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Children’s Medicine and Surgery. By Forrester Cockburn, Robert Carachi, Krishna N Goel, and Daniel G Young. (Pp 539; £42 paperback.) Arnold, 1996. ISBN 0-340-55143-7 .
A paediatric text that is attractively presented, easy and entertaining to read, and beautifully illustrated, as this is, is much needed to provide a sound basis in paediatrics and paediatric surgery for medical students and senior house officers. The authors have provided a broad picture of common paediatric conditions with a useful insight into the pathophysiology. I would have liked to have seen more discussion of some of the many controversial issues existing in medical practice. I also feel that it would have been worthwhile appraising current national management guidelines. The text, I would suggest, does not cover rare paediatric conditions in sufficient detail to be suitable for candidates embarking on MRCP part 2. However, the illustrations in themselves virtually constitute a colour atlas of paediatrics, making the book a worthwhile addition to the reading material of all paediatricians in training.