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Book and Media Reviews
June 23 2010

The Essential Guide to Primary Care Procedures

JAMA. 2010;303(24):2529. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.846

E. J. Mayeaux, coeditor of Atlas of Primary Care Procedures in 2003, uses a similar approach in this new procedure guide entitled The Essential Guide to Primary Care Procedures. His current book covers 123 procedures, nearly twice the number covered in his previous procedure manual. Each chapter begins with a detailed introduction to the procedure; “Equipment,” “Indications,” and “Contraindications” follow in a bulleted format. A stepwise and well-illustrated “The Procedure” section is accompanied by bulleted “Pearls” and “Pitfalls.” The chapter concludes with “Complications,” “Pediatric Considerations,” “Postprocedure Instructions,” and “Coding Information.” The 2008 50th percentile fees charged for the selected codes are included and may help physicians determine the financial viability of incorporating this procedure into their practices. Patient education handouts are referenced, which can be found on the book's Web site, and a bibliography for each chapter is listed.