Oxford Handbook of General Practice: Third Edition.
Chantal Simon, Hazel Everitt, Francoise Van Dorp 2010. Oxford University Press. p. 1200£32.95 ISBN: 9780199236107.
In this digital age is the traditional reference book a thing of the past? Or can it still be useful in modern day general practice?
The new edition of the Oxford Handbook of General Practice is a champion in the battle between hardback and hard drive.
Its compact size makes it the perfect companion not only for the surgery but also for house calls. The logical lay out and referencing makes it as fast (if not at IT meltdown times, faster) than online resources.
It provides an up-to-date and comprehensive guide to current day general practice. Free serial key codes. New sections include requirements for foundation level doctors and details of the nMRCGP. There is also a new ‘Healthy Living’ chapter which provides useful advice on tackling such hot topics as obesity, drug and alcohol abuse.
Many conditions that affect all age groups may differ for children or the elderly. A superb new feature is the highlight system for these instances. A box with a symbol for the elderly or children draws the reader's attention to relevant differences for the extremes of age. This avoids having to look up different chapters and saves time. Care of the Elderly and Child Health chapters are not compromised however, remaining as extensive as in prior additions.
The symptoms and signs chapter has been removed. This is replaced with a short segment at the start of each chapter which details symptoms and signs relevant to each system. This affords a more streamlined layout.
Finally, this edition retains its tendency to be funny, wise, and have encouraging quotations dotted throughout its pages.
As a comfort blanket for the less experienced it remains unrivalled, but truly, it is a must-have book for all.
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Oxford Handbook Of General Practice
The Oxford Handbook of General Practice has been a lifeline for busy GPs since the first edition published in 2002. Covering the whole of general practice, with hands-on advice from experienced practitioners, this essential handbook provides rapid access to information to help with any day-to-day problems which might arise in general practice.
The new third edition takes into account the significant changes in primary care since publication of the second edition in 2005. Written in line with the new GP curriculum, the authors have provided new material on the GP contract, foundation level doctors in general practice, and training for general practice.
All chapters have been completely revised and updated with input from a team of specialist reviewers and contributors. The chapter on child health has been radically updated and specific chapters have now been dedicated to pregnancy and contraception/sexual health. The handbook also includes quick reference practical management boxes for pediatric and elderly patients, a plate section of color images, and reference to online guidelines and resources.
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