December 20, 1985

The Parent's Pediatric Companion

Author Affiliations

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh University Health Center of Pittsburgh


by Gilbert Simon and Marcia Cohen, 378 pp, $17.95, New York, William Morrow & Co Inc. 1985.

JAMA. 1985;254(23):3374. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360230106037

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"Everything you wanted to ask your pediatrician but wouldn't or couldn't" might serve as a subtitle for Simon and Cohen's The Parent's Pediatric Companion. Written in the first person to simulate a conversation with a pediatrician, this book answers the numerous questions that inquisitive and sometimes anxious parents raise about their children. Most issues addressed are "nondiseases"—harmless conditions that sometimes are glossed over in discussions with the family but yet may cause concern. Simon and Cohen have written the text to enhance the relationship between parents and their pediatrician. The authors hope to prevent unnecessary anxiety from blocking parents' "pure enjoyment of their wonderful, exuberantly healthy children."

Companion is divided into three major sections: Newborn, Preschooler, and Older Child. Each has similar chapters, that deal with common variations and problems in particular anatomical areas. The discussions are introduced with a common description of the problem along with the medical term.