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From The CriticsReviewer: Donald R. Frey, MD(Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This is a review of preventative medicine as it applies to 20 of the most common problems encountered in family practice. The editor uses a structured format to address the issues of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.
Purpose: This work is an attempt to provide a foundation in preventative medicine for students and practicing physicians. As technology rapidly transforms medical therapy, sources of state-of-the-art information in the field of prevention are often lacking. With this text the editor fills this knowledge gap nicely.
Audience: Though written for students and practicing physicians, nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants will find this prevention text useful as well. The editor is a recognized authority in the field of prevention, and the numerous contributors are largely academic family physicians with interests in prevention.
Features: Twenty common health problems are explored from the perspective of disease prevention. In each chapter there is a discussion of a clinical entity in terms of basic pathology, natural progression of the illness, and the primary, secondary, and tertiary approaches to prevention. This is followed by screening recommendations along with insights into future screening trends. Contributors makes excellent use of graphs and charts in presenting data sets. However, given the rapidly changing nature of health screening, including the numerous web sites relevant to prevention and screening would have improved this text.
Assessment: This is an outstanding resource. Clinicians will appreciate the practical, no-nonsense approach. It is a much needed reminder of the importance of prevention and screening in a healthcare environment that tends to be focused more on high-tech therapy.