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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 what a modern textbook should be. It is concise yet comprehensive in the breadth of topics and, as the title suggests, robust with color photographs of extraordinarily good quality.
Purpose: The editors state clearly in the preface that family physicians see a wide variety of conditions that lend themselves to an atlas such as this, and they support the pictures with evidence-based information, which makes this book so worthwhile and valuable. The editors and contributors balance the images and text, in an extremely useful way.
Audience: Although the title puts the focus on family physicians, the book clearly is a tremendous resource for all, including internal medicine practitioners, students, and those in every specialty who may only rarely encounter some of these conditions. The list of contributors is extensive and well balanced, bringing together experts from all specialties of medicine.
Features: The format makes the book very easy to read. Each chapter begins with a characteristic patient, a short epidemiology along with the pertinent pathophysiology and diagnostic modalities, and the potential differential diagnosis. Chapters also include pertinent recent literature and patient resource references. This is a most useful approach. The color photography is extremely well done. It is apparent that this endeavor took many years and much work to accumulate. The editors should be commended.
Assessment: By far, this is one of the best, most useful textbooks I have seen in a very long time. It is a must for the library of every primary care physician.