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Chronic Complex Diseases of Childhood

A Practical Guide for Clinicians

by Shahram Yazdani, Sean A. McGhee, E. Richard Stiehm


Publisher: BrownWalker Press
Pub date: 2011
Pages: 728
ISBN-10: 1599425351
ISBN-13: 9781599425351
Categories: Medical & Health ScienceTextbooks & Study GuidesMedicine & Health


This new book is a practical guide for physicians and other professionals who care for children and adolescents with complex, chronic diseases. These disorders are a challenge because they require multiple services, the information about the disorders are scattered, and the exact treatments are not available in standard texts. To overcome these barriers, this book provides a summary of the clinical features, laboratory diagnosis, and the general and specific treatments needed for optimal care of these children. The key points are presented in a clear, succinct format, providing recommendations that can be implemented within the time span of an office or emergency room visit. Furthermore, pitfalls that are encountered are emphasized and alternatives are suggested.

For example, this resource outlines:
- Routine and special vaccines that are needed or contraindicated for these children
- Interactions between drugs and diseases that could result in surprising adverse effects
- Care of me

About the Author

Shahram Yazdani received his MD from Tulane University and completed his training in pediatrics and fellowship in medical education at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA where his clinical efforts and research have been focused on pediatric rare and complex/chronic diseases. He has published articles on improving the care of children with complex diseases and education of residents in dealing with palliative and comfort care of these patients.

Sean A. McGhee received his MD from Stanford University and is currently the Dorothy and Robert Keyser Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has published on immune deficiency disorders and genetic epidemiology and runs the Clinical Immunology and Allergy Training Program at UCLA.

E Richard Stiehm, MD is Professor of Pediatrics in the divisionof Pediatric Immunology/Allergy/Rhematology at the Mattel Children's Hospital