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May 25, 1994

The 5-Minute Clinical Consult—1994

JAMA. 1994;271(20):1624. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510440086043

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The concept upon which this book is based is an excellent one: brief ("5minute"), tightly structured, entirely clinically oriented articles on a wide variety of conditions encountered in family practice, including obstetrics and pediatrics as well as adult medicine. It is written in almost telegraphic style. Each topic is presented either by a specialist in the area or by one or more nonacademic practitioners who presumably have considerable experience with their subject.

One thousand topics are included, arranged alphabetically in two sections. In one section of 450 topics, the entries clustered in the back of the book are quite brief (closer to 1-minute consults), and most are little more than dictionary definitions. The 550 longer articles—each occupies two facing pages—are divided into six sections: basics, diagnosis, treatment, medications, follow-up, and miscellaneous. Each section is headed by a computer-like icon.

References are usually to chapters of standard textbooks, and I could

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