This manual ambitiously collects an extensive group of common clinical problems seen by the primary care physician. Separate chapters discuss the diagnostic nuances of headache, dizziness, and chest, abdominal, and low back pain. Other chapters dissect the intricacies of diagnosing and treating specific diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, urinary tract infections, and gynecologic complaints. Clinical pearls known to surgical subspecialists are described under chapters on eye, ear, nose, throat, and dental problems. Discussions are aimed at the general practitioner seeing patients in an ambulatory care setting.
The format is a syllabus-outline without lettered headings printed in typewriter-style typeface. One infers that this book is the amplification of a teaching syllabus for house officers at the University of California, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. In fact, it is designed to fit into the pocket of a laboratory jacket.
The most striking and consistent feature of this handbook is its organized presentation.