Textbook of Family Medicine principles of family medicine, primary care in the community, andall aspects of clinical practice
Textbook of Family Medicine 9th Edition was published in 1973, just after the specialty of family practice, now family medicine, was approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Although the practice of medicine has changed considerably since that first edition, the content of the specialty remains essentially the same. Our goal is to provide in one text the information essential to our discipline. While some family physicians, especially those in urban areas, no longer deliver babies, the breadth of knowledge required to practice comprehensive primary care remains unchanged. Because of the great deficit of primary care physicians in the United States, those trained in other specialties are often called upon to provide primary care. They may benefit significantly from the breadth of material presented here.
The entire content of this edition is available electronically and can be accessed by iPad, iPhone, PC, and Mac. In order to limit the size (and weight) of the book, some material (such as references) is available only online. Also available online are 38 videos from Elsevier’s Procedures Consult. Videos range from how to repair a wound with tissue glue to performing a vasectomy. See the Video Contents for the full list.
This text is designed to be a resource for family physicians to help them remain current with advances in medicine. It is especially valuable to those preparing for certification or recertification by the American Board of Family Medicine.
Following the policy we established in the first edition, most of the authors of this text are family physicians. The clinical chapters combine a family physician with an authority in the field to ensure that the material is current and relevant to the needs of the family physician.
This edition continues an evidence-based approach, giving the Strength of Recommendation (SOR) taxonomy in the Key Treatment boxes, focusing on Grade A recommendations. More than 1000 tables and color illustrations facilitate the rapid retrieval of essential information and are used to present in-depth data conveniently.
Although this text focuses on problems most frequently encountered in the primary care setting, significant attention is also given to potentially serious problems that would be dangerous if missed. Diagnosing a problem in its early, undifferentiated stage is much more difficult than after symptoms have progressed to the point that the diagnosis is evident.
Our thanks to the staff at Elsevier for their high publishing standards and insistence on quality.