The Kelalis-King-Belman Textbook of Clinical Paediatric Urology
Edited by StevenDocimo, DougasCanning and AntoineKhoury
Taylor and Francis , 2007 ; 1396 pp; £360; ISBN 9781841845043
The textbook that is fondly referred to as ‘Kelalis and King’ has for decades been the ‘Bible’ for paediatric urologists throughout the world. The current fifth edition has now been renamed ‘The Kelalis-King-Belman Textbook of Clinical Paediatric Urology’ as a mark of great respect for these pioneers in their field. This is the first edition where none of the previous editors have participated, yet this textbook still retains the same flavour as the original.
The editors have taken a somewhat unconventional approach to the structure, dividing the topics into the anatomical areas of interest to paediatric urologists. For example, there are six main section headings: evaluation of the paediatric urological patient, the adrenal, the kidney, the ureter, the bladder and prostate, and urethra, external genitalia and retroperitoneum. Within each section there is a detailed discussion of the anatomy, embryology, physiology, radiology, pathology and finally the different strategies and techniques for management. The approach is fresh and in my opinion works extremely well. A book needs to be inviting to attract the interest of the reader, and the publishers have achieved this well. The layout is spacious, with logical headings and subheadings. At the end of each chapter is a list of references, which is fortunately not too exhausting. The photographs are all monochrome, but the illustrations are in black, blue and white. This is again a novel approach, which makes the illustrations more inviting and gives them an almost three-dimensional appearance.
Common urological conditions, e.g. reflux, PUV, hypospadias, hydronephrosis, bladder augmentation, etc., are dealt with in greater detail than the less common conditions. This allows the reader to delve deeper into these topics, particularly when there are controversies about the best management. Minimally invasive techniques are now an integral part of surgical options and this is reflected in this textbook. Entire chapters are dedicated to laparoscopic and retroperitoneoscopic procedures and their outcomes.
Despite the contributors being primarily of American origin, the views of their neighbours across the ‘Big Pond’ have been documented and debated. This makes the book a suitable textbook for residents and fellows in the USA, Europe and the rest of the world. Part of the success of this textbook is that the contributions are from significantly many residents and fellows in paediatric urology. Their young inquisitive minds are the platform for future developments in paediatric urology. This is a wonderful textbook of paediatric urology and in my eyes is still worthy of being regarded as the ‘Bible’ for paediatric urologists.