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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan C. Weltz, MEd (Ed.Admin), BA (Hons.), DCh (The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences)
Description: This book is written for generalist physicians by specialist physicians to provide advances, current evidence, and best practices in their respective areas of expertise. It is written entirely in prose, with no illustrations or algorithms for quick reference. The book addresses a wide spectrum of specialties with each of the 21 chapters focusing on a specific area.
Purpose: The purpose is to combine epidemiological data, clinical trial evidence, and extensive clinical experience into a systems-based reference, written by a pairing of an expert specialist with a trainee specialist in an engaging prose format. The book would be a useful addition to the reference collection of generalist physicians if they preferred a wordy discussion of the conditions treated by specialist physicians. As such, the book meets the author's objectives.
Audience: Although written for generalist physicians, certain chapters would require readers to have access to additional resource material to supplement their understanding of pathophysiology. This book would, indeed, be useful for generalist physicians, but it would also be useful for a specialist physician seeking to understand a disease treated by another specialty.
Features: Each chapter discusses a disease most likely to be attended to by generalist physicians and focuses on the early phase of the currently accepted management for each condition. The book achieves this by using only prose, which in our time-challenged world could be a drawback to the use of this book. It does not have a glossary, appendixes, or illustrations, and their absence, along with the often wordy prose, make the book an unlikely choice for a busy physician.
Assessment: The content is of high quality, but it is not overly useful as an office reference tool due to the absence of illustrations, charts, algorithms, etc., to make it easier to read and use. It is helpful in that it covers an extensive listing of specialty areas, and in an evidence-supported fashion.