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From The CriticsReviewer: Ritu R. Sandhu, MD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This book provides information on the most commonly seen medical problems in the primary care setting in a quick, easy to read, and understandable format. Each medical problem is discussed in the same format with emphasis on diagnosis and treatment.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the practicing obstetrician/gynecologist with an easy-to-read reference book to aid in the evaluation and treatment of frequently seen primary care problems. This is certainly a worthy objective in this new era of medicine with increased emphasis on primary care. The author provides information on the most commonly seen primary care problems in a readily accessible format.
Audience: The target audience is practicing obstetrician/gynecologists and nurse practitioners providing women's health. This book certainly is appealing to these groups. The author is trained in both obstetrics and gynecology and internal medicine and is therefore qualified in this aspect of medicine.
Features: Diagrams and algorithms are used appropriately to enhance the written subject matter and to present treatment pathways in an easier-to-understand format. Information is appropriately referenced with up-to-date articles. The index and table of contents are well organized. The book is small in size and lightweight, making it easier to pick up and quickly turn to the appropriate pages.
Assessment: This book is designed to be used by a practicing physician in the patient care setting; it would not be as useful in the reference section in the library. The book provides the necessary information in an easy-to-access manner. The chapters themselves are written in a well-designed format. Most importantly, diagrams with algorithms are used and serve to make the information quicker to access. This is an important issue in an office setting.