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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: Now in its fifth edition, this book provides an encyclopedic view of the 40 most important issues in occupational medicine. In a decidedly a Commonwealth view of the topic, the book delves deeply into the origins, context, and outcome for conditions ranging from the dermatological to cancer survivorship and work itself. Coming at a time of global change and undertaking, the book explores new developments related to the issue of people being able to perform their jobs while accepting certain health limitations. The expanded notion of so-called disability in the setting of work is refreshing.
Purpose: Some 65 experts join Drs. Keith T. Palmer and Ian Brown in an approach to the topic in which each chapter is presented by two specialists, one of whom is an occupational physician.
Audience: This book is as useful to primary care practitioners as it is to those engaged in occupational medicine and ancillary fields. It is also a good reference for risk assessors and decision makers.
Features: Leading off with the editors' general framework for assessing fitness, this 700-page book discusses disability and equality law, restoring fitness, ethics in occupational health, neurological disorders, mental health, epilepsy, vision, hearing and spinal disorders, orthopedics, rheumatological disorders, gastrointestinal and liver disorders, diabetes mellitus and other endocrine disorders, and hematological disorders. It continues with a discussion of cardiovascular, respiratory and renal disorders, women's work issues, fitness for work after surgery, dermatological disorders, human immunodeficiency virus, drugs and alcohol, medication, older workers, ill health retirement, health and transport safety, health screening, managing absences, health promotion, and cancer survivorship. Six appendixes address civil aviation, seafarer fitness, offshore workers, divers, overseas work, and workers exposed to hand-transmitted vibration.
Assessment: Some would argue that this book is directed primarily toward those working in the U.K., but, actually, the references and the treatment of topics is equally applicable to workers in the European Union and far beyond, including the U.S. I found myself sharing parts of this comprehensive, insightful, and interesting book with others.