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The "house officer's bible" has been revised once more, this time with Jerry Finkelstein as the solo editor. This handy pocket-sized book, by now a classic for the hassled pediatric house officer, has been a standard compendium of laboratory values, drugs, dosages, growth tables, and pediatric procedures for as long as most of us have been seeing children. Its purpose and design has changed little over the years; there's no need for it to change, for it fills a niche in the reference material needed by the largely inpatient-oriented physician caring for children. The user must be careful not to use it as more than a convenient source of refreshing the memory on material easily forgotten or impossible to learn. It is not a text to be read for understanding diseases or to use in selecting laboratory tests to help in making a diagnosis.
The last manual was published in
SAYRE JW. The Harriet Lane Handbook: A Manual for Pediatric House Officers. Am J Dis Child. 1974;128(2):267-268. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110270141044