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.