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Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Authors:  William B. Carey, MD, Allen C. Crocker, MD, Ellen Roy Elias, MD, Heidi M. Feldman, MD, PhD and William L. Coleman, MD
Pages: 1060    Hard Cover 2  Clinical Consult
Elsevier/ Saunders Ltd.   2010
List Price:  $176.00

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Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics 4th Edition
     The successful practice of medicine in the Biopsychosocial model is
contingent upon the recognition of the patient as a multifaceted being. 
Suboptimal outcomes in healthcare are often the result of strict focus placed on
the physical dimension without regard to its complex interactions with mental
capacities and societal influences.  Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics is one
of only a handful of subspecialties that has been directly derived from this
“whole patient” perspective.

     Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, now in its 4th edition has served the
monumental purpose of being a comprehensive resource for this essential
subspecialty of Pediatrics.  Staying true to its goal, this edition continues to
keep pace with an impressive amount of information, conveniently contained
within the covers of one moderately sized volume.  Given the wide breadth of
information that necessarily must be included, the editors have done a superb
job of balancing the coverage of behavioral and social interaction topics along
with pertinent aspects of the clinical management of major developmental
disorders with biological therapies.

     A discussion of normal psychosocial development sets the foundation for the
text.  What sets this text apart from many that cover similar subject areas is
the systematic inclusion of information regarding family and social influences
Rather than grouping the various social relationships that impact the child into
a common category and generalizing, separate chapters are dedicated to issues
such as adoption, divorce, and the media. 

     Another strength of the book is its coverage regarding the biological basis
of some of the most common and a few rare medical conditions with developmental
consequences.  Within this section there is exceptional coverage of
neurodevelopment.  Genetic disorders including fragile X and inborn errors of
are succinctly reviewed in light of the quickly advancing research on
congenital disease both biological and psychological.  Medical illnesses, both
acute and chronic are analyzed from the perspective of their effects on the
psychosocial functioning of the child and family.  Outcomes are discussed across
the spectrum of the biopsychosocial model.

     Once again, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics 4th edition takes its place
as the required reading for residents and fellows in the field. In addition to
those wishing to enter the subspecialty of Developmental-Behavioral pediatrics;
general pediatricians, child psychologists, and social workers will also benefit
from the insightful contents of this book. 

-Joseph V. Russo, M.S.  -  MedicalScienceBooks .com

From the Publisher:  

The fourth edition of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics the pioneering, original text emphasizes children's assets and liabilities, not just categorical labels. It includes fresh perspectives from new editors Drs. William Coleman, Ellen Elias, and Heidi Feldman, as well as further contributions from two of the original editors, William B. Carey, M. D, and Allen C. Crocker, M.D. This comprehensive resource offers information and guidance on normal development and behavior: genetic influences, the effect of general physical illness and psychosocial and biologic factors on development and behavior. It is also sufficiently scholarly and scientific to serve as a definitive reference for researchers, teachers, and consultants. With a more user-friendly design and online access through Expert Consult functionality, this resource offers easy access comprehensive guidance.

Key Features:

  • Features new chapters dealing with genetic influences on development and behavior, crisis management, coping strategies, self-esteem, self-control, and inborn errors of metabolism to cover the considerable advances and latest developments in the field.
  • Focuses on the clinical aspects of function and dysfunction, rather than arranging subjects according to categorical labels.
  • Emphasizes children’s assets as well as their liability so you get a well-developed approach to therapeutic management.
  • Concludes each chapter with a summary of the principle points covered, with tables, pictures and diagrams to clarify and enhance the presentation.
  • Offers a highly practical focus, emphasizing evaluation, counseling, medical treatment, and follow-up.
  • Features superb photos and figures that illustrate a wide variety of concepts.

What's New about the new edition of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics?

  • Offers access to the full text online through Expert Consult functionality at www. expertconsult.com for convenient reference from any practice location.
  • Features new chapters dealing with—Genetic Influences on Development and Behavior, Crisis Management, Coping Strategies, Self-Esteem, Self-Control, and Inborn Errors of Metabolism.
  • Presents a new two-color design and artwork for a more visually appealing and accessible layout.
  • Provides the latest drug information in the updated and revised chapters on psychopharmacology.
  • Introduces Drs. William Coleman, Ellen Elias, and Heidi Feldman to the editorial team to provide current and topical guidance and enrich the range of expertise and clinical experience.
  • Covers the considerable advances and latest developments in this subspecialty through updates and revisions to existing material.


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