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Paediatric Handbook, 8th Edition

Paediatric Handbook, 8th Edition

Kate Thomson (Editor), Dean Tey (Editor), Michael Marks (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-35915-2

Aug 2011

656 pages

Select type: E-Book



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
• 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

Contributors, vi

Editorial committee, xii

Foreword, xiii

Preface, xiv

Part 1 Emergencies

1 Medical emergencies, 1
James Tibballs and Ed Oakley

2 Poisoning and envenomation, 14
James Tibballs

Part 2 Procedures and Pain Management

3 Procedures, 30
Georgia Paxton and Peter Barnett

4 Pain management, 54
George Chalkiadis, Greta Palmer and Jane Munro

Part 3 Fluids and Nutrition

5 Fluid and electrolyte therapy, 71
Julian Kelly and Trevor Duke

6 Nutrition, 85
Julie Bines, Kay Gibbons and Michele Meehan

7 Slow weight gain, 102
Michael Harari

8 Obesity, 105
Kay Gibbons, Zoë McCallum and Matthew Sabin

Part 4 Child Public Health

9 Immunisation, 110
Jenny Royle and Jim Buttery

10 Immigrant child health, 125
Georgia Paxton and Jim Buttery

Part 5 Development

11 Common behavioural and developmental problems, 136
Daryl Efron and Sheena Reilly

12 Sleep problems, 147
Margot Davey

13 Constipation and continence, 154
Susie Gibb and Michael Harari

14 Developmental delay and disability, 160
Catherine Marraffa and Dinah Reddihough

15 Adolescent health, 175
Susan Sawyer

Part 6 Psychosocial Problems

16 Child psychiatry, 187
Maria McCarthy and Chidambaram Prakash

17 Child abuse, 202
Anne Smith and Chris Sanderson

18 The death of a child, 211
Peter McDougall, Jenny Hynson and Mary O'Toole

Part 7 Medicine and Surgery

19 Allergy and immunology, 224
Mimi Tang and Joanne Smart

20 Burns, 243
Russell Taylor

21 Cardiac conditions, 251
Paul Brooks and Dan Penny

22 Dental conditions, 262
Nicky Kilpatrick

23 Dermatologic conditions, 268
Rod Phillips and David Orchard

24 Ear, nose and throat conditions, 287
Robert Berkowitz and Michael Marks

25 Endocrine conditions, 298
Margaret Zacharin, Garry Warne, Fergus Cameron and George Werther

26 Eye conditions, 326
James Elder and Peter Barnett

27 Gastrointestinal conditions, 336
George Alex and Lionel Lubitz

28 Gynaecological conditions, 350
Sonia Grover

29 Haematologic conditions and oncology, 360
John Heath and Paul Monagle

30 Infectious diseases, 380
Nigel Curtis, Mike Starr and Joshua Wolf

31 Metabolic conditions, 422
Avihu Boneh and George Werther

32 Neonatal conditions, 431
Peter McDougall and Rod Hunt

33 Neurologic conditions, 452
Andrew Kornberg, Simon Harvey, Mark Mackay and Wirginia Maixner

34 Orthopaedic conditions, 472
Kerr Graham and Peter Barnett

35 Renal conditions, 488
Colin Jones

36 Respiratory conditions, 505
John Massie and Sarath Ranganathan

37 Rheumatologic conditions, 525
Roger Allen and Jane Munro

38 Surgical conditions, 532
John Hutson and Tom Clarnette

39 Prescribing for children, 543
Noel Cranswick and Andrew Rechtmann


1 Growth charts, 547

2 Pharmacopoeia, 564

3 Antimicrobial guidelines, 600

4 Formulae, 613

Index, 615

?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)

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