The appearance of the sixth edition of Current Pediatric Therapy could raise one of two questions in the potential buyer's mind. The first question would be, "Should I own a book of this type?" The second and more commonly asked question is, "I already have the fifth edition, do I really need the sixth edition?"
This book, edited by Sydney Gellis, professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Tufts University School of Medicine, and Benjamin Kagan, professor of pediatrics at the University of California at Los Angeles, contains 335 individual articles prepared by 272 contributors. It contains a generally thorough discussion of most of the usual and some of the unusual disorders that any pediatrician may expect to encounter. Although it has its failings, it is a book that should both be owned and, more importantly, be used by pediatricians and others caring for children.