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SB Mushlin and HL Greene, editors. Published by Mosby Elsevier, 2010. ISBN 9780323041072. Contains 726 pages. Price AU$118.80 (online price at Elsevier Australia) This book comprehensively covers a wide spectrum of diagnostic and management problems ranging from general conditions such as cfatigued and clow back paind to the more specific such as csolitary pulmonary noduled and cchoosing a chronic dialysis modalityd. The book is well structured into conventional subspecialties and subjects of interest easily located. For each subject there is an introduction and descriptive text with an accompanying algorithm on the facing page. Each topic is written by an expert in their field. The algorithms provide a route map towards a final diagnosis and an outline of management. Perhaps inevitably algorithms visually diminish the importance of history and examination. Looking at them in detail the North American authorship clearly comes through. For example, that all patients with type I diabetes should be offered insulin pumps would neither be common practice nor practical in many places. First choice for managing a DVT appears to be intravenous heparin rather than subcutaneous low molecular-weight heparin as would commonly be used here, accepting this is considered as an option. Overall I think the editors and authors have done a good job. This text will be particularly useful as a framework for those developing clinical pathways. Undoubtedly the use of algorithms is going to increase. Much as I like books with pages to turn, as a reference text this might be more useful in the downloadable format, assuming the authors of the algorithms are able to provide timely updates. Whilst treatment is covered, this is limited, and not a criticism of the book but to inform purchasers. I am not sure this book will solve my ctoughest casesd, which the publishers suggest it might. Those patients tend not to fit the precise boxes of an algorithm. But it may well help and will be a useful addition to our departmental (General Medicine) library. David Cole Consultant Physician General Medicine, Christchurch Hospital

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SB Mushlin and HL Greene, editors. Published by Mosby Elsevier, 2010. ISBN 9780323041072. Contains 726 pages. Price AU$118.80 (online price at Elsevier Australia) This book comprehensively covers a wide spectrum of diagnostic and management problems ranging from general conditions such as cfatigued and clow back paind to the more specific such as csolitary pulmonary noduled and cchoosing a chronic dialysis modalityd. The book is well structured into conventional subspecialties and subjects of interest easily located. For each subject there is an introduction and descriptive text with an accompanying algorithm on the facing page. Each topic is written by an expert in their field. The algorithms provide a route map towards a final diagnosis and an outline of management. Perhaps inevitably algorithms visually diminish the importance of history and examination. Looking at them in detail the North American authorship clearly comes through. For example, that all patients with type I diabetes should be offered insulin pumps would neither be common practice nor practical in many places. First choice for managing a DVT appears to be intravenous heparin rather than subcutaneous low molecular-weight heparin as would commonly be used here, accepting this is considered as an option. Overall I think the editors and authors have done a good job. This text will be particularly useful as a framework for those developing clinical pathways. Undoubtedly the use of algorithms is going to increase. Much as I like books with pages to turn, as a reference text this might be more useful in the downloadable format, assuming the authors of the algorithms are able to provide timely updates. Whilst treatment is covered, this is limited, and not a criticism of the book but to inform purchasers. I am not sure this book will solve my ctoughest casesd, which the publishers suggest it might. Those patients tend not to fit the precise boxes of an algorithm. But it may well help and will be a useful addition to our departmental (General Medicine) library. David Cole Consultant Physician General Medicine, Christchurch Hospital

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

David Cole, Consultant Physician, General Medicine, Christchurch Hospital

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Correspondence Email

Competing Interests

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SB Mushlin and HL Greene, editors. Published by Mosby Elsevier, 2010. ISBN 9780323041072. Contains 726 pages. Price AU$118.80 (online price at Elsevier Australia) This book comprehensively covers a wide spectrum of diagnostic and management problems ranging from general conditions such as cfatigued and clow back paind to the more specific such as csolitary pulmonary noduled and cchoosing a chronic dialysis modalityd. The book is well structured into conventional subspecialties and subjects of interest easily located. For each subject there is an introduction and descriptive text with an accompanying algorithm on the facing page. Each topic is written by an expert in their field. The algorithms provide a route map towards a final diagnosis and an outline of management. Perhaps inevitably algorithms visually diminish the importance of history and examination. Looking at them in detail the North American authorship clearly comes through. For example, that all patients with type I diabetes should be offered insulin pumps would neither be common practice nor practical in many places. First choice for managing a DVT appears to be intravenous heparin rather than subcutaneous low molecular-weight heparin as would commonly be used here, accepting this is considered as an option. Overall I think the editors and authors have done a good job. This text will be particularly useful as a framework for those developing clinical pathways. Undoubtedly the use of algorithms is going to increase. Much as I like books with pages to turn, as a reference text this might be more useful in the downloadable format, assuming the authors of the algorithms are able to provide timely updates. Whilst treatment is covered, this is limited, and not a criticism of the book but to inform purchasers. I am not sure this book will solve my ctoughest casesd, which the publishers suggest it might. Those patients tend not to fit the precise boxes of an algorithm. But it may well help and will be a useful addition to our departmental (General Medicine) library. David Cole Consultant Physician General Medicine, Christchurch Hospital

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

David Cole, Consultant Physician, General Medicine, Christchurch Hospital

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Correspondence Email

Competing Interests

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