Sources of Information
If this site were an academic paper or textbook, I would have
sprinkled references to my sources through my Web pages as I wrote them.
Since I am writing mainly for non-medical people here, I have omitted many
specific references to where the information I give comes from.
(And besides, a certain amount of the information I give is based on my
own experience as a practicing pediatrician; we all accumulate this kind
of knowledge in our practices, but we don't necessarily publish it all.)
However, in a number of my pages I do cite papers from medical journals;
your local library can usually help you obtain copies of these and similar
Much of this information I present here comes from standard textbooks of
pediatrics, which try to cover all aspects of general pediatrics. (Needless
to say, these textbooks are often thicker than telephone books...) Three
of these textbooks are:
Behrman, Kliegman, and Arvin, Nelson's Textbook of Pediatrics, 17th
edition, W.B. Saunders Co., 2004
Oski, DeAngelis, Feigin, McMillan, and Warshaw, Principles and
Practice of Pediatrics, 3rd edition, J.B. Lippincott Co., 1999.
Rudolph, Rudolph, Hostetter, Lister, and Siegel, Rudolph's Pediatrics,
21st edition, McGraw Hill, 2002.
Another major source I use is
UpToDate. This is an electronic textbook of medicine which covers
several specialties, including pediatrics. The textbook only exists
online, and is updated continuously by its contributing authors. UpToDate
has an extensive section for patients as well.
Other sources include textbooks that I myself have contributed to. These
Greydanus, Feinberg, Patel, and Homnick, The Pediatric Diagnostic
Examination, 1st edition, McGraw Hill, 2007, a textbook on
techniques for examining children of all ages, modelled on
LeBlond, DeGowin, and Brown, DeGowin's Diagnostic Examination,
8th edition, McGraw Hill, 2004, a well-known textbook on physical
examination of adults.
Greydanus, Patel, Pratt, and Calles, Behavioral Pediatrics, 3rd edition,
Nova Scientific Publishers, 2009. Chapters 23 and 24 of this book, which I wrote, discuss
in detail. The references listed at the end of these chapter are also those
I used when writing the
section of this site.
Greydanus, Patel, Reddy, Feinberg, and Omar, Handbook of Clinical
Pediatrics: An Update for the Ambulatory Pediatrician, World
Scientific Publishing Company, 2010. This book was written for practising
pediatricians, and for other doctors who see lots of children in their
practices. (Full disclosure: as an editor, I receive royalties from the
publisher on sales of this book.)
Much of the information on infections and immunizations is taken from the
The "Red Book" (it always has a red cover) can be described as the
pediatrician's "bible of bugs". It contains, in easy-to-read (at least
for us!) form, information on virtually every common and many uncommon
infections and their causes, treatment, and prevention.
Another important source of information on infections is the Web site
maintained by the United States Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC is the United States'
main resource on diseases and their causes and prevention, and investigates
virtually every new disease appearing in the US and many outbreaks elsewhere
in the world in cooperation with the World Health Organization and local
public health authorities. A good example of this cooperation is the
joint investigation by the CDC, the WHO, and Hong Kong authorities of the
1997-1998 Hong Kong "bird
flu" epidemic. The CDC Web site
is updated frequently, and you should consult it for the latest information
on infectious diseases. (I do!)
(for the computer people out there...)
This Web site is meant to operate with just about any
available Web browser. For this reason, most of it is written in HTML
version 1.0-2.0 compliant HTML using as few "bells-and-whistles" as
possible. The main page and those topic pages that contain calculators
CT scan (not Cat
Scan -- and certainly not
Sniff) simulation runs inside a Java applet. Otherwise there are no
client-side scripts on this site, no frames are used, and even tables
are used rarely. I have tested most of the documents here using the
- Mozilla Firefox (all versions)
Seamonkey (formerly known as Moziila Suite)
(versions 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 4.5, 6.1, 7.0)
- Microsoft Internet Explorer (versions 3-8.
Mozilla is vastly superior to Internet Explorer
- HV (the Web browser for the
HP DOS Palmtops, included in the WWW/LX package from
D&A Software). This requires
that your Palmtop have Internet access, either hardwire through a
modem or network card or wireless through
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me know using the
is SWISH-E (the Simple Web Indexing System for Humans, Enhanced),
Kevin Hughes, formerly with
EIT (which no longer exists). SWISH-E is available from the
at the University of California, Berkeley.
The CGI interface I use to access the SWISH index is
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Written 02/14/98; revised 10/30/07; revised 09/12/13