Preface
The practice of pediatrics requires rapid access to evidence-based informatio
in order to make timely diagnoses and offer accurate treatment for common
conditions. This is our deliverable to you in Succinct Pediatrics.
This book is the third volume of Succinct Pediatrics, an ongoing series
published by the American Academy of Pediatrics with plans to eventually
cover the entire scope of pediatric medicine. This book covers neonatology,
development and behavior, genetic and metabolic disorders, and neurology,
and, like volumes 1 and 2, it is designed to include short chapters with key
figures and invaluable tables, providing practitioners the opportunity to deliv
the highest quality of care to their patients in the most direct way possible.
As senior editors, we were fortunate to have wonderful associate editors
who were able to select an excellent group of authors for the 250 chapters tha
will encompass the entire series. Those editors are Charles Wilson, Jack Loren
Warren Seigel, James Stallworth, and Mary Anne Jackson. In Succinct
Pediatrics: Evaluation and Management for Newborn, Genetic, Neurologic, and
Developmental-Behavioral Disorders, the authors have provided discussions o
41 topics with key points and detailed therapies. We have again chosen to
include the outstanding overview of the core knowledge needed for medical
decision-making, authored by Jeffrey Avner. Understanding medical decision
making is the foundation to making the right decisions at the right time for
patients. We have also provided evidence-based levels of decision support
(as appropriate) throughout the book to permit the practitioner insight into
the level of evidence for diagnostic tests as well as the selection of different
treatment modalities.
The parts on neonatology and common neurologic problems were overse
by Jack Lorenz, whose expertise was superb in yielding an excellent compen-
dium of pediatric information. We also thank Warren Seigel for his superb
management of the important part on development and behavior.
We truly appreciate the wonderful guidance and assistance from the
American Academy of Pediatrics. Our editors, Chris Wiberg and Carrie Peter
were extremely helpful in developing this key resource.
We sincerely hope that you will find this book an indispensable handbook
and guide to the evaluation and management of your patients.
Leonard G. Feld, MD, PhD, MMM, and John D. Mahan, M
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