Insider's Guide to the Medical Specialties

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Do you want the task of keeping up-to-date to be enjoyable rather than a chore? Do you feel that you risk losing touch with advances occurring in medical specialties other than your own? If so, then keep reading...An Insider's Guide to the Medical Specialties is written to allow physicians of all grades to absorb knowledge with the minimum of effort, and a degree of pleasure. Generalists need to be skilled in the management of the early stages of a very diverse range of conditions. Never having heard of an investigation or hanging on to dated misconceptions about a patient's prognosis can be frustrating at best, and dangerous at worst. The aim of this book is to strike a balance between refreshing old knowledge and updating the reader on significant advances that have occurred in a particular specialty. Over forty consultants and trainees have contributed to An Insider's Guide to the Medical Specialties. The content will be of interest to consultants and trainees in the medical specialties, general practitioners, and others. At times entertaining, irreverent and controversial, this is not a book to be left nestling in the pocket of a white coat or gathering dust on a shelf.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198569701
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/11/2007
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Ian Reckless has been a Specialist Registrar in General Medicine since 2003. He has a particular interest in the quality of health services and the ways in which services are delivered. In addition to his clinical post, Ian has spent time as clinical adviser to the Healthcare Commission (the healthcare inspectorate in England) and working at the Department of Health. Dr John Reynolds was an undergraduate at Cambridge and a clinical student at Oxford, qualifying in 1981. After training posts in Bath, Newcastle, and Cambridge he returned to Oxford to undertake a DPhil in neuropharmacology. He was appointed Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in 1997 and is an honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Oxford. For the last 4 years he has been Medical Director of Division A at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust and is currently Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Panel of the NHS Health Technology Assessment programme.

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Table of Contents

1. Cardiology, Ian Reckless & Jeremy Dwight
2. High Dependency Medicine, Razeen Mahroof & Jonathan Salmon
3. Poisoning, Jamie Coleman & Robin Ferner
4. Endocrinology & Lipids, Paul Newey & John Reckless
5. Diabetes & Obesity, Aparna Pal & David Matthews
6. Hypertension & Nephrology, Peter Hill & Christopher O'Callaghan
7. Neurology, Christopher Kipps & Martin Lee
8. Stroke Medicine, Matthew Giles & Andrew Coull
9. Infectious Diseases, John Frater & Nicola Jones
10. Hepatology, Will Gelson & Graeme Alexander
11. Gastroenterology, Will Gelson & Tony Ellis
12. Respiratory Medicine, Fiona McCann & Lorraine Hart
13. Oncology, Kate Scratchard, David Church & Ed Gilby
14. Haematology, Katherine Lowndes & David Perry
15. Palliative Care Medicine, Chi Chi Cheung & Bee Wee
16. Gerontology, Matthew Giles & Andrew Coull
17. Rheumatology, Wendy Holden & Joseph Joseph
18. Immunology, Catherine Sargent, Aamir Aslam & Richard Steele
19. Dermatology, Ashley Cooper & Barbara Leppard
20. Obstetric Medicine, Deborah Harrington & Christopher Redman
21. Liaison Psychiatry, Michael Browning & Christopher Bass

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