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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 an update of a handbook of medicine aimed at U.K. general practitioners. The previous edition was published in 2010.
Purpose: The authors note that in an era of increasing specialization, it can be difficult for general practice physicians to know where they fit in. This book brings together many disciplines to provide an up-to-date book of clinical medicine.
Audience: Because it is aimed at general practitioners in the U.K., the book contains lab values and algorithms standard in U.K. practice, but it still has value for clinicians the world over who wish to compare standards in medicine, which is as much an art as it is a science.
Features: The information is presented through the classic organ system divisions, with 1-3 page sections on different symptoms and diagnoses. The font is necessarily small to maintain the pocket size, and the graphics are particularly well done for the size. Many breakout sections and figures highlight specific points for consideration. The book uses frequent symbols for emphasis that are nonintrusive, but easily identified. Creative links to historical figures and art appear throughout, bringing a lighter tone and keeping the text from becoming a dry read.
Assessment: This is a valuable handbook that is well worth the investment.