by Allan H. Goroll, Lawrence A. May, and Albert G. Mulley, Jr, 3rd ed, 1162 pp, $57.50, ISBN 0-397-51130-2, Philadelphia, Pa, JB Lippincott, 1994.
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As the practice of medicine changes, so do textbooks of medicine. Among the most significant trends in today's medical practice is the move toward office-based primary care and away from specialization. Primary Care Medicine anticipated this shift with the first edition in 1981; the third edition carries on a successful educational philosophy and format.
Primary Care Medicine begins with chapters of special relevance to primary care: health maintenance, estimating risk and prognosis, screening techniques, preventive medicine, immunization, and compliance. The remainder of the text is organized into 13 sections. Except for "Psychiatric and Behavioral Problems," the classification system is anatomic. With a few exceptions, each system-oriented section is subdivided by screening, evaluation or approach, management, and, where appropriate, prevention. All commonly encountered medical problems of the ambulatory patient are discussed, and despite the inevitable publishing delay associated with any textbook, the text is surprisingly current: recent developments in hepatitis D
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