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Book and Media Reviews
September 24, 2008

Current Diagnosis & Treatment in Family Medicine

JAMA. 2008;300(12):1465. doi:10.1001/jama.300.12.1465

I do not envy the editors of any comprehensive book of family medicine. Their task is to edit a text that includes approaches to the myriad common conditions seen in daily practice and at the same time be discriminating enough not to overwhelm potential readers with either length or heft. Given the breadth of family medicine and even excluding hospital practice and maternity care, as the editors of this reference book have chosen to do, this task is of herculean proportions. Yet South-Paul, Matheny, and Lewis—the editors of Current Diagnosis & Treatment in Family Medicine and all respected senior leaders in the discipline—succeed admirably in accomplishing this task. This second edition of their book properly balances the competing demands of thoroughness and conciseness, which are so necessary in such a challenging venture.

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