Book Reviews

Textbook of Paediatric Emergency Medicine 2nd Edition 2012

Edited by

Peter Cameron
MBBS, MD, FACEM, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicne. Monash University, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

George Jelinek
MB, BS, MD, DipDHM, FACEM, UWA Departemnt of Emergency Medidine, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Western Australia.

Ian Everitt
MBBS, DipAnat, FRACP, FACEM, Emergency Paediatrician, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Subiaco; Joondalup Health Campus, Joondalup, Western Australia.

Gary J. Browne
MBBS, MSpMed, FRACP, FACEM, FAAP, Head of Academic Emergency Medicine & Senior Physician, CHW. University of Sydney, Clinical School. University of Notre Dame, Sydney. University of NSW, Faculty of Medicine.

Jeremy Raftos
MBBS, FRACP, Director, Paediatric Emergency, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Children, Youth and Women?s Health Service, North Adelaide, South Australia.

Churchill Livingstone Elsevier
Sydney 2012
ISBN 9780702033681

Type and scope of book
The Cameron et. al. team deliver the paediatric upgrade to the success adult Emergency medicine series. The book is a commprehensive attempt to cover the enormous variety of paediatric patient presentations. The book uses a large list of 105 expert contributors to write the different chapters. The book aims to present knowledge of Australian paediatric emergency medicine, best practice standards.

Section 1 Approach to the Paediatric Patient
Section 2 Resuscitation
Section 3 Trauma in Children
Section 4 Wound management
Section 5 Cardiovascular
Section 6 Respiratory
Section 7 Gastorenterology and hepataology
Section 8 Neurology
Section 9 Infectious Diseases
Section 10 Endocrine and metabolic
Section 11 Haematology and oncology
Section 12 Dermatology
Section 13 Eyes
Section 14 ENT and dental
Section 15 Obstetrics and gynaecology
Section 16 Renal
Section 17 Psychiatric
Section 18 Crisis intervention
Section 19 Adminstration and EMS
Section 20 Analgesia and sedation
Section 21 Poisoning
Section 22 Environmental
Section 23 Common procedures
Section 24 Orthopaedics and rheumatology
Section 25 Male genitalia
Section 26 Acute neonatal problems
Section 27 Transport and retrieval
Section 28 Teaching and paediatric emergency medicine
Section 29 Paediatric research in the emergency department
Section 30 Adolescent medicine in emergency medicine

The book uses recognised experts in the variety of specialist fields. Most of the authors have many published works. Many authors are leading researchers and use best evidence based knowledge to unpin their contributions to the book.

The book is edited and written for a Australian audience. The book is written to best practice standards and uses current Australian best practice evidence based guidelines. This give the reader confidence in the knowledge presented.

The book short sections make it easy to read. This would make it easy for some studying for the ACEM fellowship exams. The variety of expert knowledge can be tapped into to. This expert knowledge sets standards in assessment and care which is useful to the practitioner.

The books attempt to include a common procedures section is very useful to the reader and practitioner. This section has the most use of pictures and drawing in the book. These pictures and drawing greatly enhance the text. More practical procedures could have been included in this section.

Paediatric emergency medicine contains many common presentation patterns. This books covers those presentations but includes the rarer diversity of presentations that can attend a ED. This allows the practitioner that does not see these presentations commonly with information that give best practice guidelines to assess and treat children.

The order of the sections of the book make no sense at all. The sections are grouped randomly so there is no sense of flow to reading the book. Knowledge is delivered in isolation so it is hard for the reader to build on learning gained earlier in the book.This is a weakness that could have been so easily sorted and made the book more useful.Within the sections the knowledge is also grouped randomly making reading again difficult at times.

The book covers a massive amount of information. To achieve this the sections are short. This makes the book cover these areas in a superficial sense, in comparative to specialist knowledge written in a specialist text. Certain common presentations eg. diabetes, could have had more depth.

There could have been more use of colour throughout the book. There are some colour photos in the dermatology section but none in the rest of the book. The black and white drawing are useful but could have had many more included. The common procedures chapter 23 could have had a more step by step approach with the drawing and photos.

Recommended readership
This book has emergency doctors and nurses as its core readership. Students studying for exams will appreciate the knowledge contained in the text. Both experienced and inexperienced practitioner gain can benefit from the book due to the wide variety of specialist knowledge to book presents.

This book would be of use in the clinical area of a emergency department. The variety of specialist knowledge would assist the inexperienced and experienced practitioner to make correct decisions in assessment and treatment. This variety of specialist knowledge covers many rare but inevitable attendances and situations.

Overall rating
The textbook contains much vital knowledge for the paediatric emergency practitioner. The standards of assessment, diagnostics, and treatment options is the book core strength. The book though should have had a greater ordering of information for ease of reading and referencing. Further colouring of pictures and drawing would have enhanced this book information delivery.