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The 12th edition of the Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics maintains the standard of excellence of the previous editions. It has been substantially modified with many additions and revisions. Overall, the new edition remains as one large volume with 1,810 pages of text plus two large appendices. The previous edition was only slightly longer.
Sections dealing with psychosocial and developmental issues are particularly strong, with relatively little change from the previous edition. Unlike other major pediatric texts, the Nelson text includes sections, albeit brief, on adoption and foster care. In addition, discussions touch on separation of parents and the impact of television on children. Attention-deficit disorders are simply and concisely presented.
Infectious disease sections are well written and complete. Numerous tables have been included to help the clinician form a differential diagnosis of infectious etiologies from dermatologic manifestations. Other tables list distinguishing characteristics of various illnesses such as infectious diarrheas. Unfortunately,
Zitelli B. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. JAMA. 1984;252(8):1065. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350080065037