McWhinney's Textbook of Family Medicine (4th edition)

ISBN : 9780199370689

Thomas Freeman
536 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Mar 2016
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Highly acclaimed in its first three editions, McWhinney's Textbook of Family Medicine is one of the seminal texts in the field. While many family medicine texts simply cover the disorders a practitioner might see in clinical practice, McWhinney's defines the principles and practices of family medicine as a separate and distinct field of practice. The fourth edition presents six new clinical chapters of common problems in family medicine: respiratory illness, musculoskeletal pain, depression, diabetes, obesity and multimorbidity. This new edition also provides information on stewardship of resources, patient information and data, delivery of care in the home, and consultation and referral. The volume also covers continuing advances in the research base of family medicine. Readers will come away with a deeper appreciation for the role of the generalist in healthcare.


Part I Basic Principles
1. The Origins of Family Medicine
2. Principles of Family Medicine
3. Illness in the Community
4. The Family in Health and Disease
5. A Profile of Family Practice
6. Philosophical and Scientific Foundations of Family Medicine
7. Illness, Suffering, and Healing
8. Patient-Doctor Communication
9. Clinical Method
10. The Enhancement of Health and the Prevention of Disease

Part II Clinical Problems
11. Respiratory Illness
12. Musculoskeletal Pain
13. Depression
14. Diabetes
15. Obesity
16. Multimorbidity

Part III The Practice of Family Medicine
17. Home Visits
18. Stewardship of Resources, Patient Information and Data
19. Practice Management
20. The Health Professions
21. The Community Service Network
22. Consultation and Referral
23. Alternative or Complementary Medicine

Part IV Education and Research
24. Continuing Self-Education
25. Research in Family Practice

About the author: 

Thomas R. Freeman, MD, MClSc, CCFP, FCFP is a Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada

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