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Edited by Professor Tim J David. (Pp 231; £35.) Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd, 2002. ISBN 1-85315-509-8.
This paperback book edited by Professor Tim David has 14 chapters written by experts in their field, both from within the UK and abroad.
Topics include noisy breathing, sinusitis, cystic fibrosis, nitrous oxide in alleviating pain, investigation of easy bruising, feeding disorders, diabetic ketoacidosis, warts, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and the book ends with four chapters regarding the understanding of Muslim customs, the management of a potential organ donor, learning and staying up to date, and ends with a paediatric literature review produced by Professor David himself.
The book is easy to read, set out with appropriate illustrations, photographs, tables, each chapters highlights key points for clinical practice which provide a clear summary of the remaining text. This book will be very useful to all paediatricians training for their membership exams and for specialist registrars and consultants to help them keep up to date in recent advances in the fields covered.
At £35 for 231 pages, the book is reasonably priced and will be a useful addition to all paediatric departments.
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