December 1976

Pediatric Infectious Diseases: A Problem-Oriented Approach,

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Division of Infectious Diseases School of Medicine University of California at Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 90024


by Hugh L. Moffet, 504 pp, 80 illus, 59 tables, $29, Philadelphia, JB Lippincott Co, 1975.

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(12):1381-1382. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120130087031

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


According to Dr Moffet, the objective of this book is to help the physician to "classify every patient's illness, recognize life threatening emergencies, proceed logically, evaluate the differential diagnosis, analyze situational problems, consult references and recognize new syndromes." To meet these objectives, the problem-oriented approach is employed. The book contains 21 chapters, and they vary considerably in the utilization of the problem-oriented approach and in the achievement of the author's goals.

Dr Moffet is to be commended for this undertaking, in which much of the presented information is based on his own personal experience. In the same vein, however, a bold book of this nature is an easy target for criticism by more conventional reviewers.

The section on "fever syndromes" is a highlight of the book. In this section the author has utilized the problem-oriented approach and divided fevers into several categories. These categories offer the physician an approach that

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview