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From The CriticsReviewer: peter m daher, md (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This text serves as a reference guide to the practice of medicine and includes the most up-to-date wealth of clinical information in each specialty. The previous edition was printed in 1992.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the best clinical practice. The text clearly achieves the editors' goals.
Audience: This book is targeted mainly for the practitioner — family physician, internist, and emergency room physician. However, it can be used by all clinicians or anyone in the medical field who needs up-to-date information.
Features: All relevant diseases in all specialties are presented with a practical and up-to-date approach for clinical management and diagnosis. Each section starts with a diagnostic approach to the specialty field followed by a full content of that chapter. The appendix does cover search or trigger words/chief complaints/diagnoses, etc., which makes the book easy to use. Many more illustrations could have been used.
Assessment: The editors have outdone themselves in the quality, delivery, and completeness of the contents. The book is a very useful reference tool that covers about all the specialties in an easy to read format — a quality that is unique and not yet seen in any other book of similar format. The previous edition (1992) did not have many of the new, innovative medical therapies that have become the practice norm.