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January 1, 1982

Pediatric Clinical Problem Solving

JAMA. 1982;247(1):88. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320260066045

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The author has written this book specifically for use by medical students and residents in pediatrics to guide them in the process of solving clinical problems. To a significant extent I believe he succeeds.

The writing style is direct and clear if a bit prolix and occasionally redundant. The author tries to abstract the process of problem solving from the content of medical knowledge. In so doing he unintentionally demonstrates how difficult this is. His technique is to use examples of childhood illnesses with the problem solving centering around the presenting complaint, eg, a child with a seizure, a child with abdominal pain, coma, fever, etc. When he is dealing with a problem of an infectious or immunologic nature, the logic is crisp, the lines of inquiry suggested pertinent and creative, and the solution to the problems incisive. On the other hand, when dealing with metabolic and physiological problems, the