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The past years’ literature on topics of interest to the general practitioner in the areas of neonatal jaundice, animal-induced injury and
disease, and immunizations is reviewed. Highlighted are current practice implications of recent publications. As always, the pursuit of excellence in clinical care involves balancing new information with experienced practice. Public health policy, child advocacy, and managed care demands additionally influence the current practice of pediatrics and modify our behavior as pediatricians. However, it is at the bedside that we must strive to provide the most beneficial and compassionate care.