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September 23, 1992

Pediatric Outpatient Procedures

Author Affiliations

Pittsburgh, Pa

JAMA. 1992;268(12):1603-1604. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490120117044

Although pediatricians may not be known for their technical prowess, there are, unquestionably, a great many procedures that must be mastered if one is to provide comprehensive and efficient pediatric outpatient care. This multiauthored text is a collection of such procedures, and they are assembled in a simple, thoughtful, detailed, and well-illustrated fashion.

The book's 25 chapters cover technical skills used in all aspects of pediatric outpatient care. The initial chapters deal with basic topics, such as growth and vital sign measurements, immunization and medication administration, and developmental screening. Then follow chapters describing procedures relating to each body system—skin, eye, ear, nose, throat, etc. The final chapters address specialty procedures such as sexual abuse evaluation, allergy evaluation and treatment, and toxicologic, surgical, and radiologic procedures.

Within each chapter, the procedures are arranged as primarily screening, diagnostic, or therapeutic measures. Virtually all are presented in the same reader-friendly format: purpose; selection