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Book and Media Reviews
April 8, 2009

The Color Atlas of Family Medicine

JAMA. 2009;301(14):1485-1489. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.415

This book was a genuine treat to review. The more than 1000 pages are chock full of figures and photographs illustrating virtually every illness seen by a family physician or other specialist. But this book, edited by 4 family physicians and an obstetrician-gynecologist, is much more than simply a pictorial atlas. Various chapters are written by family physicians as well as specialists. Chapter 1, written by lead editor Richard Usatine, is a guide to taking photographs in medical practice and using them for teaching purposes. The book is subsequently divided into 17 additional chapters dealing with 12 different body systems, such as “The Heart and Circulation,” “Musculoskeletal Problems,” and “Podiatry.” The remaining 5 chapters are titled “The Essence of Family Medicine,” “Physical and Sexual Abuse,” “Women's Health,” “Substance Abuse,” and “Infectious Disease.”

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