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B Valman, Published by The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, 2006, pp 144 (hardback). ISBN 0955293502
Working for children encompasses the past, present and future of paediatric services at Northwick Park. It is clearly written by Dr Bernard Valman, who readers of a certain age will recall was a co-editor of the Archives of Disease in Childhood with Professor Sir Roy Meadow. His experience as an editor, which I still greatly appreciate in my “growing up” as a paediatrician, is reflected within this impressive book.
He frankly recounts the challenges and rewards of multiagency cooperation and describes the challenge of setting up and maintaining a paediatric unit in a non-traditional University teaching hospital. It is a book which I believe should be read by anyone interested in the practicalities of trying to set up and run services.
As a district general hospital with a Clinical Research Centre, the Paediatric Unit at Northwick Park at its foundation in 1969 was a unique institution. What an opportunity—and, with hindsight, we can …