" "What books should i read for pediatric practical examination ? This was an evelasting question for me untill i appeared in the exams. Since long I Wanted to write this. So before I start, I have no financial benefits to reveal for any of these books and their publishers.

Market is full of books for clinical pediatrics and we need to wisely choose those which really will help us for practical exams and off-course our future practices, but I will keep the later aside as all these and many other books along with years of experience and guidance from our seniors will be required to make us ideal pediatric practitioner.

So now for a while lets just focus on the pediatric practical exams. The goal is too obtain high yield in short time before exams in particular.

The basic problem with us is a habbit of reading textbook and not reading Clinical books throughout the span of three years and then every clinical book at the end appears like foreign body to us, so try and avoid that! I couldn’t but you should. All books are excellent and none can be ever bad.

We all use different books with preference varying from institute to institute but most of them are common. The porpose of this post is to give a common list for those who newly joined DNB Pediatrics and review these books in brief so as to know which and when to use. 
These are all books I had during my Pediatrics Practical exams, and here is what I feel about these books which are still in my shelf. Lets begin…..

Pediatric clinical examination, by A Santosh Kumar

Pediatric clinical examination A Santosh KumarThis is must have book, you cant procede further. Reason ( Its too small ) , its very comprehensive, it covers almost all aspect of clinical examination. Nothing can be as easy to understand as in Santosh Kumars clinical examinations book. The part of ‘how to examine’ and what is the logic behind it,  is given simply, I still cant forget how it explains ‘symmetric tonic reflex’.  Cardiovascular system is given amazingly. “Why this happens” is explained almost everywhere. General examination is again very good. Respiratory system is not that detailed. Diwali Bonanza in the last: It also gives you the best orientation for OSCE exams (Read here). Trust me these OSCE question needs to be read first before any other as they are commonly asked, you became aware with the pattern you face for the first time in medical life.
Final words, small but power packed. Further reading can off course be done with Hutchinsons Clinical examination book.

Clinical Pediatrics, History taking and Case discussion, Aruchyami Laxmanswami

Clinical Pediatrics, History taking and Case discussion, By Aruchyami Laxmanswami

Very heavy dose! The books weight speaks for itself. Covers almost everything about the possible
viva questions on the case, though general examination is given nicely but I will still prefer the previous one. Gastro-intestinal system is really detailed in this and so is the CNS. Respiratory system is also given in details as compared to Santosh Kumar. The book is full of charts and tables to revise in last. Must read to answer extensive viva questions. Little bit more theoretical than conceptual so repetition is required for this one.

Clinical Pediatrics by NC Joshi

Highly conceptualised book. Each page is a concept forming episode. You can start randomly from any page. The approach to anaemias, Approach to endocrine disorders are so amazing that you will never forget them. Book teaches you how should you proceed to diagnose a particular ailment in real practice as well! There are
lot of pictures which should help in OSCE too. There is separate chapter for xrays which gives you a fair basic idea. This book will also help in writing theory answer specially the “ How will you approach” type of questions. Highly recommended.

Scotts Pedia-Triks by Julius Scott

 Scotts Pedia-Triks by Julius ScottNow this is savior for those who has not presented too many cases before. You should actually present cases though, before exam and off-course throughout PG tenure. So Pedia-Triks is all about how to present a particular case plus it also gives you fair amount of theory needed for answering viva questions on a case. With backup of Aruchyami Laxmanswami you can gather enough knowledge on what exactly to answer on those viva questions. Cerebral palsy is given very nicely and systematically which is the most important case in exam. Beside all this, it gives you good theory on vaccine
related questions, instruments and drugs kept in OSCE, Procedure asked in OSCE and none the less but a page or so on advise and psychological preparation for pediatric clinical exams. Again a must have book!

OSCE in Pediatrics by RG Holla
 OSCE in Pediatrics by RG HollaWell there is no other alternative as off now, to this book. OSCE questions are divided systemwise so you get oriented to every system. It also orients you to exam as both observed and unobserved spots are given separately. Very high yielding OSCE, as common is always common, So don’t miss out this one. Exact
question may not repeat in exam but the pattern keeps on repeating.

The OSCE from this book and Santosh kumar must be ready before you proceed to other OSCE collection (Find a section of OSCE material here on website (here). Again a must have book!

Approach to practical pediatrics by Manish Narang
Approach to practical pediatrics by Manish Narang
Good book. I like the couple of initial pages. Lot of OSCE can be gathered from there on instruments, drugs etc.

Cases are given fine but not very detailed. Xrays are given so you can add to your collection of OSCE on imaging. 

Practical aspects of pediatrics by Mayoor Chheda
Practical aspects of pediatrics by Mayoor Chheda

Good book. You get oriented to various cases just like Scotts Pedia-Tricks. I like the way complete diagnosis is written at the end of each case, which examiner expects from you at the end of case.

Respiratory System is given good. CVS is comprehensive. One topic which specifically tempts me from this book is approach to microcephaly, its given in great detail, see for urself.

100+ Clinical cases in pediatrics by R Arvind
100+ Clinical cases in pediatrics by R ArvindDifferently patterned book. Only cases are given straight forward. So while reading it you maintain the same tempo as while presenting case. So good exercise if you have time. Good orientation on how should you actually talk while presenting a particular case. Good book

So this is all about the books which I had during my preparation. In short for case presentation use Scotts Pedia-Tricks and Chheda, for viva questions Aruchyami Laxmanswami, NC Joshi, Santosh kumar, for examination read Santosh kumar and Hutchinson and for OSCE  Hola, Santosh kumar etc. You may have other books and different views on these books which I expect you to share in the comment box of this post. Correct me if I am wrong somewhere. May be next time we will talk about which cases to be focused for the examination point of view, bye for now and keep reading

Also read OSCE orientation here and what must you do Before going to exam hall on day of cases here

Dr Ajay Agade is a pediatric critical care fellow pursuing FNB  from Kanchi Kamakoti Child Trust Hospital,  passionate about free online medical education, acute care and patient safety. He is editor of dnbpediatrics and criticalpediatrics blogs |  View Ajay Agade’s  posts
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