by Herbert A. Haessler, with Christine Harris and Raymond Harris, 345 pp, $17.95, New York, Rawson Associates, 1984.
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Consistent with the modern trend of urging the layman to assume a greater role in monitoring his own health, this book speaks about children. Stressing the point that parents are in the best position to make observations on their own children, Dr Haessler and his coauthors have written a systems approach to the parent's improving his or her understanding of anatomy, physiology, child development, and growth. From skin to digestive, endocrine, urinary, and nervous systems, etc, there is much background and basic information. Findings of physical examination are described with instruction for the parent not only in understanding rashes and the meaning of lymph nodes and respiratory noises, but how to use a stethoscope (for the interpretation of heart sounds) and otoscope (ask your doctor how to use it). With some practice, a microscope, slides, and reagents, one can even learn to look for pinworm ova and do urinalyses.
SAYRE J. How to Make Sure Your Baby Is Well—and Stays That Way. Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(3):283. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140050077027