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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sally Ling, M.D.;FACP(University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine)
Description: This is intended to be an up-to-date, quick reference that provides practical information on many disease states. The book is divided into four parts: the first lists symptoms and associated differential diagnoses; the second gives a one- or two-page synopsis of clinical conditions summarized in bullet form; the third covers additional topics more briefly; and the fourth is a collection of useful tables.
Purpose: A comprehensive quick reference book will be handy for clinicians in busy practices. Despite instructions on how the four separate sections can be used, I found the layout confusing and somewhat arbitrary.
Audience: Clinicians in busy practices would find a quick reference for practical, up-to-date information invaluable.
Features: This would likely be most useful for one who is already aware of its specific contents. In that situation, review of topics in bullet form would provide an efficient overview of the given disease.
Assessment: This is an ambitious undertaking. However, unless one has already taken the time to become quite familiar with the specific content in each section of the book, it seems this reference tool may prove cumbersome for most situations.