Top Pediatric Textbooks for Diagnosis and Treatment

All ​pediatricians need a good library with reference books when they are faced with complex problems. These books will help you make the right diagnosis and plan your patient's treatment.


Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 21st Edition

The 21st edition of this textbook is often considered the 'gold standard' for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric physical, psychological, and social conditions. This classic and comprehensive text has recently been expanded even further to include contemporary issues spanning from sports-related brain injury to the abuse of bath salts.


Red Book 2018: Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 31st Edition

The 31st edition of the American Academy of Pediatrics Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases includes information about immunizations, common and uncommon pediatric infections, and a guide to antimicrobials and related drugs and therapy.

In addressing over 200 pediatric conditions, this book provides recommendations made by the CDC, the FDA, and the compiled opinions of hundreds of practicing pediatricians.

Three new chapters were added in 2018 for Chikungunya, Coagulase-Negative Staphylococcal infections, and Zika.


The Harriet Lane Handbook: 21st Edition

This portable manual for house officers has been found in the pockets of house officers for generations. It is written by residents for residents and reviewed by faculty at the Johns Hopkins medical center.

The 21st edition has been updated to include the latest treatments and recommendations for common pediatric problems. It can also be accessed online for those times it's not in your pocket.


Zitelli and Davis' Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis: 7th Edition

The 7th edition of the Zitelli Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis is a gold standard when it comes to photographs of pediatric medical conditions.

It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and this atlas includes over 2500 pictures of conditions ranging from the common pink eye to the rare Williams syndrome. It's also said that when you add up all of the rare conditions out there they are quite common, and this book can make the process of identifying those conditions a bit easier.

Like the Harriet Lane Handbook, this reference can be accessed online from your smartphone or tablet while making rounds.


The 5-Minute Pediatric Consult: 8th Edition

The 5-Minute Pediatric Consult is a quick reference book in an easy to use format to help you diagnose and treat common pediatric conditions.

This manual provides quick access to over 500 pediatric problems. It also provides an appendix called "5-Minute ​Education" to aid in those teaching moments while making rounds.


Emans, Laufer, Goldsteins Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 6th Edition

This textbook of pediatric and adolescent gynecology is a useful guide to topics that are important but less often talked about in pediatrics.

Put together by experts from the Children's Hospital of Boston, this text covers the basics of the gynecologic history and physical in pediatric patients, the physiology of puberty, and common gynecological problems in children and adolescents such as precocious puberty and sexually transmitted disease.

Newly covered in this text is the important topic of fertility preservation in child and adolescent cancer patients.


Current Diagnosis and Treatment Pediatrics, 24th Edition

The 24th edition of this well known Lange series text includes everything pediatricians need to treat children from birth and infancy through adolescence.

In addition to detailed descriptions of medical conditions, the book provides detailed information on diagnostic and therapeutic procedures commonly performed in pediatrics, as well as quick access to normal lab values.


Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care, 5th Edition

From the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, this new 5th edition includes information about common childhood orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions, including knee pain, fractures, hip dysplasia, and more.

This 'go-to' guide provides step by step instruction in a problem/solution format and includes illustrations to make the information much easier to conceptualize.


Smith's Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation, 7th Edition

Smiths, a clinical atlas of pediatric malformations, is the place to go when you suspect a genetic or environmental abnormality in a child. Diagnosing genetic syndromes and dysmorphic conditions may be made a step easier with this source which includes over 1500 pictures.


Color Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology, 4th Edition

High-quality color photographs enhance this completely updated, practical guide to the diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases in neonates, infants, children, and adolescents.

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