This book represents the German equivalent of the American "Handbook of Pediatric Medical Emergencies," by DeSanctis and collaborators, dealing with pediatric medical emergencies.
The book covers principal areas of pediatric medical emergencies, but it has notable major omissions. For example, the only acute poisoning covered is that due to mushrooms, while the huge area of poisoning due to inhalant and ingested toxins, drugs, and industrial products is left out. While concepts of rapid diagnosis are well presented, therapy is frequently outdated and, in some instances, unphysiological. The preoccupation of German pediatrics with baths, packs, and the use of fresh air harks back to many years ago, and much of the specific therapy recommended is more vigorous from the point of view of drug administration than American pediatricians are likely to sanction.
There are many reasons why this book will undoubtedly continue its present popularity in German-speaking medicine, but it has