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Family Medicine: A Guidebook for Practitioners of the Art.

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Second edition. By Shires David B., Hennen Brian K., Rice Donald I.. . 632 pages. McGraw-Hill Book Company; , New York: , 1987.. $27.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(4):644. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-106-4-644_1
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Twenty-five contributing authors, mostly from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, have produced this new edition. The book is slightly reorganized from its first edition, and new chapters have been added on child abuse and the family, nutrition and family practice, cultural factors influencing compliance, and computers in practice.

The sections cover primary care to the family, common problems, facilitating health maintenance, patient management, team function, research and teaching skills, office management, and the complete approach. The sections on team function, office management, and research and teaching skills are concise, clear, and particularly well written. Over one third of the


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