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Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics Hardcover – International Edition, 1945
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"This Product provides a wealth of information along with updates which could never be provided in as easy as seamless a way as they are presented here.Most textbooks would do well to emulate this format in years to come." -Doody's Book Review Service
"It is clear that the usefulness of Nelson's 17th edition has been greatly increased by its textual revisions and by the addition of its CD-accessed interactive Web site." ―JAMA --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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You can't go directly to the index, instead you must first go to the table of contents click that then go to the A of the index then page by page thumb through the index to get to your key word. The index is not bookmarked by letter so you have to spend an evening leafing through the index and creating your own bookmarks for each letter of the alphabet.
You can't search only the index, the e-reader will search the entire book (a lengthly procedure) then you are expected to look at multiple irrelevant citations before you find the one important one. Once you go to a citation via the find function, the chapter or subsection is not listed at the top so you have to page forward or back to see where you are in the book to determine the relevance of that citation.
Looks like we have to wait a bit longer to get an e-library for reference books.
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.
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 NelsonPediatrics.com 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
>NELSON'S INSTALL DIRECTORY):
>1. Download and install the international version of the JRE 1.2.2 (the
>one we use for Nelson) from
>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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