- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
From The CriticsReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This book translates many of the American practice guidelines into an easy-to-read book for lay people. The author relates that he wrote this for his mother to help her understand preventive medicine better.
Purpose: In explaining why he wrote this book for his mother, the author notes that this can be a checklist for all people of different ages. In a time when people are barraged with medicine advertisements and conflicting opinions from numerous experts, this is a helpful, clearly written book.
Audience: The audience includes those in the general population who wish to learn more about current preventive medicine guidelines.
Features: The book does a good job of explaining preventive medicine guidelines and adds helpful descriptions of what is involved, for example, in a colonoscopy in a Socratic question-and-answer format. Although this approach helps to make the book an easy read, some of the guidelines are not explained well. For example, the guideline for gonorrhea screening notes that it is applicable to sexually active people — does that mean people who are in a truly monogamous relationship need screening? Granted, there are some who think their partners are monogamous and are surprised when they find out otherwise. However, many people will find the generalization that all people need a specific screening a bit insulting, which is why physicians need to have free and open discussions with their patients. The chapter on breast cancer screening could have delved into the screening controversy and helped explain why different groups make different recommendations. This is somewhat of a lost opportunity.
Assessment: Overall, this is a nice, useful book for people who have little or no association with medicine to help understand what the guidelines mean, but while it discusses the guidelines, it misses numerous opportunities to bridge the patient-physician communication gap.