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May 17, 1995

General Practice

JAMA. 1995;273(19):1546. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520430082050

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This general textbook of primary care medicine is an ambitious tome by a single author, John Murtagh, MD, MBBS, who is a professor of general practice, medical editor of Australian Family Physician, head of the Department of Community Medicine at Box Hill Hospital, and a long-time practitioner. The book was written with "the recent graduate and medical student in mind" as a comprehensive text of Australian medical practice focusing on "the very basics of medical principles and management." It is overwhelmingly broad and immeasurably deep in experience-based knowledge and manages quite well to accomplish its primary mission.

The book is organized very interestingly into sections that are general, symptom based, and founded on topics of common interest, such as children's health, women's health, or men's health (an unusual title!). After an interesting section on the basis of general practice, which discusses subjects as varied as nonverbal communication and body language,

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