The third edition of Pediatric Therapy is, as in the past, a joint effort of American and German editors, this time supplemented by contributions from 15 other countries. Each chapter was produced by two writers. Readers who expect this to be a compilation of drug doses for a variety of disease processes will be pleasantly surprised. Despite the implication of the name, the book goes far beyond such listings. To establish an appropriate basis for therapy, the editors provide descriptions of diagnostic and differential diagnostic features and specific pathophysiologic considerations, prevention, side effects of therapy, and conditions for which there is an absence of therapeutic agents, which is still pertinent to many processes.
The book has 37 parts, or sections, and 222 numbered chapters of varying length. Part 1 develops principles in the therapy of children, including general considerations, pharmacodynamics, symptomatic treatments, and the important problem of compliance. One chapter