Blueprints Pediatrics (Blueprints Series)

One of the best selling and most highly regarded volumes in the Blueprints series, Blueprints Pediatrics provides students with a concise review of what they need to know in their pediatrics rotation or the Boards. Each chapter is brief and includes pedagogical features such as bolded key words, tables, figures, and key points. A question and answer section at the end of the book presents 100 board-format questions with complete rationales. This edition includes full-color dermatology and infectious disease photographs and multicolored flow diagrams of congenital heart defects.A companion Website includes a question bank and fully searchable text.

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2 comments for “Blueprints Pediatrics (Blueprints Series)

  1. William Mcfadden "William Mcfadden"
    May 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    What is with the Zebras in this book. So I just finished up my pediatric rotation and used this book pretty heavily. Having used blueprints for Neuro and OB/GYN, I have a pretty good grasp on how this book compared to some of the other books in this series, and I have to say that I was a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, it is well written and concise, but it is not necessarily geared toward passing the pediatric shelf exam, which I was using it for. It touches on a number of points that are outright ridiculous to teach to a medical student in their pediatric clerkship. If anything, the first chapter should clue you in on this. It speaks about life saving measures in an emergency department setting. Unfortunately the ED is not covered by general pediatricians and this information is not pertinent to the pediatric shelf exam. It continues by introducing a number of diseases, zebras, which are almost never seen! For example, the dermatology chapter introduces several common rashes that present in children and then the next thing you know it is talking about Gianotti-Crosti, a very rare form of post viral exanthema. It neglects to introduce some very common problems in children, while letting minute points drag on and on. Odd facts continue in tables that are over packed with so much information that it is just doesn’t help you diagnose or manage x,y, and z. I mean really, I bought this book with the intent of reading it like a textbook, and it was really disappointing to see a chapter heading that referred you to a table without saying a word about it. In summary, this book is a broad overview of pediatrics. It is so broad that it fails to gear itself toward the medical students and helping them pass the shelf exam. So, if you would like a well written book on pediatrics that is concise and too the point, but you don’t mind a couple zebras every now and then, this is your book.

  2. Patrick A. Hagen "ID2B"
    May 28, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Lack of Focus on Important Issues This book is ok for a quick once over of all topics relevant to Pediatrics. However, it lacks any detail on the most important and high yield topics. I found myself consistently looking up topics on [...] and using other resources thus making this book a poor choice as a primary resource for pediatrics.

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