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From The CriticsReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This comprehensive book, published yearly to stay current with changes in treatment, covers the majority of topics that primary care physicians encounter in their offices.
Purpose: The editor succinctly outlines what is different and new in this edition. Maintaining this currency is a monumental task and the editor continues to accomplish this very well.
Audience: This is for everyone looking for medical information, from house officers, residents, and practicing physicians to patients and family members. There is very little unnecessary text and the book is quite easy to use with a modicum of medical knowledge.
Features: The book is organized by organ systems and by diagnoses within systems. Each section, where appropriate, has general considerations, clinical findings, differential diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. There are limited references where they support recent changes, and some helpful tables, but not in overwhelming numbers. This edition adds a number of high quality color photographs and a wider range of dermatologic pathologies. The ACC/AHA Task Force Guidelines for management of congenital heart disease in pregnant women and the revision of antithrombotic therapy are presented. The four chapters available only online are well done and easy to access. The chapter on genetics is worth mentioning for ease of reading. The online version has links to practice guidelines and an extensive media library. The index is very helpful as are the ICD-9 codes listed on the cover.
Assessment: This book has the tremendous benefit of being updated yearly and thus has stood the test of time for recognizing what is helpful and what works. It is well worth the price and a great addition to a primary care practitioner's library.