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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: peter m daher, md(Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This text is a photographic, illustrative review of commonly encountered problems in primary care. Both routine and unusual presentations are described and visually displayed.
Purpose: The authors seek to present illustrative cases depicting the variety and unpredictability of conditions commonly seen in primary care. The text is formatted to make the material informative, interesting, and entertaining.
Audience: The textbook is targeted toward registered nurses, medical students, residents, and primary care physicians. Although the "nuts and bolts" approach is geared more to formal learners, experienced physicians will find the book very useful, as well.
Features: Many of the more commonly encountered diagnoses in the primary care field are covered in a pictorial review format. Detailed photographs are used to describe many of the diagnoses routinely seen by family physicians. However, only a relatively small number of these diagnoses are covered. In addition, the book's size does not allow sufficient room to include many of the more unusual illnesses family physicians would find interesting.
Assessment: This text can serve as a good review of basic primary care problems. It is both easy to read and readers will find it informative and entertaining. However, many other pictorial guides cover the same material in a more extensive fashion.