by E. Scott Medley, 343 pp, with illus, paper, $25, Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1982.
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The literature of family medicine is becoming crowded with book lookalikes. The unwary consumer may come to feel he has purchased a book featuring neither new information nor a novel treatment of important information if he does not carefully evaluate acquisitions beforehand.
Common Health Problems in Medical Practice is neither a quick reference book nor an exhaustive treatment. It is neither an authoritative treatise for the library nor a field manual for the beleaguered resident. This unshaped identity precludes it from being considered as a unique contribution to the primary care field.
The arrangement of health problems by the age at which they occur, rather than by system, is unique, but there are no pearls of wisdom within the covers. Primary care physicians already know this basic material.
Dr Medley is from the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Florida, and he
Oppenheim EB. Common Health Problems in Medical Practice. JAMA. 1982;247(23):3267-3268. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320480073035