If a professional is to budget for one reference text devoted to the acknowledged, time-tested fundamentals of adolescent and young adult health care, I highly recommend this comprehensive, 1200 plus—page, 1992 publication with 146 contributors. It will be a most useful and often-used addition to a medical library for primary care providers, nurses, surgeons, and mental health and social workers who, because of their education, training, and experience with this specific age group (loosely, 12- to 21-year-olds) are quick to agree with the contributors and editors that adolescence "is not an older child" or "a training period for adulthood." There are indeed special needs and characteristics of adolescents.
The index alone is 40 pages, beginning with Aarskog syndrome and ending with zinc. It has become extremely useful to me, especially to refresh quickly and concisely various syndromes and surnamed diseases whose definition and significance may have been lost since professional