Elsevier Publishes 20th Edition of The Harriet Lane Handbook

The first handbook written "by residents, for residents" and reviewed by faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Philadelphia, PA, July 14, 2014

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the availability of the 20th edition of The Harriet Lane Handbook, the first medical reference book on pediatric diagnosis and therapy written by pediatric residents with guidance from faculty advisers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Since 1951, the handbook has been the go-to reference for point-of-care clinical information on the treatment of pediatric patients.

Since the first edition published, medical students, residents, physicians, nurses and other clinicians have relied on the Handbook for fast, accurate information on pediatric diagnosis and treatment. The Handbook is published every three years, with the chief residents as editors. For the 20th edition, the editors are Drs. Brandon Engorn and Jamie Flerlage. Residents review existing chapters and write updates.

The 20th edition will offer updated pediatric drug dosing recommendations, the latest vaccination guidelines, and other updates including:

Additionally, each new version indicates what has been changed, modified or revised since the last edition.

“While the Harriet Lane Handbook is steeped in tradition, it remains an authoritative, current and accurate reference for pediatric residents and practitioners worldwide,” said Linda Belfus, Senior Vice President of Content, Elsevier Clinical Solutions. “The fact that it is based on actual experiences and evidence from pediatricians in training make it the most unique, essential and definitive pediatric medicine resource available today.”

In an effort to build on the Harriet Lane Handbook’s global impact on pediatric education and practice, The Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins and Elsevier are developing a program to support pediatric education in developing countries. Although still in planning stages, this initiative will use a portion of proceeds from each copy of the Harriet Lane Handbook sold at the annual American Association of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition to fund donated copies to disadvantaged programs around the world.

For more information or to purchase the 20th edition of The Harriet Lane Handbook, go to www.elsevierhealth.com.

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About Harriet Lane and The Harriet Lane Handbook
Harriet Lane was the niece of James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States. Since President Buchanan never married, Harriet served as First Lady during his presidency until she married. Harriet and her husband lost their two young sons to complications from rheumatic fever. After Harriet Lane’s death in 1903, her estate donated a generous sum to endow a home for invalid children at Johns Hopkins. Since that time, the hospital’s pediatric residency program has been referred to as the Harriet Lane Program. In the 1950’s, residents would compile a notebook of information from their own learning experiences and those of their junior colleagues, which became The Harriet Lane Handbook.

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