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January 4, 1995

Pediatric Therapy

Author Affiliations

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa


edited by Heinz F. Eichenwald and Josef Stroder, 3rd ed, 1234 pp, $125, ISBN 1-55664-381-0, St Louis, Mo, Mosby, 1993.

JAMA. 1995;273(1):85. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520250101045

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Books on pediatrics abound; there are so many you would be hard pressed to read them all. The major texts, known affectionately as "Nelson's," "Rudolph's," and "Oski," are veritable storehouses of information about childhood ills. For most readers, I suspect, the choice of book comes down to style. But as superb as these texts are, their primary focus is not on the treatment of illness, but rather on the clinical manifestations, pathophysiology, and differential diagnosis of pediatric disease. While they certainly discuss therapy, they are sometimes impractical when it comes to "now I've got a sick child and what exactly do I do?"

Pediatric Therapy is one of a handful of books whose sole purpose is to serve as a compendium of therapy for childhood illness, and it has made a solid addition to my library. (Another is Gellis and Kagan's Current Pediatric Therapy, 14th edition, edited by Burg, Ingelfinger,

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