Indian Pediatr 2015;52: 911
The Positive Child Has a
Right to a Positive Life: Action Report on Pediatric HIV in
Price: Not mentioned.
There has been significant progress towards control
of HIV infection worldwide and in India. The current publication
discusses the changing epidemiology of Pediatric HIV in India and
various issues in its management. The contributors include experts in
the field and also program managers in the country.
The book has 21 chapters in 6 sections. Section 1
deals with the epidemiology of pediatric HIV infection in India and the
evolution of the program in the country. Section 2 discusses the
prevention of parent-to-child transmission, and also the contentious
issue of breastfeeding. Comprehensive approach to an infected child is
the focus of section 3; here, in addition to the clinical
manifestations, diagnosis, treatment guidelines, nutritional aspects,
counselling and care of the orphans are discussed. Section 4 deals with
issues of child rights and the medicolegal and ethical aspects of HIV.
Programmatic issues are discussed in section 5; the government program,
role of the NGOs, and implications of governance of pediatric HIV on
health systems have been discussed. Adolescent health issues are
highlighted in section 6. Drawings by children are a welcome feature of
The quality of publication and images is good. There
are a few shortcomings: the management and prevention of opportunistic
infections has been missed out. An index would have allowed for an easy
access of the relevant information to the reader.
The publication would be of interest to the health
care personnel involved in the care of HIV-infected and affected
children, and will also be useful for the postgraduates.
Department of Pediatrics,
AIIMS, New Delhi, India.
Principles and Practice of Pediatrics
Peepee Publishers & Distributors (P) Ltd.,
Pages: 834; Price: Rs. 930/-
This book has 20 well-written chapters. The chapters
on fluid, electrolytes and acid-base mechanisms, clinical immunology and
immunization, and growth and development have good supportive
photographs. The chapter on neonatology deals with most of the common
problems of a neonate. The chapter on infectious diseases is
well-written from Indian context, and provides good information of
While clinical diagnosis and management of conditions
is dealt with in detail, the book lacks in pathophysiology of the
conditions, which may be a limitation for its use by postgraduate
students. Overall, it is a good and informative book for the
Department of Pediatrics,
Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India.