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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: True Le, DO (Baylor College of Medicine)
Description: This is a new book on communication skills in medicine. The contributors are mainly European, from varied educational backgrounds.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to provide some guidance when dealing with situations that may arise in medicine. Its main focus is the delivery of "bad news," such as telling parents of a son's death or informing individuals of their terminal conditions.
Audience: It targets all students of medicine from medical students to interns and residents. At all levels it provides a helpful guide when dealing with these difficult situations, since it is clear these fragile situations must be dealt with in an appropriate manner.
Features: There are numerous charts and tables throughout this book that are helpful, and provide a quick reference for the busy individual.
Assessment: This book would be very beneficial for students and residents in all medical fields, particularly in primary care because it provides a concise approach to discussling complicated and sometimes difficult situations.