By Tim Barrett, A Lander, V Diwakar
A whole revision of this profitable pocketbook, the fourteenth version of A Paediatric Vade-Mecum presents the junior medical professional and trainee grade paediatrician with precious info at the analysis and administration of disease in little ones, and with functional evidence-based recommendation for the secure and potent administration of the ailing child.
Retaining the easy-to-digest variety that has made past variations so renowned, the content material has been restructed into 5 significant sections: acute paediatric difficulties, outpatient paediatrics, formulary, common values and word list of phrases, with entries in sections 1 and a pair of organised alphabetically for ease of reference. Pre-registration condominium officials, SHOs and SpRs in Paediatrics, and GPs in education shouldn't be with no own reproduction.
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