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August 1981

Assessment of the Child in Primary Health Care

Author Affiliations

Tri-County Family Medicine Program Red Jacket Street, Box 339 Dansville, NY 14437

Am J Dis Child. 1981;135(8):772. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130320080033

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The goal of this book is to give the student a practical method for assessing infants, children, and adolescents in primary health care settings. As an introduction for the student it seems to accomplish this purpose in a straight forward, readable fashion. It is divided into three sections: history taking, physical examination, and child health records, with a very useful series of appendices.

The first segment on history taking describes general principles of interviewing. It stresses the importance of the relationship between the physician and family in terms of effective history taking. Listening and empathy are keys to getting a useful history. The usual areas of history are touched on, and in addition the author discusses infancy characteristics, current functioning of the child, and family functioning. These areas are much neglected in general pediatrics texts, and the author here opens the door to what affects a good physician-family relationship in

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