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The Little Black Book of Primary Care, Fifth Edition

Author(s): Daniel K. Onion, MD, MPH, FACP, Dartmouth Medical School/Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency Program
  • ISBN-13: 9780763734596
  • ISBN-10:0763734594
  • Paperback    1206 pages      © 2006
Price: International Sales $88.95 US List
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Thoroughly revised and updated, the fifth edition of this classic handbook provides comprehensive, concise, evidence-based information on diagnosis and treatment across the spectrum of illness and injury in the primary care setting. The book features a simple, accessible template for each subject, and quick and easy references to the relevant literature. The Little Black Book of Primary Care is a convenient resource offering instant access to vital information. Makes a great reference for solving pressing problems on the ward or in the clinic.

Features & Benefits

Each chapter presented in concise uniform format, providing easy access to facts and figures

Thoroughly updated content for the fifth edition

Offers quick references to supporting medical literature

Evidence-based, featuring "embedded" references to supporting literature

Chapter 1: Emergencies

  • General Issues
  • Emergency Protocols
  • Overdoses/Poisoning

Chapter 2: Cardiology

  • Medications
  • ASHD
  • Arrhythmias
  • Hypertension
  • Endo/Peri/Myocarditis
  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Miscellaneous
  • EKG Reading

Chapter 3: Dermatology

  • Dermatologic Medications
  • Dermatoses
  • Infectious Dermatitis
  • Skin cancers
  • Miscellaneous

Chapter 4: Ear, Nose, and Throat

  • Ear
  • Nose/Throat
  • ENT Cancers
  • Miscellaneous

Chapter 5: Endocrinology/Metabolism

  • Adrenal Disorders
  • Diabetes and Obesity
  • Gonadal Disorders
  • Hyperlipidemias
  • Parathyroid/Calcium/Magnesium Disorders
  • Pituitary Disorders
  • Thyroid Disorders
  • Vitamin Disorders
  • Miscellaneous

Chapter 6: Gastroenterology

  • Upper GI Diseases
  • Pancreatic Diseases
  • Biliary Disease
  • Hepatic Disease
  • Small Bowel Diseases
  • Large Bowel Diseases
  • Miscellaneous
  • Causes of Diarrhea

Chapter 7: Geriatrics

  • Osteoporosis
  • Falls in the Elderly
  • Hip Fracture
  • Dementias
  • Miscellaneous

Chapter 8: Hematology/Oncology

  • Chemotherapy
  • Vitamin Deficiency Anemias
  • Hemoglobinopathies
  • Porphyrias
  • Hemolytic Anemias
  • Clotting Disorders
  • Purpura and Platelet Disorders
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Lymphomas/Leukemias
  • Immunologic Diseases
  • Miscellaneous

Chapter 9: Infectious Diseases

  • Bacteriology
    • Antibiotics
    • Gram Positive Organisms
    • Gram Negative Organisms
    • Anaerobes
    • Acid-Fast Organisms
    • Spirochetes
    • Mycoplasma/Chlamydia
    • Rickettsia and Related Organisms
    • Miscellaneous
  • Fungal Infections
    • AntiFungals
    • Systemic Infections
  • Parasitology
    • Medications
    • Proist Protozoans
    • Flagellate Protozoans
    • Cestodes Helminths
    • Trematode Helminths
    • Nematode Helminths
    • Roundworms
    • Anthropods
  • Virology
    • Antiviral Antibiotics
    • Viral Infections

Chapter 10: Neurology

    • Vascular Disease
    • Headache
    • Seizure Disorders
    • Sleep Disorders
    • Movement Disorders
    • Muscle Weakness
    • Degenerative CNS
    • Neuropathies
    • Myopathies
    • Tumors
    • Miscellaneous

Chapter 11: Obsetrics/Gynecology

  • Breast Diseases
  • Vaginal/Uterine/Tube Disorders
  • Ovarian Disorders
  • Pregnancy-Related Conditions
  • Miscellaneous

Chapter 12: Opthamology

  • Diseases
  • Miscellaneous

Chapter 13: Pediatrics

  • Newborn Disorders
  • Congenital Syndromes
  • Orthopedic Syndromes
  • Infectious/Acquired Disorders
  • Miscellaneous

Chapter 14: Prevention and Health Maintenance

  • Screening and Prevention
  • General Issues
  • Adult Preventive Maneuvers
  • Preventive Maneuvers for Children

Chapter 15: Psychiatry

  • Medications
  • Psychiatric Diseases

Chapter 16: Pulmonary Diseases

  • Infections
  • Asthma and Interstitial Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Tumors
  • Miscellaneous

Chapter 17: Renal/Urology

  • Fluid/Electrolytes/Acid-Base
  • Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS)
  • Hyperalimentations/Total Parental Nutrition
  • Osmolarity
  • Anion Gap Changes
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Acidosis
  • Alkalosis
  • Acquired Renal Diseases
  • Inherited Renal Diseases
  • Infections
  • Tumors/Cancers
  • Miscellaneous

Chapter 18: Rheumatology/Orthopedics

  • Nonsteroidal Antiflammatory Drugs
  • Narcotics
  • Analgesic Enhancers
  • Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs
  • Collagen/Vascular Diseases
  • Crystal Diseases
  • Inherited and Other Rheumatologic Diseases
  • Entrapment Syndromes
  • Body Tumors
  • Miscellaneous

Daniel K. Onion, MD, MPH, FACP-Dartmouth Medical School/Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency Program

After graduating from Harvard Medical School and training in Primary Care Medicine and Public Health before Family Practice existed, Dr. Daniel K. Onion practiced for 10 years in rural Maine, then joined the Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency. After directing that residency for 17 years, Dr. Onion continues to practice and teach students and residents how to be "real docs." 
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  • "Concise and accurate, The Little Black Book of Primary Care cuts right to the chase and gives the provider the information to diagnose and treat the thousands of conditions the busy practitioner can encounter.   It’s easy to use format includes not only diagnostic and treatment pearls but each subject is referenced for more detailed study.   This is the book I turned to on a daily basis for practicing in rural Alaska."


    -- Greg Mete, PA-C, MPAS
    Kodiak Alaska

    "An invaluable resource for the medical student or intern who needs a concise and logical breakdown of medical conditions, and comprehensive enough to expand one's understanding and trigger recall of pertinent relative information."

    --Tom Leeson, B.S.
    Fourth year medical student
    Maine General Medical Center
    University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine


    “Complete, but to the point.  Quick, referenced, evidenced based information. An invaluable assistant for all primary care physicians.”


    --John Hatzenbuehler, PGY-2

    Maine   Medical Center

    Family Medicine Residency Program

    "There is nothing ‘little’ about Dr. Onion’s book.  For primary care internal medicine, it is complete, from its lists of differential diagnoses to its most recent references to the literature.  I use it to round out consults, to find references for housestaff, and to fill in my own gaps in medical knowledge.  If your favorite textbook of internal medicine is champagne, then Dr. Onion’s book is its cognac: a very fine distillation of our discipline."

    --Michael A. LaCombe, MD, FACC, MACP
                                            Director Emeritus, American Board of Internal Medicine
                                            Regent Emeritus, American College of Physicians

    "I am a traveling family practice doctor, currently working in Antarctica for the summer season. Our medical library here is very limited and our internet connection unreliable. Fortunately, I have Dr. Onion's  The Little Black Book of Primary Care. This comprehensive yet concise and reliable resource has proven very valuable and has helped me in both in-patient and out-patient situations."

    --Kimberly Merris, MD, MPH, Family Practitioner



    “This organized little black book contains a wealth of information important in day-to-day care of patients in the primary care setting. The information, nicely distilled by medical specialty, is easy to follow and find.”


    -- Sally Ling, M.D.;FACP(University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine)

    Doody's Review Service

    March, 2007