edited by William T. Branch, Jr, 3rd ed, 1154 pp, with illus, $95, ISBN 0-7216-4338-8, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1994.
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It is a pleasure to have had the opportunity to review this latest edition of Branch's Office Practice of Medicine. With 108 contributors, more than one-third new, this text provides a comprehensive survey of problems frequently presenting in adult primary care. It is a major revision of the second edition but continues to build on the solid contribution made by its predecessor. It is of value to general internists, primary care internists, family practitioners, and others providing care to adults.
The text is divided by organ systems with each division broken into chapters on individual problem areas. The cardiovascular system, for example, covers syncope, palpitations, angina, noninvasive tests, valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure, hyperlipidemia, exercise, tobacco use, hypertension, claudication, and venous diseases in the lower extremities. This deemphasizes some of the congenital heart problems rarely seen in adults and emphasizes the treatment of risk factors such as hyperlipidemia and
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