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Manual of Emergency Pediatrics

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(2):126. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140040024018.
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The third edition of Manual of Emergency Pediatrics is edited by Robert M. Reece and has 50 contributors. It is divided into the following three sections: (1) "True Emergencies," (2) "Presenting Complaints (Signs and Symptoms of Disease)," (3) "Diagnostic Entities," with the presentation by systems. The assignment of various problems in the three sections seems a bit arbitrary. For example, the discussion on burns is in the "True Emergencies" section, but electrical burns of the mouth is in the "Presenting Complaints" section; heat syndromes are in the "True Emergencies" section, but cold injuries are discussed in the "Presenting Complaints" section. Penetrating eye injuries and toxic shock syndrome were not in the "True Emergencies" section but rather in the "Diagnostic Entities" section. On the other hand, leukemia has been placed in the "True Emergencies" section rather than in the "Diagnostic Entities" section. This type of organization is confusing and has resulted


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