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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is a new companion to one of the pillars of a house officer's life, The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics , 33rd edition, Foster et al. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010). Like its namesake, this book literally has everything internal medicine residents need to have at their fingertips when working in the outpatient medicine setting.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to provide a reference for the common ambulatory medical problems encountered in the outpatient office. Additionally, it is a tremendous reference for the subspecialty offices as it incorporates many of the details necessary for working in these offices.
Audience: Although focused on the needs of the medicine housestaff of Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the book really is for all who practice outpatient medicine as general internal medicine specialists or subspecialists in medicine. While not stated as such, it is also a mine of information for family medicine physicians and physician assistants, as there is considerable overlap with the common problems they encounter in the primary care office..
Features: Very much like its predecessor, this is an easy-to-use, pocket-sized manual for house officers and continues its outstanding heritage of excellence. The format is somewhat different, changing to a bulleted list format and divided according to the usual organ systems. Each chapter has sections on the general principles of relevant anatomy and physiology, how to make the diagnosis, how to treat, and what follow-up is appropriate. There are simple figures and tables of relevant comparisons and a superb index.
Assessment: This is an excellent book for housestaff and attendings who practice in the outpatient setting. I highly recommend it to all. It is exceptionally easy to carry, use, and find information with minimal effort.