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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Heather Huang, MD (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)
Description: This is the tenth edition of a comprehensive, quick reference on disease management and patient care. The ninth edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive and authoritative quick reference on disease management and patient care. These valuable objectives are met with the extraordinary amount of information contained in this compact reference.
Audience: This book is written for a wide range of healthcare providers, from trainees preparing for board certification examinations to senior faculty members or any other healthcare providers needing a ready reference.
Features: This edition covers over 600 disorders encountered in general medicine practices. Each disease is presented in a concise standard format, covering causes and incidence, complications, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. The information gives readers a broad overview of medical diseases and just enough detail to be to the point. The format is very much like an encyclopedia, and it makes use of full color pictures, artwork, and diagrams to illustrate the pathophysiology of many conditions. Algorithms and tables concisely summarize key points.
Assessment: I find this book most useful in providing a broad overview of topics. There is just enough detail to be aware of important key conceptual points; it is not designed to be a detailed guide to treatment. It is an encyclopedia that would be useful for many healthcare providers, at any level of training or practice.