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Continuing self-education by reading current medical literature is occasionally problematic for the practicing physician. Aside from the constraints of time and interest, the dryness of much of the writing in journals and textbooks drives wouldbe readers away. It is exciting, then, to find a comprehensive textbook on a subject of clinical importance and relevance that is not only a true pleasure to read, but also current and highly informative: Child Abuse and Neglect: A Medical Reference.
Although the book lists 21 authors, each of its 19 chapters is, with rare exception, of high quality. The four introductory chapters deal with the etiology of child abuse, the physician's role, the law, and prevention. The editor, Norman Ellerstein, uses a device that has been well employed in another modern pediatric text (Klaus and Fanaroff's Care of the High-Risk Neonate). At the end of his opening chapter he poses "commonly asked medical questions
Borgenicht L. Child Abuse and Neglect: A Medical Reference. JAMA. 1982;247(10):1499–1503. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320350095044
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