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.
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
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.
Karam-Danek LC. Primary Care. JAMA. 2004;292(10):1241–1242. doi:10.1001/jama.292.10.1241
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