Pediatric Primary Care
Hoekelman's Handbook: Primary Pediatric Care Companion, by Robert A. Hoekelman, 307 pp, with illus, paper, $24.95, ISBN 0-8151-4458-7, St Louis, Mo, Mosby, 1997.
I received Primary Pediatric Care, third edition, and the complementary Hoekelman's Handbook: Primary Pediatric Care Companion a few weeks ago. I decided to take them both on a test drive through my pediatric practice.
The large textbook is a well-thought-out introduction to pediatrics and all components of pediatric practice, including preventive care, psychosocial issues, and acute and chronic diseases. Although much of the health maintenance information is elementary for an experienced practitioner, it is readable and informative for students of pediatrics at all levels. I strongly recommend it to anyone taking up pediatrics in any capacity. I couldn't think of any issues in regular practice that this text does not at least touch on and found many discussed in more detail than in other