The Whole Pediatrician Catalog: A Compendium of Clues to Diagnosis and Management

Irwin Polk, MD
JAMA. 1982;247(20):2834. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320450066046.
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This volume might be better subtitled, "All You Ever Wanted to Know About Pediatrics But Were Too Busy to Look Up." The soft-cover volume includes more than 500 pages of the kind of pediatric trivia that is of no consequence until it is needed, at which time it becomes crucial. Examples of this include tables of normal values for plasma pancreatic and salivary-type amylase, normal clitoral size in the newborn, size of gas-filled bowel loops in infants, and a table of 1,000 drug names that look alike or sound alike and therefore have the potential for causing confusion in telephoned prescriptions. A table of fast foods indicates the weight and kilocalorie and sodium content of fast foods by manufacturer; a hamburger from McDonald's can be compared with one from Burger King, a serving of shrimp with batter from Long John Silver's compared with a fish sandwich with cheese from Dairy


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