Paediatrics: A clinical handbook

Joe Esland, Anouska Lerner, Arif Khan

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: April 29, 2019

Pages: 328 pages

ISBN: 9781907904851 Related titles: ,

Other editions available: Ebook


Paediatrics: a clinical handbook provides all the essential information required for a successful paediatrics rotation.
Written by two recently qualified junior doctors and a consultant paediatrician, the book offers an exam-centred, reader-friendly style backed up with concise clinical guidance.

Building on the success of the other ‘Clinical Handbook’ titles (Rheumatology and Psychiatry), Paediatrics: a clinical handbook provides reader-friendly coverage of the subject in an attractive full-colour design.

To help the reader get to grips with the subject quickly and easily, the book features a wide variety of learning aids including mnemonics, numerous clinical photos, OSCE tips, red flag boxes and rapid diagnosis boxes.

Paediatrics: a clinical handbook is ideal for medical students and junior doctors; like the other books in the series it will also appeal to medics who want a quick refresher of the subject.

Self-assessment tests, in the form of 20 Short Answer questions and 40 Single Best Answer Questions, are available at:

Outline of the book

1 History taking and examination 
1.1 The paediatric history
1.2 The paediatric examination

2 Development and its assessment 
2.1 Growth and puberty
2.2 Developmental assessment 

3 Neonatal medicine 
3.1 Normal neonatal physiology and anatomy
3.2 Newborn examination
3.3 Immunization schedule
3.4 Prematurity and intrauterine growth restriction
3.5 Complications of prematurity
3.6 Neonatal conditions 

4 Childhood growth 
4.1 Failure to thrive
4.2 Short stature and poor growth 

5 Child abuse 
5.1 Child protection
5.2 Physical abuse
5.3 Emotional abuse
5.4 Neglect
5.5 Sexual abuse
5.6 Fabricated or induced illness (FII)
5.7 Management 

6 The febrile child 
6.1 Acute fever
6.2 Pyrexia of unknown origin (PUO) 

7 Childhood allergy 
7.1 Allergic rhinitis
7.2 Food allergy 

8 Respiratory disorders 
8.1 Upper respiratory tract infections
8.2 Epiglottitis
8.3 Croup
8.4 Bronchiolitis
8.5 Pneumonia and lower respiratory tract infection
8.6 Aspirated foreign body
8.7 Pertussis (whooping cough)
8.8 Asthma
8.9 Cystic fibrosis 

9 Gastrointestinal disorders 
9.1 Feeding, overfeeding and weaning
9.2 Gastroenteritis
9.3 Gastro-oesophageal reflux
9.4 Infantile colic
9.5 Constipation
9.6 Hirschsprung disease
9.7 Anal fissure and threadworms
9.8 Chronic diarrhoea
9.9 Acute abdomen 

10 Cardiovascular disorders 
10.1 Acyanotic heart diseases
10.2 Coarctation of the aorta
10.3 Pulmonary stenosis
10.4 Cyanotic heart diseases
10.5 Cardiac infections
10.6 Cardiac arrhythmias
10.7 Pulmonary hypertension 

11 Renal and genitourinary disorders 
11.1 Congenital abnormalities
11.2 Urinary tract infection
11.3 Reflux nephropathy
11.4 Nephrotic syndrome
11.5 Nephritic syndrome
11.6 Enuresis
11.7 Genital disorders 

12 Neurological disorders 
12.1 Meningitis
12.2 Febrile convulsions
12.3 Epilepsy
12.4 Conditions commonly reported as seizures
12.5 Headaches
12.6 Hydrocephalus
12.7 Neurocutaneous disorders
12.8 Cerebral palsy 

13 Musculoskeletal disorders 
13.1 Leg pain and childhood limp
13.2 Bone and joint infections
13.3 Disorders of the spine
13.4 Rheumatological disorders
13.5 Vitamin D deficiency
13.6 Genetic disorders 

14 Haematological disorders 
14.1 Iron-deficiency anaemia
14.2 Haemolytic anaemia
14.3 Sickle cell disease
14.4 Thalassaemia
14.5 Haemophilia
14.6 Thrombocytopenia 

15 Dermatological disorders 
15.1 Congenital and newborn
15.2 Bacterial infections
15.3 Viral infections
15.4 Other infective causes
15.5 Inflammatory conditions 

16 Behavioural and genetic disorders 
16.1 Autism
16.2 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
16.3 Down syndrome
16.4 Genetic syndromes 

Appendix A System-specific symptoms 
Appendix B Image acknowledgements 

Five-star reviews:

Excellent resource for the prospective or new Paediatric trainee "The book is colourful, easy to navigate and to read, and contains a wealth of personal touches and insights that make it clear just why Paediatrics is such a great medical Specialty in which to participate. Many thanks!" Amazon reviewer
Superb resource! "An excellent handbook, perfect for medical students or junior paediatric trainees, with colourful and clear clinical summaries. Of particular note were sections on neonatal jaundice, visual representation of immunsation schedules, and the heart defects - often challenging to learn - beautifully simplified! Layout is well ordered, print quality perfect, and content beautifully surmised with clear and colourful tables and illustrations. The whole series are exceptional resources (particularly psychiatry and rheumatology clinical handbooks!) - highly recommended." Amazon reviewer
A great revision book "This is another great book from Scion! The structure is quite similar to the Psychiatry handbook. It is definitely a good revision tool to flick through near exam time! I love the layout of the book with clinical boxes and OSCE tips!" Amazon reviewer

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