Oxford Handbook of Paediatrics (Oxford Medical Handbooks)

Oxford Handbook of Paediatrics (Oxford Medical Handbooks)

european journal of paediatric neurology xxx (2013) 1 Official Journal of the European Paediatric Neurology Society Book review Oxford Handbook of P...

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european journal of paediatric neurology xxx (2013) 1

Official Journal of the European Paediatric Neurology Society

Book review Oxford Handbook of Paediatrics (Oxford Medical Handbooks), Robert C. Tasker, Robert McClure, Carlo L. Acerini (Eds.). 2nd ed. Oxford University Press (2013). Flexibound. 1120 pp. £34.99, V##.##$59.95. ISBN: 978-0-19-960830-0 An exciting new addition to the Oxford Handbook Series, the Oxford Handbook of Paediatrics, second edition, provides a compact guide to all aspects of acute and chronic paediatrics as well as general and paediatric specialities. Now fully revised and updated with the latest evidence and guidelines, this new edition of the Oxford Handbook of Paediatrics is a compact source of information and clinical approach that can be used in the clinic or hospital ward, at the time when any child with any medical problem is being seen. Intention of the Handbook’s team of specialist contributors and editors is that the handbook be used from the start of one’s education in paediatrics all the way through to higher general training in the field. This book continues the excellent style maintained by the Oxford Handbook series. The handbook consists of 31 chapters ranging from sections from epidemiology, evidence and practice, through the more traditional topics, such as clinical assessment, resuscitation, procedures, major systems, and concluding with international health and travel, and paediatrics, ethics and the law. Chapter 1 is about “practicing paediatrics” and there is a welcome message to paediatrics and child health. It describes paediatrics as challenging and rewarding area of medicine. Professional skills and knowledge those would be expected of a good paediatrician are also summarized here. Chapter 2 is on “epidemiology, evidence and practice” and it provides the epidemiological information and basics of statistics those will be useful in everyday clinical practice. In subsequent chapters on traditional topics, each chapter follows the same format, 5e40 sections, followed by bullet points. Each section includes subtitles for causes, differential diagnosis, clinical assessment, investigations, management, prognosis, etc. Both signs and symptoms of illness, as well as specific diseases are covered. Virtually all topics are limited to 1e2 pages of important

information. The last chapter 31 highlights the ethical issues in everyday clinical practice. All chapters have been updated for this new edition, with enhanced usage of diagnostic and treatment algorithms. With practical advice and space for personalized notes, this handbook will be invaluable to all those involved in the care of all children. This book is well formatted, written in a clear and didactic style, beautifully presented and the layout is very reader friendly. This excellent mini-reference book should be on every doctor’s desk, or in every hospital doctor’s white coat pocket. However, it would be more user-friendly if all drugs and dosage, normal values of tests are separately mentioned as annex. It would be more attractive if different colour coding is used for different subtitles. As a paediatric neurologist, I find the Oxford Handbook of Paediatrics as a very useful reference book which answers a direct question that a clinician has about general paediatrics, therefore this essential handbook provides rapid access to information to help with any day-to-day problems which might arise in any paediatric specialities including paediatric neurology. As a paediatric neurologist from a developing country, our work is not only in paediatric neurology and we are also responsible for managing children with general paediatric problems and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate medical students. Therefore, I find this handbook as an invaluable tool for me as well as for students. Aimed primarily at doctors in training in clinical paediatrics and specialist nurses, the Oxford Handbook of Paediatrics will also prove invaluable to staff in accident and emergency, general practitioners, and also for paediatric specialities including paediatric neurology. Kyaw Linn Yangon Children’s Hospital, Yangon, Myanmar E-mail address: [email protected] 1090-3798/$ e see front matter http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpn.2013.06.001