Handbook of Pediatrics

Harry Shirkey, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(4):791. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320220193048.
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How does one review a book that has been excellent and that has been kept excellent, except to summarize by saying that it continues to be an excellent shorthand version of the whole subject of pediatrics? It is practical, up-to-date, and, except for one of the dust covers, has utilized every conceivable piece of space to convey information to the reader. The three authors have made this handbook excellent and have kept it up to date. One can only appreciate the numerous topics covered by carefully searching through the book.

Rather than as a point of criticism, I mention the following as a point for attention: the drug naloxone (Narcan) is new and as yet is an "orphaned" drug for infants and children. Should a drug that has not been sufficiently studied in newborn or older children be included?

This book is highly recommended for all students of medicine, including


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