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May 4, 1984

Family Medicine: Principles and Practice

Author Affiliations

Medical College of Ohio Toledo

JAMA. 1984;251(17):2275. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340410077045

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This text is an expanded, revised second edition of a monumental, comprehensive reference in family medicine. One hundred sixty-four contributors, persons actively teaching and practicing medicine, have created a definitive, practical guide for the practicing family physician and those subspecialists who want to understand better the role of the family physician in medical care.

The text is a large volume—2,020 pages with 297 illustrations. It reads well and is well organized. It has three major divisions: "The Principles of Family Medicine," "The Practice of Family Medicine," and "The Application of Family Medicine."

Part 1 approaches medical care from three viewpoints: behavior of the patient, family, and physician; concepts integral to the data base of family medicine; and skills used in family medicine. Part 2 presents comprehensive coverage of problems in specific body systems. Part 3 focuses on family problems with discussions of the clinical aspects of life events and family