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Books, Journals, New Media
September 8, 2004

Primary Care

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(10):1241-1242. doi:10.1001/jama.292.10.1241

Rarely does a family physician come across a textbook that serves not only as a useful educational tool but also as an enjoyable source of leisure reading. The Oxford Textbook of Primary Medical Care is such a book. It addresses the full scope of primary care and includes a valuable CD-ROM.

Volume 1, "Principles and Concepts," has an engaging first chapter on the definition of primary care, the importance of teamwork, and community involvement. The second chapter includes wonderful descriptions of primary care in various parts of the world, reviewing current key policy developments, health care initiatives, training, and workforce. The remainder of the first volume completes the framework and practical side of primary care, including patient interview techniques, vaccinations and screening programs, postgraduate training, professional development, practice management, and ethics. The essentials of the structure and function of primary care are laid out in their entirety.