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A clinical handbook in adolescent medicineOct. 28 2013
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Kate Steinbeck, an endocrinologist and the inaugural Medical Foundation Chair in Adolescent Medicine at the University of Sydney from 2010 has teamed up with Michael Kohn, a clinical associate professor in adolescent medicine at Children's Hospital in Westmead, Australia, to produce a fine handbook in adolescent medicine. They have gathered 85 professionals from Australia, United Kingdom, United States, Canada and India to produce 52 chapters on many aspects of adolescent medicine and health. This book spans from a discussion on normal physical development and growth at puberty in chapter 1 to cardiovascular risk factors and atherosclerosis in chapter 52. In between you will find chapters on communicating with adolescents, transition issues, alcohol, dying, obesity, sports, cancer and much more. Each chapter has more or less the same format with introduction, assessment, discussion, management and conclusions. I looked especially at the chapter by Helen Somerville from Children's Hospital in Westmead and Cameron Ly from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney on “Adolescent and young adult with intellectual disability and complex health needs”, which is a welcome chapter in this comprehensive handbook. Children with chronic disease and disability today live into adolescence and adulthood, which is therefore a good reason for this chapter. In a short review they discuss spina bifida, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome from a holistic health approach. All in all a good resource for health professionals working with this age group.
Professor Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc, Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, POBox 1260, IL-91012 Jerusalem, Israel. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org