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Book and Media Reviews
January 20, 2010

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

JAMA. 2010;303(3):277-278. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.2031

The needs of critically ill and injured children are vastly different from those of their adult counterparts. The specialized needs of critically ill and injured children were formally recognized with the creation of subspecialty certification for pediatric critical care medicine in 1987 and for pediatric emergency medicine in 1991. The creation of formalized training programs in both subspecialties has led to a need for high-quality, comprehensive textbooks detailing the evaluation of and care for critically ill and injured children. However, compared with their counterparts specializing in the care of adults, specialists in pediatric critical care medicine and emergency medicine have relatively few textbooks from which to choose, and a pressing need exists for concise, easy-to-use, readable textbooks that may be used as reference texts by the vast number of emergency physicians who do not have formalized subspecialty training in pediatric emergency medicine. The third edition of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, edited by Strange, Ahrens, Schafermeyer, and Wiebe, comes close to filling that need.