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Paediatric Handbook, 8th Edition

Kate Thomson (Editor), Dean Tey (Editor), Michael Marks (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-7400-8
656 pages
March 2009, BMJ Books
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The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne is a leading clinical and training centre in paediatrics. This Handbook is a highly popular, succinct guide to managing common and serious disorders in childhood. It is used far beyond the hospital by medical, nursing, and allied health professionals caring for children. It emphasizes the community-based approach to the management of children's problems along with clinical management by the doctor of first contact. This new 8th edition has been updated in line with the Hospital's Clinical Practice Guidelines and features clear illustrations and diagnostic and management algorithms.

The must have management guide for all paediatric clinicians and students

With today’s busy clinician requiring an reliable, ‘one-stop-shop’ to questions on important paediatric conditions, who better to present the latest edition of a popular paediatric handbook than the team at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, long-regarded as the leading clinical and training centre for Paediatric Medicine in Australia?

Some of the exciting new features of the 8th edition include:
• New chapters on sleep, continence, slow weight gain (failure to thrive) and obesity
• Extensively revised chapters on renal conditions, pain management and immigrant health
• New topics on continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (pumps), cystic fibrosis, stroke and management of illicit drug poisoning
• Links to useful internet websites are now included, indicated by a www symbol in the text margins
• A new supplementary website at www.rchhandbook.org
• Resuscitation guide and Australian Immunisation schedule on inside covers

Besides being a clinical management guide to paediatrics, this is also an excellent supplemental handbook for students, junior medical staff and any medical practitioners needing a tool to enable fast decisions at point of care.

Review of the previous edition
“ This is an excellent handbook, which is most comprehensive and easy to use. It is highly recommended for all resident and registrar staff in paediatric hospitals and paediatric units. “
- Journal of Paediatric Child Health

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Emergencies.

1 Medical emergencies.

James Tibballs and Ed Oakley.

2 Poisoning and envenomation.

James Tibballs.


Part 2 Procedures and Pain Management.

3 Procedures.

Georgia Paxton and Peter Barnett.

4 Pain management.

George Chalkiadis, Greta Palmer and Jane Munro.


Part 3 Fluids and Nutrition.

5 Fluid and electrolyte therapy.

Julian Kelly and Trevor Duke.

6 Nutrition.

Julie Bines, Kay Gibbons and Michele Meehan.

7 Slow weight gain.

Michael Harari.

8 Obesity.

Kay Gibbons, Zoë McCallum and Matthew Sabin.


Part 4 Child Public Health.

9 Immunisation.

Jenny Royle and Jim Buttery.

10 Immigrant child health.

Georgia Paxton and Jim Buttery.


Part 5 Development.

11 Common behavioural and developmental problems.

Daryl Efron and Sheena Reilly.

12 Sleep problems.

Margot Davey.

13 Constipation and continence.

Susie Gibb and Michael Harari.

14 Developmental delay and disability.

Catherine Marraffa and Dinah Reddihough.

15 Adolescent health.

Susan Sawyer.


Part 6 Psychosocial Problems.

16 Child psychiatry.

Maria McCarthy and Chidambaram Prakash.

17 Child abuse.

Anne Smith and Chris Sanderson.

18 The death of a child.

Peter McDougall, Jenny Hynson and Mary O’Toole.


Part 7 Medicine and Surgery.

19 Allergy and immunology.

Mimi Tang and Joanne Smart.

20 Burns.

Russell Taylor.

21 Cardiac conditions.

Paul Brooks and Dan Penny.

22 Dental conditions.

Nicky Kilpatrick.

23 Dermatologic conditions.

Rod Phillips and David Orchard.

24 Ear, nose and throat conditions.

Robert Berkowitz and Michael Marks.

25 Endocrine conditions.

Margaret Zacharin, Garry Warne, Fergus Cameron and George Werther.

26 Eye conditions.

James Elder and Peter Barnett.

27 Gastrointestinal conditions.

George Alex and Lionel Lubitz.

28 Gynaecological conditions.

Sonia Grover.

29 Haematologic conditions and oncology.

John Heath and Paul Monagle.

30 Infectious diseases.

Nigel Curtis, Mike Starr and Josh Wolf.

31 Metabolic conditions.

Avihu Boneh and George Werther.

32 Neonatal conditions.

Peter McDougall and Rod Hunt.

33 Neurologic conditions.

Andrew Kornberg, Simon Harvey, Mark Mackay and Wirginia Maixner.

34 Orthopaedic conditions.

Kerr Graham and Peter Barnett.

35 Renal conditions.

Colin Jones.

36 Respiratory conditions.

John Massie and Sarath Ranganathan.

37 Rheumatologic conditions.

Roger Allen and Jane Munro.

38 Surgical conditions.

John Hutson and Tom Clarnette.

39 Prescribing for children.

Noel Cranswick and Andrew Rechtmann

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Author Information

Dr Kate Thomson, General Medicine, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Dr Dean Tey
Dr Michael Marks
, Department of Paediatrics, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
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The Wiley Advantage

New edition of the popular handbook

  • Provides information in an accessible style including clear illustrations
  • Includes modern, community-based approaches
  • Strong emphasis on the practical management by the doctor at first contact
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?Well presented summarized information means that you can generally pick it up during a consultation and find the answer to your question.? ( Australian Family Physician, August 2009)

"Besides being a guide to clinical management and for rapid decision at point of care the book is a useful source of revision for students and paediatricians in training.... It is highly recommended." (Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, May 2009)

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