Barkin and Rosen designed Emergency Pediatrics to provide the front-line clinician with rapid access to the broad range of data needed to make clinical judgments. They have succeeded in creating a useful resource for pediatricians, emergency physicians, and other providers who care for children with emergent and urgent problems.
The book is divided into 11 sections and four appendixes. Initial assessment, cardiac life support, fluids and electrolytes, and newborn emergencies are discussed in the early sections. Subsequent chapters deal with specific emergent and urgent complaints, environmental problems, poisoning, and trauma, with a separate section devoted to orthopedic injuries. The latter half of the book is designed as a mini-reference with diagnostic categories organized by systems. The appendixes contain descriptions of procedures, reference standards, and formulary and instruction sheets written for parents for common pediatric illnesses.
Various aspects of the book are appealing. The section headings appear on the back cover,