Practical Paediatrics

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  • Michael South, Specialist in Intensive Care; Director, Department of General Medicine, Royal Children's Hospital; Professor and Deputy Head of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
  • David Isaacs, MB, BChir, MD, MRCP, FRACP, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, The New Children's Hospital, Royal Alexandria Hospital for Children, Australia

  • This is the seventh edition of a highly regarded, major textbook of paediatrics.

    Key features

    • Covers the social and preventative aspects of child health
    • Covers the common diseases of childhood and their treatment with a presenting-problem approach
    • Clinical examples throughout
    • Key learning points in Practical Points boxes throughout
    • Clearly sign-posted text

    New to this edition:

    • 51 new chapter authors
    • All chapters brought up to date with major re-writes of several chapters
    • New chapter on Sleep Problems
    • New chapter on Refugee Health


    Free online access to the whole book through, where you will also find:

    • Over 500 interactive self-assessment questions
    • Further reading
    • Links to other helpful online resources
    • Additional illustrations



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    Medical students
    Trainee paediatricians


    Book information

    • Published: June 2012
    • ISBN: 978-0-7020-5126-5

    Table of Contents

    Part 1 Current paediatrics.
    1.1 Child health and disease
    1.2 Child health in a global context

    Part 2 Clinical assessment.
    2.1 The clinical consultation
    2.2 Developmental surveillance and assessment

    Part 3 Social and preventative paediatrics.
    3.1 The child and the Family
    3.2 Indigenous culture and health
    3.3 Nutrition
    3.4 Obesity
    3.5 Immunization
    3.6 Trauma
    3.7 Failure to thrive
    3.8 Developmental disability
    3.9 Child abuse
    3.10 Sudden unexpected death in infancy
    3.11 Care of the adolescent
    3.12 Gynaecology
    3.13 Sleep problems
    3.14 Refugee health

    Part 4 Behaviour and mental health needs in childhood.
    4.1 Life events of normal children
    4.2 Common mental health problems
    4.3 Hyperactivity and inattention
    4.4 Major psychiatric disorders

    Part 5 Paediatric emergencies.
    5.1 Emergencies: causes and assessment
    5.2 Resuscitation
    5.3 Poisoning and envenomation

    Part 6 Fluid replacement.
    6.1 Fluid replacement therapy

    Part 7 Principles of imaging in childhood.
    7.1 Imaging

    Part 8 Common orthopaedic problems.
    8.1 Orthopaedic problems

    Part 9 Common paediatric surgical problems.
    9.1 Surgical conditions in older children

    Part 10 Inherited and metabolic problems.
    10.1 Birth defects, prenatal diagnosis and teratogens
    10.2 Modern genetics
    10.3 The dysmorphic child
    10.4 Genetic counselling
    10.5 Inborn errors of metabolism

    Part 11 Neonatal problems.
    11.1 The newborn infant: stabilisation and examination
    11.2 Low birth weight, prematurity and jaundice in infancy
    11.3 Breathing problems in the newborn
    11.4 Congenital and perinatal infections
    11.5 Surgical conditions in the newborn

    Part 12 Infections
    12.1 Infectious disease
    12.2 Bone and joint infections
    12.3 Meningitis and encephalitis
    12.4 Infections in tropical and developing countries

    Part 13 Allergy, immunity and inflamation.
    13.1 Atopy
    13.2 Immunodeficiency and its investigation
    13.3 Arthritis and connective tissue disorders

    Part 14 Respiratory disorders.
    14.1 Acute upper respiratory infections
    14.2 Stridor
    14.3 Asthma
    14.4 Wheezing disorders other than asthma
    14.5 Lower respiratory tract infections and abnormalities
    14.6 An approach to chronic cough and cystic fibrosis

    Part 15 Cardiac disorders.
    15.1 Suspected heart disease: assessment
    15.2 Heart disease

    Part 16 Haematological disorders and malignancies
    16.1 Anaemia
    16.2 Abnormal bleeding and clotting
    16.3 Cancers

    Part 17 Seizure disorders and disorders of the nervous system.
    17.1 Seizures and epilepsies
    17.2 Cerebral palsy and neurodegenerative disorders

    17.3 Neuromuscular disorders
    17.4 Neural tube defects, large heads and hydrocephalus
    17.5 Headaches

    Part 18 Urinary tract disorders and hypertension.
    18.1 Urinary tract infections and malformations
    18.2 Glomerulonephritis, renal failure and hypertension

    Part 19 Endocrine disorders.
    19.1 Growth and variations of growth
    19.2 Thyroid disorders
    19.3 The child of uncertain sex
    19.4 Diabetes
    19.5 Bone mineral disorders

    Part 20 Gastrointestinal tract and hepatic disorders.
    20.1 Abdominal pain and vomiting
    20.2 Infective diarrhoea and inflammatory bowel disease
    20.3 Chronic diarrhoea and malabsorption
    20.4 Gastro-oesophageal reflux and Helicobacter pylori infection
    20.5 Liver diseases

    Part 21 Skin disorders.
    21.1 Skin disorders

    Part 22 ENT, eye and dental disorders.
    22.1 Ear, nose and throat disorders
    22.2 Eye disorders
    22.3 Teeth and oral cavity disorders