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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ada R. Davis, PhD, APRN,BC, ELS (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This paperback book provides concise, specific information about more than 350 diseases, listed alphabetically, in terms of definition, causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests, treatment, and special considerations relevant to the specific disease.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide concise, accurate information about diseases and conditions commonly encountered in general medicine, for easy reference by the busy healthcare professional who needs to look up answers quickly about any of the aspects of the diseases covered.
Audience: In addition to practicing health professionals, it is a resource for medical and nursing students, residents, nurse practitioners, and those studying to take national board examinations.
Features: The pages are in two-column format, which provides a large amount of information in concise form on each page. There is very little white space, and only a minimum of illustrations and tables. The alphabetical listing of diseases provides a quirk reference to all aspects of a particular disease. A list of ten critical thinking questions, with answers and rationale, is provided at the end, but is only a sampling of some specific clinical situations. A brief list of laboratory values would be useful.
Assessment: This book provides ready access to answers regarding a large number of diseases and conditions encountered in everyday practice. Its format and information make it a valuable resource for students of medicine and nursing, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and all health care professionals in clinical settings. The book can also be used as a study guide for those preparing to take national board examinations. It is recommended for libraries, bookstores, arid individuals as a concise resource and reference book.