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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey F. Peipert, MD, PhD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This handbook for busy clinicians, residents, and students includes some general principles of primary care and specific clinical areas of interest in the office setting. The first edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: The purpose is to tie the gynecologic, medical knowledge and clinical applications together, and apply this knowledge to the patient in the office. It is also intended to provide basic medical information to residents and clinicians faced with primary care problems. These are clearly worthy objectives, and the authors have accomplished their goal.
Audience: The audience includes clinicians in practice, residents in training, and medical students. The text is detailed and provides useful information for the clinician. Medical students may find the book a bit advanced, but it is still appropriate for students. Both authors are productive academicians and educators.
Features: The book covers a variety of topics that are important to the obstetrician/gynecologist faced with primary care problems. Unique chapters, such as emergencies in the office setting, are very useful. Other primary care topics include disorders of mood, cardiovascular system, breast, pelvic pain, GI, respiratory, sexual function, and some endocrinological topics. Chapters conclude with some thought-provoking clinical cases, which are very helpful. The text is not footnoted, and some chapters (e.g. contraception update) fail to provide references. Thus, readers are at a loss if they question any of the information.
Assessment: This is a terrific handbook to have readily available in the office. It is not as comprehensive as some of the larger, hardcover references, but it is still very useful for busy clinicians. The second edition is justified given how quickly medicine and primary care recommendations are changing.