Medicine And Books

Best books on paediatrics: a personal choice

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7057.635 (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:635
  1. Mark Rosenthal

    Trying to write an article on the best books in paediatrics is like trying to summarise Proust: the harder you try, the worse it gets. This article does not tell you what to buy but aims at getting you to open the books so that you can come to your own conclusions.

    Books for undergraduates

    ∗∗∗ Essential Paediatrics. 3rd edn. D I Johnston, D Hull. (£24.95.) Churchill Livingstone, 1993. ISBN 0 443 04782 0.

    ∗∗ Child Health: A Textbook for the DCH. 2nd edn. Ed D Harvey, I Kovar. (£50.) Churchill Livingstone, 1991. ISBN 0 443 04026 5.

    ∗∗ Jolly's Diseases of Children. 2nd edn. Ed M I Levene. ((pounds stering)49.50.) Blackwell Scientific, 1991 ISBN 0 632 02723 1.

    Essential Paediatrics is the standard British undergraduate textbook. Nearly perfect for a first paediatric student attachment, it is well laid out with pretty pencil drawings and thumbnail sketches of physiology, but the neonatal section is too brief. Child Health: A Textbook for the DCH seems to cover everything that a reasonable person would be expected to know at finals. Word based rather than table and picture based, it is now four years old and does not have enough …

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