This book is intended as a course text for family-medicine/primary-care clerkships in medical schools. Twenty-five clinical chapters drawn from the author's Family Medicine: Principles and Practice are used to teach the clinical approach and describ e the process of quality patient care. Case scenarios following each chapter involve members of an extended family, providing students with an opportunity to see the impact of illness on various family members. This new edition includes a new chapter , "Care of the Dying Patient." Examples of clinical subjects covered are headache, ischemic heart disease, domestic violence, depression, common dermatoses, and athletic injuries.
This is the first edition of an abbreviated version of a larger textbook by the same authors, this one designed for use by third-year medical students. It is a soft-cover book containing 26 chapters written by 43 authors, all family physicians. The purpose is to serve as a text for medical students taking a family medicine clerkship by describing problems commonly seen by family physicians and the process they use to manage a diverse assortment of illnesses in a time-limited fashion. The book focuses on the process by which family physicians provide high-quality, comprehensive, and continuing care to patients and their families. The book is intended for medical students enrolled in family medicine or primary care clerkships. These are usually third-year students. The chapters represent a broad spectrum of clinical problems seen in primary care. A case presentation and questions follow each chapter, intended to be the basis for small group discussions. The cases are all members of one extended family, the Nelsons, and focus on the importance of continuity of care and the effects of illness on various family members. This book serves as a useful text for third-year medical students taking a family medicine clerkship. It is less pensive than the parent textbook and has been modified appropriately to help students understand the fundamentals of family medicine. Only one of the four associate editors contributed a chapter. Most of the references are relatively old, with few being more recent than 1991 except for the chapter written by the editor.