What are the books that a pediatric resident needs to read?

Not only the undergraduates, but even the post graduates are confused about choosing a book for their residency. I will enlist the 11 essential books to be read by a pediatrics resident. As I am from India, I'll be mentioning quite a few Indian books.
1.      Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics - The Bible of Pediatrics according to many. It's a wonderful book and almost everything that a resident needs is there in that book. Examiners usually get satisfaction if you quote Nelson as the reference for the answers.

2.      One Indian author book (Optional) (O P Ghai/ Piyush Gupta/ Santhosh Kumar) - It's important that you also read an Indian book as it will provide information about the practices happening at our country and how we do things in limited resource settings. Usually Indian books are relatively easy to read and understand as it is concise.

3.      One book on nutrition (I use the book written by Dr. K E Elizabeth, “Nutrition and Child Development”) - It's necessary for a pediatric resident to be aware of everything related to nutrition, growth charts, diet, RDA etc. At the place where I am doing my residency, we use the book on “Nutrition and Child development”, written by Dr. K E Elizabeth. It’s a book which describes in detail almost all aspects of nutrition and growth.


4.      AIIMS Neonatology Protocol - It's a very well written book on neonatology and easy to refer also, especially when you are at the middle of a situation. It was my life saver, when I was posted at NICU. The advantage of following an evidence based protocol is that you can eliminate potentially harmful practices.

5.      Cloherty and Stark manual of Newborn care - Neonatology is very different from rest of pediatrics. The diseases, drug doses, management etc. are totally different. So you need to have a separate book to read and understand. It describes the theory part of almost all neonatal conditions.

6.      One book on immunization (I use the book written by Dr. Sheeja Sugunan, “Immunization Guidelines and Applications”) - As a pediatric resident, you will face a lot of queries regarding the immunization, its adverse events, indications and schedule. It's good to have a good source to read about it. Even though we know the schedule and dosages of the vaccines, even some of the pediatricians don’t know the reason for making such a schedule and how it is different from the WHO recommendations and the operational difficulties etc. In this era of anti-vaccine campaigners, it’s the need of the hour that we propagate what is evidence based information about the vaccines.

7.      PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support manual) - The book needed to learn about pediatric emergency and critical care management is PALS manual. It's a wonderful book where everything is explained in a very simple fashion. This was a book which I enjoyed reading as the language used was so simple to understand.

8.      Manual of pediatric emergencies and critical care – I used the emergency manual written by Suchitra Ranjit for my PICU postings. You may not have a clue about the management of many emergencies and when those cases arrive at the PICU, these manuals are of great help.

9.      One clinical examination book (Piyush Gupta/ Meherban Singh/ Santhosh Kumar) - History taking and examination is the key to making a good diagnosis and in pediatrics also, this stands true. You need to have a pediatrics clinical examination book where everything about clinical examination is explained well. Following it will help a lot not only at clinics but also at exams.

10.  SAT Protocol (I am including this because I use it on a regular basis and it is really helpful) - SAT protocol is prepared by the faculties of Sree Avittom Thirunal Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram, India. It's a book where you will get the management of all the diseases that we commonly encounter. The approach to the patient, investigations to be sent, treatment to be initiated etc. are well written.

11.  One prescriber - Pediatric drug dosages are difficult to remember. So, one prescriber is necessary.

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