Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics (Illustrated Colour Text) Paperback – Illustrated, 6 Aug 2001
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"I first saw this book and it took me two minutes to decide to buy it. Paediatrics is the first exam I have passed without a viva or re sit and I have to say that the quality of your textbook had a lot to do with it. If I had used the recommended textbook I would surely have failed! The book is clear, concise, has a lot of pictures and brings paediatrics to life. It is also very practical, does not go into too much detail and does not disillusion the student with masses of useless information. If all our textbooks were as good as this, passing med school exams would be far easier." Sushant Varma, University of Sheffield
"Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics 2/e" covers the core curriculum for undergraduate teaching of clinical paediatrics. The second edition retains the innovative, full-colour design of the first, incorporating numerous colour photographs, diagrams, illustrated case histories and clinical hints tips highlighted by a 'smiley face' icon. The writing style is succinct, with bullet-point lists used to facilitate reading and learning, and the content is pared down to cover what students really need to know and no more. There is one new chapter on The Child in Society covering general issues in child health in developed and developing countries. All the system-based chapters have been thoroughly revised and coverage of ethics, evidence-based medicine and developmental paediatrics has been expanded.See all Product description
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All the information you need to know is written out in simple English. The chapters focus on the important conditions within the different systems as well as other additional information that is pertinent in the field. eg. child protection and genetics
Worth every penny and is bound to get you through exams.
This book is over-rated, especially by the authors. It is colourful, has diagrams and pictures, and is interesting to read, but not very organised in any logical manner and contains a lot of waffle, while it lacks detail on many topics. It does not have an organised approach to the subject and is hard to use as a quick revision tool as it is not at all concise. It is probably better suited as a reference text but even then then structure of the book and lack of detail make it less useful.
3rd edition review (4 stars):
I found the new (3rd edition) of this book much better than the previous one (of which I was not a fan at all). Useful new summary boxes and text is slightly better organised with less irrelevant material and blabbering than the previous one. Pictures and illustrations are excellent as usual. Another welcome new feature is the 'case history' boxes to illustrate actual presentations.
The description of an Illustrated text is a bit of a misnomer, although there are more picture than the average text, this number is not huge and there is no attempt to integrate these into the text or replace section of text with illustrations. Further more the authors seem to have confused tables with coloured background with diagrams, and these are frequently stuck in without explanation as a way of covering the material, without describing it. I know some people like this, and I think it is good when applied to list of material which is included for completeness sake but which you would not necessary be expected to remember, but here it looks like a student essay trying to include as much material as possible while staying within their word count. Further more I find the style of illustration used annoying when applied non-diagrammatically, e.g. when illustrating infants, and in some cases whole inadequate the illustrations of cardiac defects are so poor I was reaching for my embryology text. Also there are plenty of occasions when the diagrams add nothing to the text, e.g. a draw of a baby sitting up, or being read stories with explanations like sit supported with a straight back, or likes to be read stories, these do not need diagram and every reader should know what these thing look like with a diagram. On the plus side photos are used quite often and are generally good illustration of the topic.
To my mind what really make this book standout is the unbelievably poor quality of the text. The structure is not logical chaptered do not always cover all the relevant condition and normal condition which may be suspected to be pathological are hardly given any weight, especially in the orthopaedics section, although this is probably in common with a lot of other books and probably explains why the next generation of GPs will continue to make unnecessary referal. The text does not build sequentially in any way, and what is worse is that it makes radical assumption as to the amount of knowledge of adult medicine the reader will know and any reader do paeds. before their medical or surgical block will often have to look up explanations for terms used in their other texts. Explanations as to how examine child are inadequately described, and examining neonate hardly mentioned at all.
In short a terrible book, which should not be brought unless you have a text with good text but no pictures, with the most unbelievably trumpet blowing blurb on the back.
Some of the content, such as the child development summary tables, are excellent, and there's no doubt that the book covers most paediatric conditions fairly well. But there isn't really that much that stands out as great; it's not very 'illustrated' (a few photos and a few blocks of text put in boxes or tables instead of as prose), and I found a lot of things were better-explained and better-illustrated in Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine, which isn't even a paeds book and doesn't make any of the claims that this book does.
Also, the index is terrible. If you look up, for example, 'Asthma', it will list all five or six pages which have the word 'asthma' on them, giving no indication at all which is the main reference, so you have to look at each page until you find the right one.
Maisoon M. Jamal , 4th Year Medical Student, Dubai Medical College , UAE