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Book and Media Reviews
September 21, 2011

Chronic Complex Diseases of Childhood: A Practical Guide for Clinicians

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine; and East Bay Pediatrics, Berkeley, California (mabbottmd@aol.com).

JAMA. 2011;306(11):1265. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1337

As its subtitle indicates, this book is intended to serve as a practical guide, and it covers a wide range of chronic pediatric conditions, some relatively common and others quite rare. As a reference for pediatric residents, it offers a quick overview of many conditions seen in a children's hospital setting. However, it is not helpful for pediatricians in private practice, who may never see these conditions and would not treat them if they did, because most of these disorders are managed by pediatric subspecialists. The book's selective approach would be most useful for the physician who has already diagnosed a condition, knows it is discussed in the book, and wants a quick review of the disorder.