Barkin and Rosen have done a superb job in updating this edition of Emergency Pediatrics: A Guide to Ambulatory Care. This fourth edition qualifies both as a quick reference book and as a comprehensive resource for diagnostic data and therapeutic interventions for the acutely ill child.
The style of the book is formatted for quick reference. From the initial pages, the division of material into emergent and urgent complaints and the sequence in which the material is presented in both the table of contents and individual chapters repeatedly emphasize prioritizing diagnostic thought and therapeutic action. The presentation of subjects by diagnostic categories makes for easy reference to a particular clinical differential diagnosis, diagnostic workup, and therapeutic plan. Individual topics are presented in defined, concise chapters that never lose sight of addressing lifethreatening conditions first. Excellent tables and algorithms highlight each chapter, condensing material into a format that can be rapidly