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July 26, 1995

Procedures for Primary Care Physicians

Author Affiliations

Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center Chicago, Ill


edited by John L. Pfenninger and Grant C. Fowler (Mosby Primary Care Series), 1170 pp, with illus, paper, $59.95, ISBN 0-8016-6384-9, St Louis, Mo, Mosby, 1994.

JAMA. 1995;274(4):353-354. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530040081052

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This book is the most comprehensive source of information on primary care procedures available anywhere. Organized around ten broad medical disciplines, with an additional section covering miscellaneous topics, tightly organized chapters offer practical synopses for 144 clinical procedures that primary care physicians may have opportunities to perform.

Each chapter adheres to a uniform but flexible format for discussing its procedure. Indications, contraindications, equipment, techniques, complications, and patient education concerns make up the standard set of procedure-related issues covered by each of the over 80 distinguished contributors, more than 60% of whom represent departments of family medicine. Over 900 well-chosen, easy-to-follow illustrations and photographs support the text. Several entries include examples of forms that may be used to obtain consent, educate patients, or document procedure-based encounters. Short bibliographies are included at the end of each chapter. Some even contain addresses and telephone numbers for sources of equipment and supplies, training support,

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