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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Reference Work, Sept. 4 2003
Bert Smits (Mechelen Belgium) - See all my reviews
The Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics covers just about
every possible subfield in childrens medicin. As
a lot of different authors have contributed, the style
tends to differ a lot between different sections and
Some of the chapters, such as the one describing the
immune system, are very technical and only aimed at
the well-versed in microbiology, whereas others, like
the acutely ill child, are very descriptive and make
a compelling read.
NToP is a particularly useful reference work for
those who want to read a good description on a
particular pathology or disorder. It is not written
or intended as a diagnostic aid, but rather as
a starter to bring the reader up to speed in a
particular subject after the diagnosis has been made.
It is also not intended as "the last word" on anything.
For instance, although the pediatric cardiology section is
extensive, you will need rather more to discuss a complicated
case with the pediatric cardiologist at the local university
Sadly, some topics are barely touched. Look for sliding
hernia or oesophagitis, for example, and you will be
This book is a useful investment both for medical
practicioners and the loving parents to which it is
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great features, further improvement possible, Dec 31 2001
By A Customer
I don't think I need to explain how great the "Nelson's Textbook of Pediatrics" is, so I focus on the features as software.
This product is based on a java applet and for Windows and Macintosh. For each of the chapter, about 30 review questions are available in a multiple-choice format. The answer is not only with alphabetical one, but also with a concise explanation with a link to the textbook. I find this feature very helpful. I haven't checked "Nelson Review of Pediatrics, 2nd ed., Behrman,R.E.CW.B.Saunders , 2000 263p", but the publisher says that this feature is based on this book.
Update service is available. Every time when you launch the program, you are asked whether it checks the updates. Full access to for further information is also available, after you sign up on the web site. After all, the support service is awesome.
However, there are some things you should know as windows users, which is why I put 4 stars. First, you are required to use Netscape or Internet Explorer as your default browser. The browser must be new enough, too. Second, you must insert the CD-ROM every time you use this program, since it doesn't install all the files to your hard disk unlike the previous edition. Third, if you are using localized Windows other than English, you may have to replace some files. The procedure is as follows, quoted from the mail I got immediately from the support center:
>The Java Runtime Environment (JRE) that we distribute with the Nelson
>product is not the internationalized version. It could be that one of
>the following may address the issue (FIRST BACKUP THE JRE DIRECTORY IN
>1. Download and install the international version of the JRE 1.2.2 (the
>one we use for Nelson) from
>[...] Then
>copy the installed JRE directory and all contents to the Nelson
>directory, naming it JRE.
>2. Download and install the international version of the newer JRE 1.3.0
>from [...] and do the
>same thing as above.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Textbook of Pediatrics, May 2 2000
This review is from: Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics 16/E (Hardcover)
No medical text can ever be comprehensive, or completely up to date. The science of medicine advances so quickly that books are outdated the day they are published.
Nonetheless, "Nelson's Textbook of Pediatrics" comes as close as possible. Along with another other classic pediatric text, "Rudolph's Pediatrics," Nelson's represents the best of pediatric medicine in America. Every pediatrician has a favorite, but Nelson's is the gold standard.
Nelson's is particularly strong in pediatric cardiology and immunology. For the latest in infectious disease, see the "Red Book" published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. For neonatology, developmental pediatrics, and the surgical sub-specialties, consult specialty books in those fields. For congenital malformations and syndromes, "Smiths's" (by Jones!) is a good place to start. For the latest in oncology, your best bet (after your local trusted oncologist) is to search Medline or the Web, but watch out for quackery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Depth Pediatric Reference, May 14 2004
Lala "Lala" (Bronx, NY United States) - See all my reviews
When I was on my PA Peds rotation, I often consulted this great reference in the medical library. Now, that I have my own book, I know its value. There is no other Pediatrics book out there that is better than this one. Don't waste your money on less expensive books like Current Pediatrics which doesn't cover half as many topics as Nelson. Also, for a great little pocket books, try Harriet Lane and Current Clinical Strategies Pediatrics 5 Minute Review.
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