July 1997

Pediatrics: A Primary Care Approach

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of South Florida College of Medicine Tampa, FL 33606


by Carol D. Berkowitz, MD, 513 pp, with illus, $32, ISBN 0-7216-5623-4, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1996.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1997;151(7):749. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1997.02170440111025

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This text from the "Saunders Text and Review Series" is a wellstructured review of the common problems encountered by the general pediatrician.

The book is divided into 13 sections. The first section, "Primary Care: Skills and Concepts," covers such topics as talking to parents, children, and adolescents and telephone management. These are important subjects that are seldom discussed in standard texts.

The second section, "Health Maintenance and Anticipatory Guidance," also discusses topics that are not often well covered in the standard pediatric text. Subjects such as caring for twins, sleep patterns, thumb sucking, toilet training, caring for gifted children and children with handicaps, sibling rivalry, and fostering self-esteem are nicely covered with emphasis on normal development and management suggestions for parents.

Other sections include "Acute and Emergent Problems," "Chronic Diseases of Childhood and Adolescence," and "The New Morbidity," which cover child abuse, failure to thrive, attention deficit, infants of substanceabusing

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