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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is the sixth edition of a book that takes a clinical approach to diagnosis rather than focusing on diagnostic studies. This is a reasonable approach to identifying the more common problems encountered in the outpatient clinic, although the book describes only 36 symptoms. The previous edition was published in 2007.
Purpose: The purpose is the same as in the first edition, to help physicians accurately and efficiently diagnose common complaints.
Audience: The audience includes those studying for or practicing primary care in the outpatient setting.
Features: Each chapter presents one symptom, starting with an introduction and definition of terms (one of the strengths of the book), followed by a number of associations, such as aggravating and ameliorating factors, physical findings, some diagnostic testing, and a differential diagnosis table. The book's ease of use is another major strength. Full-color figures are well presented. Access to a full-text web version with self-assessment questions comes with the book.
Assessment: This is a simple to use and read book with an equally easy to navigate website. The only downside is the limited number of symptoms.