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Book and Media Reviews
February 25, 2009

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

JAMA. 2009;301(8):884-889. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.189

This textbook is an excellent resource to add to any emergency department setting. It is reader friendly, serving both as a quick reference and as a substantive educational resource. The layout is exceptionally appealing and makes good use of figures and tables. The glossy full-color pages allow for abundant use of high-quality photographs and graphics. Chapters address unique topics sometimes not addressed in other texts, such as vaccination-related complaints, minor infant complaints, and the steroid-dependent child. The editors have also taken on some emerging pediatric emergency department topics, such as disaster preparedness, somatoform disorders, and interpersonal violence. One of the most unique sections, titled “The Practice Environment,” includes chapters on the community emergency department, end-of-life issues, patient safety, quality of care, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, consent, confidentiality, minor status, family presence, and the child-friendly emergency department.