May 7, 1997

Practical Strategies in Pediatric Diagnosis and Therapy

Author Affiliations

New York, NY


by Robert M. Kliegman, Michael L. Nieder, and Dennis M. Super, 1097 pp, with illus, $75, ISBN 0-7216-5161-5, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1996.

JAMA. 1997;277(17):1411. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540410089041

Is another book on pediatric diagnosis and therapy really needed? Who has the time or energy to invest in another text? The answers are yes, if it's this one, and you had better, if you take care of children. This is a book to be reckoned with—it is the best and most practical one I have seen on the subject.

The stated goal of Practical Strategies in Pediatric Diagnosis and Therapy is "to put into a written text the verbal teaching rounds-based approaches toward clinical problem solving of the many expert clinician-educators who present at teaching conferences." This is a worthy goal, as it is these clinicians, these mentors, to whom we gravitate because of their ability to teach, to make things clear, to demand attention to detail while not losing sight of the bigger picture. The editors have chosen their authormentors well, as the final product could not be