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Bedside Pediatrics: Diagnostic Evaluation of the Child

Am J Dis Child. 1983;137(10):1029. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1983.02140360087032.
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This long text is organized in different fashion than the "classic" texts in pediatrics. It is divided into four sections: (1) "Signs and Symptoms" (688 pp), (2) "The Newborn" (34 pp), (3) "Radiography and Electroencephalography" (37 pp), and (4) "Interpretation of Some Laboratory Tests" (139 pp). The bulk of the text attempts to lead the reader to interpretation of his patient's major finding(s), rather than recounting a classic description of disease. A review cannot do justice to all the content of such a volume; I have selected specific sections of each division of the text for detailed review.

Eight pages are devoted to the subject of ataxia and are organized as to definition, clinical evaluation (principally physical findings), and differential diagnosis (in which all possible causes are explored by etiologic category). The discussion is complete, and the reader can gain a comprehensive overview of this sign by relatively brief perusal.


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