5th ed, by Morris Green, 544 pp, $45, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1992.
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Dr Green points out in the preface to the fifth edition of Pediatric Diagnosis that "the pediatric clinician can never see or know too much!" This single-author text will benefit the young clinician as well as the experienced practitioner. Young physicians expanding their knowledge base of the diagnostic possibilities will find extensive lists of diagnoses that relate to well-described signs and symptoms. Those clinicians who must assess complex cases will also find the thoroughness of the book, as it relates to differential diagnosis, a distinct advantage.
The book is in two parts: physical examination and signs and symptoms. The first part is an exhaustive examination of regions of the body and organ systems. After reading this section, even the most skilled diagnostician will have to concede that, in the face of this discussion, his/her examination of patients is at times superficial. The second part consists of more than 50 chapters
PRUITT AW. Pediatric Diagnosis: Interpretation of Symptoms and Signs in Infants, Children, and Adolescents. Am J Dis Child. 1993;147(5):593. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1993.02160290099037