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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Donald R. Frey, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: The authors of this text present an algorithm-style approach to multiple common problems in adult medicine. This third edition is an update of clinical material not found in the 1994 version.
Purpose: The authors seek to present differential diagnosis in an algorithm format, taking into account the issues of rational decision-making and cost effectiveness. As such, they allow the physician to see the "big picture" that is often missed in complex cases of patient care.
Audience: This text is designed for all providers who have a solid understanding of clinical pathophysiology. It will also be an excellent learning tool for students. Both authors are academic internists with a great deal of experience in adult medicine.
Features: The authors focus on common medical problems encountered in adult ambulatory care. Each clinical diagnosis is described in a point-by-point fashion, with the accompanying algorithm clearly mapped out and illustrated. Each problem is cross-referenced to a corresponding chapter in Harrison and Cecil's medical text, a unique touch that ties this book into existing databases.
Assessment: Medicine is often a step-by-step process of problem solving. This unique text lends itself well to the physician's algorithm-style of thinking. More importantly, it will maintain the busy practitioner's focus on the larger clinical picture in cases where it is easy to get lost in the details.