Saunders Manual of Medical Practice / Edition 2

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Overview

The New Edition provides the latest, essential information on the symptoms, diseases, treatments, and procedures most commonly encountered in everyday practice. It features step-by-step clinical guidance for more than 320 common diseases and disorders, as well as explicit guidelines for over 60 office procedures. An organ-system organization, extensive alphabetical index, and cross references within the individual chapters make the information easy to find.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some two-color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Bruce E. Johnson
With this new book, the editors deliver a manual covering diagnostic and therapeutic options for virtually all common medical problems encountered in adult primary care. The manual provides the busy primary care practitioner with a resource for information on more than 300 conditions or diseases. The material is presented in outline format for ease of use. The book is well suited as a quick reminder in a busy office. The manual would be of interest to primary care practitioners. It is not comprehensive enough for instructional use by students or residents. There are a number of unique or admirable features. The organization is well thought out with chapters on diseases, symptoms, and procedures. Several appendixes list normal lab values. Illustrations of procedures are sharp and well drawn. Procedure CPT codes and disease ICD-9 are listed inside both covers. The type and layout is generally bright, orderly, and pleasing to the eye; unfortunately, the text appears cluttered by an over-use of highlighting (Pearls, Key Signs, etc.). The listed references in many cases are chapters in other textbooks with a paucity of recent journal articles. This new book has both laudable strengths and disquieting drawbacks. There is a remarkable quantity of information cleverly organized and briskly presented. It is appropriately titled a manual, designed for quick reference, not in-depth study. The approach is heightened by an outline format, without much qualifying text. The inclusion of descriptions and drawings of almost 60 procedures is welcome. Authored by more than 400 family practitioners and internists, the book exudes a sense of practicality. Having so many authors may be adrawback; topics tend to be superficial, reflecting the use of other textbooks as references and missing a deeper insight into the topic. The outline format is useful but inclines toward superficiality. (This is further heightened by the abundant use of highlighting, encouraging the eye to skip even what text is presented.) For the purposes outlined by the editor, this manual is acceptable -- it is intended for the brief, necessary, quick-look but is not a broad comprehensive text.
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Reviewer: Bruce E. Johnson, MD (University of Kansas School of Medicine)
Description: With this new book, the editors deliver a manual covering diagnostic and therapeutic options for virtually all common medical problems encountered in adult primary care.
Purpose: The manual provides the busy primary care practitioner with a resource for information on more than 300 conditions or diseases. The material is presented in outline format for ease of use. The book is well suited as a quick reminder in a busy office.
Audience: The manual would be of interest to primary care practitioners. It is not comprehensive enough for instructional use by students or residents.
Features: There are a number of unique or admirable features. The organization is well thought out with chapters on diseases, symptoms, and procedures. Several appendixes list normal lab values. Illustrations of procedures are sharp and well drawn. Procedure CPT codes and disease ICD-9 are listed inside both covers. The type and layout is generally bright, orderly, and pleasing to the eye; unfortunately, the text appears cluttered by an over-use of highlighting (Pearls, Key Signs, etc.). The listed references in many cases are chapters in other textbooks with a paucity of recent journal articles.
Assessment: This new book has both laudable strengths and disquieting drawbacks. There is a remarkable quantity of information cleverly organized and briskly presented. It is appropriately titled a manual, designed for quick reference, not in-depth study. The approach is heightened by an outline format, without much qualifying text. The inclusion of descriptions and drawings of almost 60 procedures is welcome. Authored by more than 400 family practitioners and internists, the book exudes a sense of practicality. Having so many authors may be a drawback; topics tend to be superficial, reflecting the use of other textbooks as references and missing a deeper insight into the topic. The outline format is useful but inclines toward superficiality. (This is further heightened by the abundant use of highlighting, encouraging the eye to skip even what text is presented.) For the purposes outlined by the editor, this manual is acceptable — it is intended for the brief, necessary, "quick-look" but is not a broad comprehensive text.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721680026
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/17/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1644
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 2.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert E. Rakel, MD, Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.
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Table of Contents

1. HEALTH MAINTENANCE AND DISEASE PREVENTION
2. EYE, EAR, NOSE, AND THROAT PROBLEMS
3. RESPIRATORY DISEASES
4. CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES
5. GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASES
6. DISEASES OF LIVER, GALLBLADDER, AND BILE DUCTS
7. REPRODUCTION AND REPRODUCTIVE DISORDERS
8. URINARY TRACT DISORDERS
9. HEMATOLOGIC DISEASE
10. METABOLIC AND ENDOCRINE DISEASES
11. NUTRITIONAL DISEASES
12. DISEASES OF BONE
13. DISEASES OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
14. MUSCULOSKELETAL/CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASES
15. INFECTIOUS DISEASES
16. PROTOZOAN/HELMINTHIC DISEASES
17. SKIN DISEASES
18. NEUROLOGY
19. PSYCHIATRIC AND BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS
20. POISONING AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS

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