The Oxford Textbook of Primary Medical Care is the first comprehensive, international textbook covering all aspects of the most common form of medical care: primary care. Arranged in two sections, it covers the entire range of organizational, academic, and clinical activites associated with general practice, family medicine and primary care.
The first section deals with the principles of primary care. There are descriptions of health care systems throughout the world, extensive discussion of the doctor-patient interaction, the public health role of the primary care team, guidance on practice management, and broad coverage of research and education in primary care. This section is unique in its depth of coverage, international authorship, and quality of writing: there is nothing else like it available. The second, clinical, section covers all the medical problems commonly seen in general practice worldwide, and is written by practising GPs with specialists. More than 200 chapters in this section provide a comprehensive overview of the clinical content of general practice with authoritative, detailed guidance on diagnosis, investigation, and management.
The editors represent a breadth of clinical and senior academic experience from Europe and North America and have selected a wide geographical spectrum of expert contributors.
Professor Roger Jones is Founding President and current Chairman of the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology, and Chairman of the European Society for Primary Care Gastroenterology. He is editor of Family Practice (OUP), an international journal of primary care. He has been involved for many years in research in a range of areas of primary care, as well as contributing to the development of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and training. Professor Nicky Britten is a sociologist whose main research interest is patient-doctor communication about prescribed medicines. She ran the Master's programme in general practice at Guy's, King's, and St Thomas' for 13 years. Her work on OTPMC was partly funded by a senior research fellowship for the British Academy. Professor Richard Grol is Founding President and Chariman of EQual (European Assocation of Quality in Family Practice. He is Associate Editor of Quality and Safety in Health Care. He has done research on quality in health care for 20 years. Professor Larry Culpepper is Past-President of the North American Primary Care Group, member of the US National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, and Chairman of the Board of the Rhode Island Public Health Foundation Professor David Gass is a faculty member of the Department of Family Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada. He has served as Director of the Long term Care Program, Camp Hill Hospital, Clinical Chief of Family Medicine at the Camphill Medical Center and Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, Dalhousie University. He is the Chair of the National Ethics Committee of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is currently seconded to the Nova Scotia Department of Health as the Director of the Primary Health Care Section. Professor David Mant, in addition to being head of one of the leading University departments of primary health care in the UK, responsible for both research and teaching, still works as a general practitioner in Oxford. He is a member of a number of august research bodies and committees.