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October 10, 1990

Principles and Practice of Pediatrics

JAMA. 1990;264(14):1878. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450140100043

This new textbook takes a new and refreshing approach to pediatrics. The editors have chosen to divide it into five major parts, each essentially independent and self-contained.

Part 1 covers general pediatrics. These 250 pages contain topics relevant for all pediatricians and would-be pediatricians. For those of us who enjoy the history of medicine, the chapter by Dr Harold Harrison on the history of pediatrics in the United States is particularly enjoyable. Dr Evan Charney does an excellent job of putting the field into perspective, providing relevant demographic data and a view of where pediatrics may be headed. The editors include chapters on topics that are gaining in importance, such as medical ethics, molecular genetics, and economics, and some that are frequently overlooked in pediatric training, such as how to read the medical literature and the proper use of consultations. They are successful in presenting these topics in light of