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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: William A. Schwer, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the 5th edition of a textbook that encompasses almost all aspects of family medicine. It is particularly focused to be practical and clinically relevant. The previous edition appreared in 1990.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a resource in the training of family physicians and to help the practicing family physician to remain current with recent medical advances. This book has been well recognized in the past as accomplishing these worthy objectives, and this new edition certainly continues to meet them. All chapters contain new information and many of the authors are family physicians.
Audience: The book is written for residents and practitioners in family medicine, and I believe it meets the needs of both groups. This text is one of the mainstays in a resident's or practitioner's personal library. Dr. Rakel is an esteemed family physician. The authors of each chapter include many well known family physicians.
Features: A unique feature of this book is the incorporation of many chapters concerning psychosocial issues; this is very refreshing to see in a medical text. The illustrations are appropriate, although the book may be slightly underillustrated. The currency and pertinence of the references are outstanding. The authors of each chapter have properly referenced their articles in depth.
Assessment: This edition of Dr. Rakel's textbook continues the high standard that one has come to expect. The updating of each chapter to include the newest advances in medicine is vitally important. Every library, bookstore, and family physician should acquire this edition. Dr. Rakel continues to balance the hard scientific knowledge with the art of medicine in a fine fashion. His textbook has always been the epitome of covering all aspects of the problems that a family physician faces.