extbook of Clinical Pediatrics, edited by three Saudi Arabian pediatricians, aims at a broad audience interested in the health of children. More than 100 authors, many from Saudi Arabia, cover a wide spectrum of pediatric disorders. The book emphasizes clinical aspects of common and important pediatric diseases. Most of the book uses a standard approach and is accurate, well balanced, and comprehensive.
Several innovative methods are used in some sections. One is the presentation of a representative case to accompany the description of the pathogenesis, differential diagnosis, and treatment of a disease. In the chapters on organic and amino acid metabolism and on lysosomal storage diseases, case histories are presented for many disorders. As a starting point for teaching differential diagnosis, such case histories can be invaluable, but I found that the use of so many cases takes up valuable space. Nonetheless, some readers will find the immediacy of these case reports useful as an introduction to the presentation, course, and lifelong implications of these diseases.