Reviewer: John M. Neff, MD (University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: This guide to pediatric chronic illnesses is presented in two sections, one on general considerations and one on specific disease groups or categories, and includes an appendix of resources.
Purpose: Although the author does not specifically state the purpose of the book, it is quite clearly written as a general guide for those whose pediatric practices include children with chronic illnesses. The book meets this very worthwhile purpose and there are few if any books that fill this particular need.
Audience: The book seems to be written primarily for general practitioners and clinics that provide general comprehensive primary care for children with chronic illnesses. It is of minimal value to residents, students, or specialty clinics. It also is of limited value to clinics that see primarily well children, or only a small number of children. The author has a wide range experience in taking care of children with chronic illnesses.
Features: In the first section the author covers the essential issues involved in taking care of the majority of children with chronic illnesses. It is broadly comprehensive and covers a wide range of topics, all of which are important. In the second section, the author has selected specific conditions grouped by disease category and has covered the essential ingredients for care of children with these conditions. A major feature is a comprehensive appendix that itemizes the support groups and organizations that serve these children. The book by the nature of its broad approach to these issues can not go into a great deal of depth.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for any clinic or physician that cares for a significant number of children with chronic illnesses. It is well organized and easy to read. Because of the broad approach that covers many complex subjects, it cannot go into much depth in any specific area. It will be necessary for interested readers to follow up with other resources for more in-depth information. The book fills a very important clinical need and provides an excellent resource of organizations and support groups who can help involved families and practitioners.