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Pediatric Hospital Medicine: Textbook of Inpatient Management

Shilpa Patel, MD, Reviewer; Bryan R. Fine, MD, MPH, Reviewer
JAMA. 2008;300(7):849. doi:10.1001/jama.300.7.jbk0820-a.
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Growth in pediatric hospital medicine—a subset of pediatrics in which practitioners care exclusively or primarily for inpatients—is unequivocal. While the profession of adult hospital medicine has been around for only a decade, the pediatric counterpart is even younger, less developed, and still very much in the discovery process.

The release of this second edition of Pediatric Hospital Medicine: Textbook of Inpatient Management, coincident with the first release of a competitor text1 a few months earlier, exemplifies the evolutionary processes of a growing subspecialty. With increased professional recognition, there is a clear cycle that includes increased opportunities for academic advancement by way of writing textbook chapters, self-policing of information quality via free-market forces, and a forum for diverse opinion and robust coverage of varied topics. All of these factors lead to more established professional recognition.


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