Baby & Child A to Z Medical Handbook by Dr. Miriam Stoppard (Body Press, Division of HP Books Inc., P.O. Box 5375, Tucson, Ariz. 85703: hardcover, $19.95; paper,$9.95).
A British physician and author of a medical guide for the elderly, Dr. Miriam Stoppard is ambitious in covering the health-care spectrum. This time around, she begins her pediatric handbook with brief chapters of the child's musculature, endocrine and skeletal systems, including a useful chart of normal tooth growth.
Basic anatomy aside, Stoppard describes symptoms of the more common illnesses, instructing readers when to treat problems at home and when it's wise to call a doctor.
The short sections on nursing a sick child, safety precautions and first aid are excellent. But the heart of her book is the A-Z listing of common complaints, each section detailing symptoms of a disease or medical condition, followed by instructions on what the parents must do immediately and the treatment a physician might prescribe.