This publication was based on a conference organised by the Royal College of Physicians in 1995.
The apparent good health of adolescents has meant that their particular health needs have not been identified or given the attention they deserve. This addresses the problems and challenges to health that are faced by adolescents, and in doing so help bridge the gap between paediatric and adult medicine.
The topics explored by doctors and other health professional, social workers and administrators include the use of illegal drugs, sex, AIDS, pregnancies, suicides, accidents, alcohol and smoking, and common diseases such as skin disorders and diabetes.
The organisation of services, and the manner in which the health needs of adolescents are approached and managed are often crucially important to successful outcome in this age group and are also addressed here.
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