Pediatric Diagnosis: Interpretation of Symptoms and Signs in Infants, Children, and Adolescents.

Pediatric Diagnosis: Interpretation of Symptoms and Signs in Infants, Children, and Adolescents. – book reviews

Valerie J. Gilchrist

By Morris Green, M.D. Pp. 530. Price, $45. W.B. Saunders, Curtis Center, Independence Square West, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3399,1992.

As the title of this clear and concise book indicates, it is problem oriented. Divided into two sections, the first section is based on physical examination and the second larger section is based on signs and symptoms. The short chapters average about five pages (although they run anywhere from two to 12 pages). The author has accomplished his purpose of presenting a differential diagnosis for presenting problems.

Although more illustrations would have been helpful, the text contains several helpful features: For example, the ICD-9 codes are included for the different diagnoses to be considered with each symptom presented; the superficial review of differential diagnosis is accompanied by numerous references in the body of the text as well as in the footnotes, and the tables before each symptom chapter provide a good review for the reader.

Most family physicians will enjoy and appreciate this book’s problem-oriented approach but I would have appreciated a discussion of management strategies and a more in-depth discussion of differential diagnoses (which are at times presented as little more than listings).

This well-organized and helpful book would appeal to clinicians who want a ready access to differential diagnosis.

COPYRIGHT 1993 American Academy of Family Physicians

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