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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: K. P. Ravikrishnan, FRCP (C), FACP (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This is a good reference resource on treatment of respiratory problems for practitioners in the U.K. as well as a guide for documentation for patient services. The book emphasizes practice guidelines so practitioners can maximize reimbursement.
Purpose: The authors intend this book to be used by general practitioners in the U.K. and it will help them to follow the new requirements in managing adult and pediatric respiratory problems. The objectives are achieved by this concise book with its color coded boxes for references and guidance. The book will fit well in the coat pocket and will serve as a quick reference.
Audience: The audience includes general practitioners in the U.K., as well as residents, students, and other healthcare providers. It also could be used by medical personnel anywhere looking for objective guidelines for management.
Features: The COPD management guidelines, immunization guidelines, and pneumonia chapters are highlights of this concise, well organized book. The colored boxes, the illustrations, and the references with links to sites of support are extremely helpful. The useful advice to patient section will save the physician time during his busy clinic day.
Assessment: This is a well written pocket book. The illustrations are useful and the references, phone numbers, and links will save a lot of time for the busy practitioner.