The Science of Paediatrics: MRCPCH Mastercourse, 1st edition

Cover of publication, Science of Paediatrics - MRCPCH Mastercourse

Covering the curriculum of the MRCPCH Theory and Science examination and providing essential background preparation for the exam, this resource was released on 26 April 2016.


This book provides an up to date review of the application of science to everyday paediatric clinical practice, whether it is interpreting clinical signs or investigations, prescribing drugs or identifying best management.

Although this understanding is essential in order to make informed clinical decisions, it is difficult to obtain as it is not covered in standard clinical textbooks.

This book is “innovative and original in assisting the reader to apply the principles of science to paediatric practice” - Professor Neena Modi, President, RCPCH

Key features

  • MRCPCH exam-format questions embedded in the text for testing understanding
  • Emphasis on embryology to explain many congenital abnormalities
  • Brief overview of the relevant anatomy and physiology
  • Focus on the application and interpretation of investigations
  • Examples of recent advances in science that have benefitted the care of children
  • All clinical specialties covered by paediatric specialists, as well as clinical research in children, evidence-based paediatrics, statistics, ethics and quality improvement

Included in the price is an e-book

  • Available as an app-like experience on ExpertConsult
  • Platform-neutral for use on smartphones, tablets and laptops
  • Makes the self-assessment interactive
  • Gives online and off-line (download) access


Dr Tom Lissauer is Hon. Consultant Paediatrician at Imperial College Healthcare Trust in London. When Officer for Examinations at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health he oversaw the development of the current MRCPCH examination. He has edited several textbooks, including Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics.

Dr Will Carroll is a Consultant Paediatrician at the University Hospital of the North Midlands and Honorary Reader in Paediatrics at Keele University. Prior to this he spent a decade teaching undergraduate child health to Nottingham University students in Derby and is the Chair of Theory Examinations for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.


Price includes print copy and ebook

Full price: £199.99

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Other resources

MRCPCH Mastercourse - multi-media course for the MRCPCH examination, covering general information

Clinical Cases for MRCPCH Theory and Science - fifty clinical cases with the underpinning science mapped to this examination's syllabus

About MRCPCH Theory and Science examination