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The 5-minute paediatric consult (5th edition)

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Edited by M William Schwartz. Published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia 2008£54 (hardback)10-0781775779

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5:32 am. The paediatric registrar is drinking tea on the ward puzzling over bizarrely deranged electrolytes and can’t quite recall all 12 causes of hypernatraemia associated with hirsutism.

10:47 am. The registrar is covering the consultant’s respiratory clinic. The next patient has alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and parents with 101 questions.

Well if you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find it, maybe you might value the 5-minute pediatric consult. It claims to be an invaluable resource for the overworked paediatrician, using the “highly popular 5-minute outline format to provide …quick access to pertinent information when addressing …

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