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Family physicians probably see a wider variety of rashes, eye conditions, foot disorders, lumps and bumps, and undifferentiated problems than any other specialty. In speaking with healthcare providers and medical students over the years, it became clear that a comprehensive atlas that aided in diagnosis using visible signs and internal imaging would be of tremendous value. We have assembled more than 2000 outstanding clinical images for this very purpose, and are proud to present the second edition of the first modern comprehensive atlas of family medicine ever produced. Some photographs will amaze you; all will inform you about the various conditions that befall our patients.

We were gratified by the great response to the first edition. The iPad and smartphone versions were also very well received and are again available for the second edition. Readers sent in a number of suggestions for additions and we have taken those to heart, with extensive new coverage of fundamental conditions.

New in the second edition are:

• New chapters that expand the scope of the book, including chapters on Global Health, Nummular Eczema, Alcoholism, and Tobacco Addiction. Most importantly, we have added chapters on topics that are found in the core curriculum for a Family Medicine Clerkship or a Family Medicine Residency:
  • Hypertension, diabetes, asthma, prostate cancer, arthritis overview, osteoarthritis, back pain, obesity, osteoporosis, and headache.
• The chapter template has been expanded to include more on prevention, prognosis, and risk factors for disease in many of the chapters.

It took a number of people many years to create the first edition of The Color Atlas of Family Medicine. For me it was a life work that started with little notebooks I kept in my white coat pocket to take notes during my residency. It then took on color and images as I kept a camera at work and took photographs with my patient's permission of any interesting clinical finding that I might use to teach medical students and residents the art and science of medicine. I was inspired by many great family physicians, including Dr. Jimmy Hara, who had the most amazing 35-mm slide collection of clinical images. His knowledge of medicine is encyclopedic and I thought that his taking photographs might have something to do with that. Also, I realized that these photographs would greatly enhance my teaching of others. As I began to expand my practice to see more dermatology cases, my photograph collection skyrocketed. Digital photography made it more affordable and practical to take and catalogue many new images.

The Color Atlas of Family Medicine is written for family physicians and all healthcare providers involved in primary care. It can also be invaluable to medical students, residents, internists, pediatricians, and dermatologists. This second edition is coming out just prior to the release of two new Color Atlas's in our new series:

The Color Atlas of Internal Medicine
The Color Atlas of Pediatrics

The first edition of The Color Atlas of Family Medicine is available electronically for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, all Android devices, Kindle, and on the web through Access Medicine. These electronic versions have allowed healthcare providers to access the images and content rapidly at the point-of-care.

One doctor wrote, “As a teacher and learner in Family Medicine and Dermatology, this atlas is an invaluable resource. Excellent quality pictures look great on the iPad. My patients appreciate seeing pictures of other people with the same medical conditions as theirs. Concise and evidence-based recommendations are just what we need in the busy setting of primary care. It is one of my most frequently referenced books/apps. A must-have for every teacher, learner or practitioner of Family Medicine or primary care.”


The second edition will also have all the same electronic versions with increased functionality.

The second edition of The Color Atlas of Family Medicine is for anyone who loves to look at clinical photographs for learning, teaching, and practicing medicine. The first chapter begins with an introduction to learning with images and digital photography. The core of the book focuses on medical conditions organized by anatomic and physiologic systems. Both adult and childhood conditions are included as this book covers healthcare from birth to death. There are special sections devoted to the essence of family medicine, physical/sexual abuse, women's health, and substance abuse.

The collection of clinical images is supported by evidence-based information that will help the healthcare provider diagnose and manage common medical problems. The text is concisely presented with many easy to access bullets as a quick point of care reference. Each chapter begins with a patient story that ties the photographs to the real life stories of our patients. The photographic legends are also designed to connect the images to the people and their human conditions. Strength of recommendation ratings are cited throughout so that the science of medicine can be blended with the art of medicine for optimal patient care.

We have created 3 special indexes to help you find information and diagnoses quickly and efficiently. The topic index printed on the front inside cover allows for quick access to major topic areas. The regional index for diagnosis can be used when you have an unknown condition and want to search for possible diagnoses by region of the body. Finally, the morphology index is to aid in the diagnosis of conditions which you can describe morphologically but for which the actual diagnosis remains uncertain.

Because knowledge continues to advance after any book is written, use the online resources presented in many of the chapters to keep up with the newest changes in medicine. Care deeply about your patients and enjoy your practice, as it is a privilege to be a healthcare provider and healer.

Strength of Recommendation (SOR) Definition
A Recommendation based on consistent and good-quality patient-oriented evidence.
B Recommendation based on inconsistent or limited-quality patient-oriented evidence.
C Recommendation based on consensus, usual practice, opinion, disease-oriented evidence, or case series for studies of diagnosis, treatment, prevention, or screening.
See Appendix A for further information.

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