By J Willis Hurst, MD, and H Kenneth Walker, MD. Price, $13.95. Pp 287. Medcome Press, 2 Hammarskjold Plaza, New York 10017, 1972.
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This book evolved from the conference entitled Teaching Methods and Patient Care With Emphasis on the Weed System held in Atlanta Sept 10-11, 1971. The application of the problem-oriented record in such diverse places as a medical school teaching hospital, a private community hospital, and an Indian community hospital administered by the Public Health Service indicates that the approach is generally applicable. Similarly, its development and use in a nonurban family practitioner's setting is an exciting preview of how medicine could be practiced throughout the nation now. The importance of the approach in peer review and improving understanding of patient problems by paramedical personnel, especially nurses, is also considered. Even more exciting is the potential of computer applications to the practice of medicine, utilizing problemoriented records.
This book will probably not enable the neophyte to become a successful keeper of problem-oriented records. For that, Weed's book (Medical Records, Medical Education,
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