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April 10, 1996

Textbook of Family Practice

Author Affiliations

Hales Corners Medical Clinic Hales Corners, Wis

JAMA. 1996;275(14):1131. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530380073037

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The fifth edition of Rakel's bible of family practice updates a classic text to keep pace with the ever-changing field of medicine. Dr Rakel has succeeded again in providing a valuable resource for primary care that keeps current with recent medical advances. The text is also intended as a resource for non-primary care physicians, who are increasingly called upon to provide primary care services to their patients.

Despite the breadth of family practice, efforts have been made to keep the material concise, practical, and clinically relevant. The first edition policy of co-authored chapters, pairing an authority in the field with an experienced family physician, has been continued. There are also 60 new authors among the 118 contributors.

New chapters expand on psychiatric disorders and condense material on domestic abuse. Another new chapter deals with biopsychosocial medicine. All other chapters have been revised and updated or rewritten to contain fresh information.