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From The CriticsReviewer: Heather Huang, MD (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)
Description: This is an incredibly comprehensive collection of nearly every procedure that primary care physicians may encounter in clinical practice. It covers necessary equipment, includes step-by-step instructions, and provides relevant background information about a vast number of procedures. This edition and has been updated with new sections on aesthetic medicine and hospitalist procedures, and includes a fully searchable, online database.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive resource on primary care procedures. The book meets its objectives, discussing a range of subspecialty procedures as well.
Audience: Although written for primary care clinicians, the book also would be an invaluable resource for students, residents, and even subspecialists. It is written by authors who are at the forefront of their fields and John Pfenninger, who created the National Procedures Institute, has won many teaching awards.
Features: The book is organized into large categories that include anesthesia, dermatology, aesthetic medicine, ENT, cardiovascular and respiratory system procedures, GI procedures, urinary tract procedures, and male and female reproductive system procedures. Other sections focus on obstetric, pediatric, hospitalist, and orthopedic procedures. Each procedure is discussed in appropriate detail, and includes sections on indications, background information, necessary equipment, and step-by-step instructions. Helpful features include full-color photos, sample consent forms, billing and coding discussions, and boxes and tables that highlight important information.
Assessment: This is a must-have resource for any physician, student, or resident. Not only does it comprehensively discuss procedures that arise in the primary care setting, it also describes a vast number of procedures that arise in subspecialty settings. It gives physicians the tools to both perform procedures and educate patients on subspecialty procedures.