The first Philippine textbook for medical students was written in response to a call in 1971 from Dr. Jose Cuyegkeng, Executive Director of the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges (APMC) Foundation. The pediatricians led by Drs. Fe del Mundo, Felix A. Estrada, and Perla D. Santos Ocampo were the first among all specialists to produce such a textbook. Since 2000, the year when the fourth and last edition of their book was published, no locally authored textbook has been made. Hence, this entirely new book was conceptualized to address the needs of Filipino medical students.
Most of the articles in this new book are based on a compilation of data from the world''s medical centers of learning, results from local researches, and the contributors'' personal clinical experiences. The writers prepared their manuscripts carefully and systematically in consideration of the importance of evidence-based medicine. In time, current views considered advanced will change, for the body of knowledge is vast and many questions may still remain unanswered.
In the process of organizing, editing, and integrating the topics and data available both here and abroad, the written information grew into a book much larger than what was originally intended. Ultimately, it was decided to have the book printed in two volumes. Although it is important to learn even the rarest disorders, a lengthy discussion of them in a general pediatrics textbook has been avoided. In the book, recent Philippine data, whenever available, are presented and compared with those abroad. The main aim remains the same: to provide knowledge and guidance to all who have a deep concern for the care of infants and children.
In the text, duplications can readily be noted. All the contributors were allowed to express individual opinions, thus making it inevitable that certain ideas are rephrased or restated in other articles. The editors deemed such occurrence necessary in making things clearer for the reader.
This book is intended for medical students who are still unfamiliar with clinical conditions in pediatrics, for practicing physicians including specialists and subspecialists who encounter patients of any age between birth and adolescence, and for nurses and other healthcare providers in both urban and rural settings.
The title of this new book was chosen following the suggestion of the late Prof. Perla D. Santos Ocampo, one-time International Pediatric Association president, whose wisdom, goal-orientation, wholeheartedness, and though
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