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Pocket book of hospital care for children: guidelines for the management of common illnesses with limited resources
  1. J Thomson,
  2. A Chavan

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Edited by WHO. : 2005, £8.65 (US$15 (approx.); €12 (approx.)), pp paperback, pp 378. ISBN 9241546700

Wow! If only this book had been around when we were overseas in Namibia and India respectively…

This is a book aimed at doctors, senior nurses, and other senior health workers who are responsible for the care of young children in developing countries. Edited by WHO, the contributors are eminent paediatricians from around the world and it shows. It has up to date WHO guidelines on all the common illnesses health workers would come up against. The approach is practical and detailed, the language clear and non-patronising.

The book measures 10.5cm×15cm×2cm thick and every millimetre is used to its full potential; every sentence has a message, every diagram is relevant, every table or chart is clear and space-saving. Yet in the pressure for space, important …

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