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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Russell Van Stroud, MSN, BSN, ACNP-BC(University of Arkansas)
Description: With its many illustrated examples of typical disease processes seen in primary care or urgent care settings, this is a great resource for new practitioners. The third edition includes online resources and additional illustrations.
Purpose: The purpose is present the basics of minor emergencies typically seen in clinics and emergency departments.
Audience: The intended audience includes nurse practitioners, physician assistants, or physicians who practice in primary or emergency care. It is a helpful resource for students in these areas as well. The writing is direct and supported by the literature.
Features: The book does a good job of covering many common ailments and disease states in a systematic way. The illustrations are clear and effective tools to demonstrate how each of the ailments appears. I really like the bulleted lists in each chapter and being able to see the significant do's and don'ts for each topic. The addition of the videos and online resources makes the third edition a true upgrade from the second edition. The table of contents is easy to follow and the appendixes contain great additional resources.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource to have in an office, urgent care setting, or emergency department. There are few other books that simplify the approach to these minor emergencies and provide short, to-the-point instructional guidance. Shortening the title to Minor Emergencies also conveys better what the book covers. Overall, it will help readers remember the steps to take with the plethora of minor emergencies they see on a regular basis and refresh their memory about treatment of minor emergencies they don't often see.