In this edition of Smith's The Critically Ill Child, the editors sought to discuss "only medical conditions that occur in critically ill children." Specifically, they exclude the psychiatric, surgical, and neonatal problems found in earlier editions and concentrate on the "most common pediatric emergencies," which are "exhaustively discussed and referenced." Most chapters are written by recognized authorities on the subject, including international experts.
The 16 chapters of the book seem to be arranged in an arbitrary pattern. They deal with both specific topics (eg, Reye's syndrome and diabetic ketoacidosis), and general ones (eg, coma and acute renal failure). Most chapters have flow diagrams or algorithms, which vary in length from half a page (in the chapter "Acute Renal Failure") to four pages (in smaller type in "Acute Bacterial Meningitis"). All chapters discuss pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management.
The editors have succeeded in changing the book's format from the preceding editions. As
Fields AI. Smith's The Critically III Child: Diagnosis and Medical Management. JAMA. 1985;254(13):1827. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360130163049
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