Thursday, April 25, 2013

How to perform clinical examination of pediatric surgical patients

For long pediatric surgery lacked a book showing how a clinical examination of pediatric surgical patients should be conducted. Uptil now Pediatric Surgeons seems to have been coping with this by their experience and reading adult clinical exam books like Browse's Introduction to the Symptoms and Signs of Surgical Disease or relying on pediatric medicine clinical examination books. A clinical examination book would be a gem for trainees and residents who will be appearing in examination of pediatric surgery. In this post two essential books will be reviewed which allow us to understand this subject better and provide us a clear text regarding clinical examination in pediatric surgical patients.
  • First Book is: 

Symptoms and Signs in Pediatric Surgery 


Book Description:

Authors:  Georges L. Kaiser
Pages: 620
Publisher: Springer
Date: 2012
ISBN-10: 3642311601
ISBN-13: 978-3642311604



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Summary: 


This Book was compiled in 10 years time by Professor of Pediatric Surgery in Bern, Switzerland. The book explains how a patient presents, how to assess clinially, perform different clincal examination to make a differential diagnosis and even treatment. The book is specially targetted for young pediatric surgeons. The content has been compiled after years of experience and would be appealing to even the more experienced pediatric surgeons in the World. You can read the google preview yourself to find out if it suits you or not:

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Book Info: 


This concise textbook of pediatric surgery is designed to guide the reader logically from symptoms and signs to diagnosis and treatment. Each chapter is devoted to one of 35 key symptoms and signs, which are organized according to six body regions: head, neck, chest, abdomen, urogenital system, and back. In each case, a brief assessment of the presenting sign/symptom and differential diagnosis is followed by discussion of occurrence, clinical presentation and significance, diagnostic work-up, treatment, and prognosis. Informative tables, illustrations, and up-to-date references are included throughout. Readers will also have access to an e-learning tool developed in collaboration with the Institute of Medical Education, University of Bern, which highlights the characteristics of pediatric surgical disorders and their treatment and includes clinical, radiological, and intraoperative images. Every physician and surgeon, whether specialist or generalist, who cares for children will find this book to be an invaluable source of information. It is based on the extensive personal experience of the author, which includes teaching at all levels and training of pediatric surgeons.

  • Second Book is 

The Surgical Examination of Children 


Book Description

Author: John M. Hutson, Spencer W. Beasley
Pages: 290
Publisher: Springer
Date: 2013
ISBN-10: 3642298133
ISBN-13: 978-3642298134

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Summary: 

The Book is a great resource for information and techniques which are useful for examining a pediatric surgical patient. This book is by a renowned Professor of Pediatric Surgery, in
New Zealand. The book is actually the techniques used by the Authors which they learned and discovered and practiced over many years of their practice. The book is short but it is oriented towards only clinical examination. The book goes to certain length in explaining the basis of examination techniques. It would be useful for anyone related to pediatric surgery, be it the new training surgeon or a consultant pediatric surgeon. Read its Google preview here:

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Book Info: 


This book demonstrates clearly how to perform a clinical examination in the infant or child who has a surgical condition. Most textbooks of pediatric surgery focus on the pathological classification and overall management of disease, rather than the practical details of how a diagnosis is made. Yet, in clinical practice, experienced physicians and surgeons usually use a problem-oriented approach to clinical diagnosis. Surprisingly, this is rarely taught to students. The authors attempt to redress this imbalance by providing a clinical approach to the patient which can be learned with a minimum of factual information. The book should therefore remain useful to the practitioner throughout his or her medical career. It includes detailed coverage of the usual presentations of common diseases, but does not attempt to cover all aspects of the presentations of uncommon diseases unless their recognition is important for the well-being or survival of the child. Generally illustrated, this is a book for all who are learning the art of pediatric surgical diagnosis.

4 comments:

  1. There is another book: Symptoms and Signs in Pediatric Surgery. Its explained here: Link and its much better than this book.

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