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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: From the U.K., this is a concise reference on the more frequently encountered conditions in primary care. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to focus on history-taking and the physical examination as the essential tools of clinical medicine. The book does focus on these essentials and adds a few of the standard ancillary diagnostic tests, such as the electrocardiogram. As a basic reference for junior clinicians, it meets its objectives.
Audience: Although the audience is junior clinicians, the book has very useful points for all clinicians and can serve as a quick reference for all levels of practitioners.
Features: The book is divided into two sections; the first concentrates on the clinical examination and the second on selected topics of traditional organ systems. The figures and diagrams are very intuitive and the full-color pictures and radiographs are extremely well produced. There are numerous boxes of specific features that save a great deal of time.
Assessment: Overall, this is a very nice book for clinicians just learning and a memory jogger for more experienced clinicians.