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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Heather Huang, MD (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)
Description: This is a collection of patient handouts that creatively balance health education with visual depictions of disease. The number of topics covered is comprehensive and vast — from common outpatient medical conditions to common inpatient medical conditions to less common medical diseases.
Purpose: The book aims to provide a "comprehensive, current, and clinically relevant medical resource for the public." It seeks to convey information about etiology, common signs and symptoms, diagnostic methods, and recommended treatment to patients. It also provides common advice to patients in the form of "Do's" and "Don'ts." This is a much-needed book that meets the author's objectives.
Audience: It is intended for primary care physicians to use as a source of patient education material. The book is written at an easily accessible level for patients and the general public.
Features: This is a collection of 2-page patient handouts on a wide range of topics, organized by specialty. Each handout contains basic information on etiology, common signs and symptoms, diagnostic methods, and recommended treatment and uses Dr. Netter's detailed drawings to show normal organs and disease pathology. The book comes with access to the printable online database of handouts, which includes Spanish versions for certain topics.
Assessment: This is a great collection of visually engaging patient handouts. It would be useful in any primary care setting.