In the preface to this book, the authors point out that present-day emergency departments care for many nonurgent medical and surgical "emergencies," and that a large proportion of the children are less hurt or ill than their parents are frightened. The manual, therefore, aims to synopsize the diagnosis and treatment of all acute medical and surgical problems of childhood, from the minor common cold to the serious gastric perforation. Robert Reece, a pediatrician who is Chief of the Pediatric Walk-In Clinic at Boston City Hospital, collaborated with a distinguished pediatric surgeon (now dead), Dr John Winslow Chamberlain, to produce this three-part manual.
A very short introductory section discusses administrative policies, probably of the author's own emergency department, and contains some brief but pertinent medicolegal advice.
The main section outlines the work-up and treatment of acutely ill or injured children. Instructions are presented in structured or "cookbook" format in some sections