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Mayo Clin Proc. 2009 November; 84(11): 1045.
PMCID: PMC2770928

Pharmacotherapy in Primary Care

Reviewed by Robert T. Flinchbaugh, DO

edited by  William D. Linn,  Marion R. Wofford,  Mary Elizabeth O'Keefe, and  L. Michael Posey,  544 pp, with illus,  $59.95,  McGraw-Hill (telephone: 800-722-4726),  2009, ISBN  978-0-07-145612-8.

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Type and Scope of Book:

A multiauthored softbound textbook.


This compilation of up-to-date evidence-based findings covers a broad range of topics that primary care physicians encounter on a daily basis. The book is organized by organ systems. All chapters have detailed descriptions of clinical presentation, physical findings, diagnostic evaluation, and management. Management sections contain excellent information on primary management, pharmacological therapy, and specialty consultation and referral questions. Each management section includes an evidence-based summary on which primary care physicians can build their general knowledge base. The authors include numerous helpful tables and many concise algorithms of treatment strategies.


Each chapter provides quick overviews and useful management recommendations for many conditions and disorders seen in primary care practice.


Although not comprehensive in breath, each chapter covers the most commonly seen issues in the primary care setting and provides sound advice in a clear and concise manner.

Recommended Readership:

Primary care physicians and primary care residents in training.

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