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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is a list of algorithms splitting symptom characteristics into binomial possibilities. It is an update of the second edition published in 2010.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide memory joggers through numerous dichotomous choices to lead readers to a diagnosis. These types of associations are helpful for young physicians in training, but like any associative algorithms, they can be relied upon too much.
Audience: The audience needs to have some knowledge of medicine and medical terminology, but as clinicians mature, this book may prove too rudimentary for continued use.
Features: The book is divided according to key words or symptoms listed in alphabetical order. Most chapters either begin with a case history or questions to ask, followed by the algorithm. The appendixes list initial and expanded workup diagnostics tests and laboratory workups.
Assessment: This is a reasonable starting point for new clinicians. I am somewhat doubtful that it represents a cost-effective approach to the practice of medicine, which will come after young clinicians work through in their mind what tests serve best.