May 1991

Difficult Diagnosis in Pediatrics

Author Affiliations

San Francisco, Calif


Edited by J. A. Stockman III, 464 pp, $45, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1990.

Am J Dis Child. 1991;145(5):541. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1991.02160050067017

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Books for the general physician who encounters children with difficult diagnoses and management problems are few, but in great demand. The major pediatric textbooks emphasize individual diseases rather than problems of diagnosis and management. This book attempts to fill that void.

The book is divided into two sections. We are told that the first section deals with approaches to evaluations of common problems and that the second section deals with specific disease entities that are difficult to diagnose or to distinguish from similar disorders. I was confused by exactly how each chapter was chosen for one section vs the other, and, therefore, this division into two sections did not help organize the book for me. Nevertheless, each chapter easily stands by itself. The book discusses a broad spectrum of disease categories, but as Stockman warns in his introduction, the list can hardly be comprehensive.

While reading each chapter, it seemed

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