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July 21, 1989

Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Author Affiliations

Stanford University Hospital Stanford, Calif

Stanford University Hospital Stanford, Calif

JAMA. 1989;262(3):415. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430030103048

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This is the second edition of a textbook, originally published in 1983, that was designed to meet the needs of those physicians responsible for the care of the acutely ill or injured pediatric patient. In so doing it fills a need that is nicely summarized by the authors in their preface to the first edition. They state, "Textbooks of Emergency Medicine relegated pediatrics to a single chapter, as if to suggest that small children had only a small number of problems.... All too often they dwelled on the intricate diseases at the expense of the common problems."

The textbook is divided into six major sections and is replete with excellent illustrations and radiographs. The first section discusses pediatric resuscitation. The next is problem oriented and lists 46 common chief complaints ranging from cough and coma to red eye and vaginal bleeding. Sections III, IV, and V are disease oriented, encompassing