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From The CriticsReviewer: Richard A. Guthmann, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: The second edition of this review offers 1,500 new multiple choice and true/false questions covering the spectrum of family practice. Brief explanations and references to Rakel's Textbook of Family Practice are provided.
Purpose: This book provides an opportunity for family physicians of all levels of training to augment their knowledge while assessing their current mastery of the material. This worthwhile objective can contribute to the ongoing education of all family practitioners. This study guide will help any student with the awesome task of mastering the current state of medical knowledge.
Audience: This book targets medical students, residents, and practicing physicians interested in family practice. The authors' credibility stems from their affiliation with family practice residency programs and their reliance on Rakel's Textbook of Family Practice as their source of information.
Features: This study guide uses only one or two illustrations and a few ECGs. The sparse use of illustrations may reduce the cost of the book, but the book poorly resembles board-type examinations. The book almost exclusively references the fifth edition of the Textbook of Family Practice, although the title of the book does not indicate this intimate relationship to that text. The table of contents effectively outlines the chapters in the main text. No index is provided, nor is it needed. The short chapters make this book easy to pick up and read.
Assessment: This companion study guide provides an excellent opportunity to augment and assess the knowledge base of anyone interested in family practice. The book's utility increases when used with the main text, as every question is referenced to that book. This second edition provides new study guide questions about updates in family practice, but the main advantage of the new edition is new questions for those who already reviewed the first edition.