Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2015
5 Books in 1
"The book’s big plus is the excellent and accessible layout designed for a rapid read of a specific topic. Having an electronic version available saves the user having to lug around a big textbook which still has its place." Dr Harry Brown, October 2014
Ferri’s Clinical Advisor 2015 is the fastest, most effective way to access current diagnostic and therapeutic information on more than 700 common medical conditions. Dr. Ferri’s popular "5 books in 1" format provides quick guidance on short QT syndrome, microscopic polyangiitis, fungal meningitis, and much more. Now featuring expanded online components, this medical reference makes the answers you need even easier to find - anytime, anywhere."An excellent book and superb reference source. It is ideal for primary care and useful for secondary care and there is a huge amount of detail and knowledge".
Reviewed by: Dr Harry Brown Date: October 2014 Table of Contents
New to This Edition
- Identify and treat a broader range of disorders , including diabetic foot infections, hypergonadism, and acute liver failure, with 22 new topics in the Diseases & Disorders section.
- Improve your interpretation of presenting symptoms with 38 new topics and 40 new images in the Differential Diagnosis section, and optimize patient care with more than 250 new figures and tables.
- Rapidly find the answers you need with separate sections on diseases and disorders, differential diagnosis, clinical algorithms, laboratory results, and clinical preventive services, plus an at-a-glance format that uses cross-references, outlines, bullets, tables, boxes, and algorithms to expedite your search.
- Expedite insurance reimbursements with current ICD-9 and future ICD-10 insurance billing codes.
- Access full-color images and more than 90 online-only topics at Expert Consult, as well as EBMs, Suggested Reading, Patient Teaching Guides, and additional algorithms.
- Review normal values and interpret results for more than 200 lab tests.
- Improve your family healthcare practice’s efficiency with cost-effective referral and consultation guidelines.
"There is an incredible amount of information in this book. As the title indicates, it is essentially five books in one, but there is much beyond the five that has been the foundation of this book.Over the years this book has progressively increased in information and utility. It has moved with the changes in medicine, such as adding the ICD-10 codes, and as of this year, includes an extremely well presented electronic version. This is an incredibly useful addition to a busy clinician's smartphone in either format."-Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP(Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences) Doody Review: 5 stars
"Well you certainly know what you get from this book, when you read the title. It is indeed a clinical advisor and it is ready for 2015, even when I am writing this review in 2014. It is part of the excellent Expert Consult format which means, you get a print, web and app version all bundled within the price. The book is divided into 5 sections which leads to the claim in the front cover that it is five books in one and to be fair that is correct. The five sections comprise diseases and disorders, differential diagnosis, clinical algorithms and lab tests and interpretation of results and clinical practice guidelines. The last section is very US centric and has more limited attraction to a UK audience.
However that should not detract from what is an excellent book and superb reference source. It is ideal for primary care and useful for secondary care and there is a huge amount of detail and knowledge which of course going by the title is up to date. The book is primarily and mainly written in note and list style along with diagrams and I would suspect this is to allow a busy clinician to quickly access the data and read up on a topic quickly. It is packed with information and the hardback book extends to over 1772 pages. It is an impressive offering which must take some effort to put together; there is an impressive array of section editors and contributors.
I think for what you get, it is relatively modestly priced and I don’t think you need to get the new version when it appears next year. Most impressively if you spot an error or want something changed then the editor Fred Ferri has kindly published his e mail address in the preface.
Apart from the sheer volume of information available, the book’s big plus is the excellent and accessible layout designed for a rapid read of a specific topic. Having an electronic version available saves the user having to lug around a big textbook which still has its place".
Reviewed by: Dr Harry Brown Date: October 2014
By Fred F. Ferri, MD, FACP, Clinical Professor, Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island