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April 7, 1999

Primary CareFerri's Clinical Advisor: Instant Diagnosis and Treatment

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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With CD-ROM, edited by Fred F. Ferri, 1124 pp, with illus, $89.95, ISBN 0-323-00529-2, St Louis, Mo, Mosby, 1999.


Ferri's Clinical Advisor: Instant Diagnosis and Treatment CD-ROM for Windows, includes 385 Patient Teaching Guides, edited by Fred F. Ferri, one CD-ROM, requirements: Windows only: 486 or Pentium PC, running Windows 95, NT, or Windows 3.1 (3.1 requires installed TCP/IP stack and, configured modem), 16MB RAM, 30MB free hard disk space, 2×/faster CD-ROM drive; documentation 8 pp user's guide, $59.95, ISBN 0-323-00528-4, St Louis, Mo, Mosby, 1999.

JAMA. 1999;281(13):1236. doi:10.1001/jama.281.13.1236-JBK0407-5-1

Ferri's Clinical Advisor is written to serve as a reference for primary care physicians. The first half (section 1) contains concise summaries of 450 common medical problems. Each topic is presented in a structured format that features definition, epidemiology and demographics, physical findings, etiology, differential diagnosis, workup, treatment, and references. This structure provides consistency throughout the section.

The second half of the book is composed of six additional sections. The next three present differential diagnosis for almost 200 signs and symptoms (section 2), over 90 clinical algorithms for diagnostic evaluation (section 3), and normal laboratory values and interpretation of results (section 4). Section 5 contains the recommendation and clinical intervention sections from all the chapters of The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services. Section 6 has abstracts and commentaries on recent articles from the international literature; the selections come from the Year Book series published by Mosby, with clinically relevant articles. The seventh section focuses on medications by therapeutic drug class, comparing and contrasting drugs, including relative cost.

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