Pediatric Emergency Medicine edited by Roger M. Barkin is a wonderful addition to the treatment room of any emergency department or pediatric office where pediatric emergency care may be needed. It is also an important addition for a reference library. It is organized and written to be used for immediate management guidelines or for study. The index is comprehensive. One of the greatest strengths of this text is that it represents, through authors and editors from throughout North America, state-of-the-art practice in a new and rapidly evolving specialty.
Most conditions of importance to the provision of pediatric emergency care can be found quickly in the text through the index. However, there is an organizational weakness in that individual chapters do not naturally fit into the eight units to form a complementary whole. For example, the chapter "Lower Extremity and Pelvis" is included with "Musculoskeletal and Soft Tissue Injuries" even though