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Book and Media Reviews
March 15, 2006

Primary Care

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(11):1313-1318. doi:10.1001/jama.295.11.1313-b

When this textbook first appeared in 1981, it was among the very few to focus on primary care of the adult patient. Adult medicine reference texts of the time consisted of exhaustive, disease-focused discussions. The focus of Primary Care Medicine, however, remains the evaluation and management of the adult patient in the outpatient primary care setting, aimed at the physician who provides such care. The textbook continues to concentrate on preventive screening and on evaluation of symptoms before determining a diagnosis, with succinct chapters on management of common diseases of adults. These essential components have been preserved through five editions spanning 25 years.

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