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Book review
ABC of the First Year and ABC of One to Seven
  1. Rebecca Winterson
  1. Correspondence to Rebecca Winterson, Southmead Hospital, Bristol, UK; Rebecca.Winterson{at}

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ABC of the First Year and ABC of One to Seven Edited by Bernard Valman. Published by Wiley Blackwell, 2009, pp 168, £27.99 (soft cover). ISBN: 1405181052

The paediatric books in the ABC range were first published in 1980, and are now onto their sixth edition having stood the tests of time. However, particularly in the case of ABC of the First Year, this ageing is perhaps becoming disappointingly apparent. Although it is clear that much of the text contains practical advice developed during years of experience, it differs in places from current best practice, National Laboratory Service teaching, British Thoracic Society recommendations, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines and so on. There is reference to oral polio vaccine, oral salbutamol and recommendation to treat all otitis media with antibiotics. In many cases, the rather dated pictures also appear to be preserved from the much earlier editions. …

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