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Emergencies in paediatrics and neonatology
  1. J Thomson
  1. Julia Thomson, Homerton Hospital, Homerton Row, London E9 6SR, UK; juliathomson{at}

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Edited by Stuart Crisp, Jo Rainbow. Published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2007, pp 352, £19.95 (soft cover). ISBN 978-0-19-856866-7

Presented in the reassuringly familiar Oxford Handbook format, this pocket sized publication aims to provide clear and simple but definitive early management strategies for anyone assessing and/or managing acutely unwell children. We “field tested” the book in our busy paediatric emergency department in London and although some of us had a few relatively minor issues with it, in general it got the thumbs up, particularly from the more junior doctors and nurses. It didn’t fall apart either.

The book starts with a concise, informative and eminently sensible chapter entitled “Coping with patients and parents” which is essential reading for people new to paediatrics – preferably before their first shift. The other bit to read before starting work is the psychiatry chapter which, as well as dealing with specific mental illnesses and touching on …

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