It’s changeover day, you’re on the special baby care unit for the first time ever…what you want is the paediatric equivalent of the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine to help steer you through the rapids of paediatrics…this handbook…gives succinct guidance [and] is the book I want in my back pocket on changeover day. (C K Bird, Archives of Diseases in Childhood)
An exciting new addition to the Oxford Handbook Series, the Oxford Handbook of Paediatrics provides a compact guide to all aspects of acute and chronic paediatrics. The Handbook’s team of specialist contributors and editors have successfully condensed many years of clinical experience into a pocket-sized compendium of clinical problems and treatment options. Taking a ‘child-centred’ approach to the subject, the authors have provided comprehensive coverage of areas such as neonatology, surgery, genetics and congenital malformations and child protection in a user-friendly and succinct style. Sections are also devoted to covering the treatment of children in the community, and the psychological effects of illness on both the child and their family. With practical advice and space for personalised notes, this handbook will be invaluable to all those involved in the care of the younger patient. A ‘must have’ resource at all stages of training and in various clinical practice settings.
About the Author
After undergraduate studies in Cambridge University Robert Tasker undertook his graduate medical education in London and higher professional specialist training at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, and The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA. His first Hospital Consultant post was in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine and Intensive Care at Great Ormond Street. After 7 years he moved back to Cambridge where he is now University Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics and Honorary Consultant Paediatrician specialising in Intensive Care. For the last 9 years he has directed undergraduate education in paediatrics at the Cambridge University Clinical School, and more recently he has been extensively involved in developing a new undergraduate curriculum and examination in Paediatrics. He is Director of Medical Studies for undergraduates at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He is educational supervisor for higher professional trainees in Paediatrics in his Department. After studying medicine at the University of Leeds Rob McClure trained both as a Paediatrician and then a Neonatologist at various centres including Leeds, Liverpool, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, and in both Perth and Sydney in Australia. His first consultant post was in Neonatal Medicine at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, where he also ran the Paediatric Gastroenterology service for several years. After 6 years he moved to St John of God Hospital in Perth, Australia where he is currently Head of the Neonatal Department. He is a clinician and clinical researcher into Neonatal Nutrition. Dr Carlo Acerini studied pharmacology (BSc Hons, 1984) and medicine (MBChB, 1988) at the University of Dundee, Scotland. After postgraduate training in paediatric medicine in the West of Scotland, he trained and undertook research in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes at the University of Oxford and at the University of Cambridge. Dr Acerini is currently University Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and a Consultant Paediatrician (Endocrinology & Diabetes) at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. His research interests are in Type 1 diabetes and endocrinology in children and adolescents.
The first ‘boke’ of pediatrics printed in English was written by Thomas Phaire (1510-1560), a man from East Anglia who studied medicine at the University of Oxford. The book had 56 pages, measured 3 7/8 inches (9.8 cm) by 2 5/8 inches (6.7 cm) and was covered. . . innumerable passions and diseases, so that the body of man is subject, and in addition, in general, the tender age of children is irritated and greedy with these diseases.
Costume of the brain, swelling of the head. . . ‘ 1 In 1553, the “innumerable passions and diseases” reached 39 presenting clinical problems. As doctors, we met and worked for the first time in the heart of East Anglia (University of Cambridge) and now we have collaborated with Oxford University Press in this company, a new pediatric handbook. Our similarity with Thomas Phaire has not escaped us, especially because we see the importance of basing a text on common clinical problems that arise.
Our main goal is to provide a compact source of information and clinical thinking that can be used in the clinic or hospital ward, at a time when the child is being seen. The challenge, therefore, was to distill the content of the information found in several textbooks into a conveniently sized manual without the loss of important information.
We easily reached the limit in the pages they gave us, so we had to be strict in the selection of key facts crucial for clinical practice. Our intention is that the manual is used from the beginning of education in pediatrics to the general superior training in the field.
We have maintained the tradition of providing content and text that often exceed what is required by the generalist; We believe it is important that students and readers see the full picture. There are spaces where you can add more conference notes, other readings, and personal experiences.
This is destined. It means that the manual can be personal, develop it with you and use it in any practice you choose: hospitalist, generalist, or community and family practice. Above all, we hope that the manual will give you the confidence to handle pediatric clinical problems effectively and safely.
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