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Book and Media Reviews
November 21, 2007

Current Diagnosis & Treatment in Pediatrics

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(19):2313-2318. doi:10.1001/jama.298.19.2315

Against a backdrop of increasingly available and marketed online resources, convenience and readability are as important as content in determining the success of pediatric textbooks. Hardback, bulky textbooks have become hardback, bulky doorstops and paperweights. Adapting to technological advances, while at the same time recognizing the limitations of technology, will determine which published resources ultimately find ubiquity in pediatric offices.

With the paperback 18th edition of Current Diagnosis & Treatment in Pediatrics, the University of Colorado–based editors have further refined the balance between breadth and depth that has made the previous editions so successful. They have wisely done so with 43 short, systems-based chapters that can be either read casually as general reviews or used for semiprecise diagnostic and therapeutic assistance in pediatric offices and on hospital wards.