Description: This is the third edition of a book that outlines the diagnostic workup based on the U.K. approach to medicine, particularly the laboratory tests.
Purpose: It is designed to be a memory jogger for clinicians faced with staying current with medical developments, providing them with the current thinking in specific situations. The goals are worthwhile and the editors and contributors have provided a set of standards for U.K. clinicians.
Audience: It is primarily focused on U.K. primary care practitioners. The contributors are all experienced clinicians and consultants and authorities in their fields.
Features: The book is divided into chapters addressing signs and symptoms and organ systems. There is also a section on imaging studies and their place in the diagnostic process. It must be noted that these approaches are reflective of the state of practice in the U.K. and not necessarily accepted in the U.S. Except for a few cardiology images, the images are in black and white, which does tend to limit the utility.
Assessment: For U.K. primary care clinicians, this book is reasonably helpful and it has value for medical libraries as a reference.