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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nancy J. Stiles, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This is a collection of concise articles covering the major health care issues and challenges of the 1990's. This is the fifth edition; the fourth edition was published in 1994.
Purpose: The purpose is to address the latest developments in the nation's health care system. The authors clearly meet this important goal.
Audience: The book is relevant to a multidisciplinary audience interested in our nation's health. The editors and contributors meet the objectives of the text and all are readily acknowledged experts in their field.
Features: References are recent and from relevant well-respected sources. The overall appearance of the book is pleasing and its compact size facilitates portability. The table of contents is well organized into four parts.
Assessment: The brevity of the articles makes it easy for the reader to be updated on current issues quickly. The articles cover major healthcare issues and evolving challenges of the 1990s. Particular attention is given to healthcare reform, managed care, and women's health. Unfortunately some articles are covered too superficially.