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From The CriticsReviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: This handbook offers virtually everything a practitioner engaged in an occupational medicine or allied health practice needs. It is efficiently organized using a tab system to quickly locate needed information.
Purpose: With this second edition, the editors have solidified their objectives of addressing workplace hazards, various occupational emergencies, and associated procedures. This update was necessary to highlight new information in psychiatric issues, pain management, policy engagement, and obesity in the workplace. Many of the topics relate to new or emerging technologies, which necessitates fairly frequent updates.
Audience: The audience includes practitioners in the field as well as those studying in this area. One of the benefits of the Oxford Handbook series is that practitioners in other medical fields will consult these little books to get a picture of a topic that falls outside their purview, and this book is no exception.
Features: The 12 sections remain the same as in the first edition, covering occupational hazards and diseases, occupational health practice, fitness for work, occupational health law, occupational hygiene, toxicology, epidemiology in occupational health, environmental medicine, safety science, practical procedures, and emergencies.
Assessment: I've always enjoyed using the Oxford Handbooks and this one is no exception. It is literally packed with information despite its pocket-sized dimensions. It is meticulously constructed and actually quite engaging reading. In particular, its bulleted and illustrated format enables its readers to extract information they'll be able to put right to use in the occupational health arena.