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Edited by Louis A Pagliaro and Ann Marie Pagliaro. (Pp 829; $99.) American Pharmaceutical Association, 2002. ISBN 1-58212-001-3.
This textbook is well written and is easy to follow. It is a comprehensive text regarding paediatric prescribing including sections on drug administration, drugs as human teratogens, and gives good advice regarding drug excreted in breast milk. There are comprehensive sections regarding adverse drug reactions and paediatric poisoning and two large separate sections regarding drug dosing in neonates and separately for infants, children, and adolescents.
There are additional useful chapters regarding abuseable psychotropic use among children and also a comprehensive chapter regarding paediatric immunisations.
This textbook will be of principle use to pharmacists working in the paediatric and maternity field and in addition is a useful textbook to have available in any paediatric and neonatal department to inform safe and improved prescribing.
The book is reasonably priced at $99. It is comprehensively referenced and, thus, evidence based.
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