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John Murtagh’s General Practice 5th Edition


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John Murtagh’s General Practice is widely recognized as the most influential publication for general practice and primary health care. Now in its fifth edition, this gold standard reference comprehensively covers the entire spectrum of general practice.

Key Features

• Three new chapters covering ‘Infections of the central nervous system,’ ‘refugee health’ and Colloquial expressions in medicine’

• Expanded coverage with two chapters on ‘Travel Medicine’ and ‘Tropical medicine and the returned traveller’

• Expanded coverage with two chapters on “The menopause” and “Osteoporosis”

• An increased focus on evidenced-based medicine

• Updated and peer reviewed to reflect the latest medical developments

• Insightful coverage of conditions that clinicians see, and often struggle with, in daily practice

• With over 80 new photographs and illustrations, there are now more than 800 full-colour visual references

John Murtagh the Educator

“You only need to look at how he writes his books to see that he is a great educator and a wonderful general practitioner who teaches in a very practical, intelligent and focused way,” Michael Kidd, in Australian Doctor 2005 (as President of the RACGP)

“Murtagh’s textbooks and his teaching are equally legendary. General Practice, Patient Education and Practice Tips have sold more than 50,000 copies excluding nine language translations and several English reprints in India.”

John Murtagh was in the top 10 of Australian Doctor’s 50 most influential

people in general practice 2005.


Part 1 The basis of general practice 1 The nature and content of general practice 2 The family 3 Consulting skills 4 Communication skills 5 Counselling skills 6 Difficult, demanding and angry patients 7 Health promotion and patient education 8 The elderly patient 9 Prevention in general practice 10 Nutrition in health and illness 11 Palliative care 12 Pain and its management 13 Research and evidence-based medicine 14 Travel medicine 15 Tropical medicine and the returned traveller 16 Laboratory investigations 17 Inspection as a clinical skill 18 A safe diagnostic strategy 19 Genetic conditions

Part 2 Diagnostic perspective in general practice 20 Depression 21 Diabetes mellitus: diagnosis 22 Drug problems 23 Anaemia 24 Thyroid and other endocrine disorders 25 Spinal dysfunction 26 Urinary tract infection 27 Malignant disease 28 HIV/AIDS?could it be HIV? 29 Baffling viral and protozoal infections 30 Baffling bacterial infections 31 Infections of the central nervous system 32 Chronic kidney failure 33 Connective tissue disease and the vasculitides 34 Neurological dilemmas

Part 3 Problem solving in general practice 35 Abdominal pain 36 Arthritis 37 Anorectal disorders 38 Thoracic back pain 39 Low back pain 40 Bruising and bleeding 41 Chest pain 42 Constipation 43 Cough 44 Deafness and hearing loss 45 Diarrhoea 46 The disturbed patient 47 Dizziness/vertigo 48 Dyspepsia (indigestion) 49 Dysphagia 50 Dyspnoea 51 The painful ear 52 The red and tender eye 53 Pain in the face 54 Fever and chills 55 Faints, fits and funny turns 56 Haematemesis and melaena 57 Headache 58 Hoarseness 59 Jaundice 60 Nasal disorders 61 Nausea and vomiting 62 Neck lumps 63 Neck pain 64 Shoulder pain 65 Pain in the arm and hand 66 Hip, buttock and groin pain 67 Pain in the leg 68 The painful knee 69 Pain in the foot and ankle 70 Walking difficulty and leg swelling 71 Palpitations 72 Sleep disorders 73 Sore mouth and tongue 74 Sore throat 75 Tiredness/fatigue 76 The unconscious patient 77 Urinary disorders 78 Visual failure 79 Weight gain 80 Weight loss

Part 4 Child and adolescent health

81 An approach to the child 82 Specific problems of children 83 Surgical problems in children 84 Common childhood infectious diseases (including skin eruptions) 85 Behaviour disorders in children 86 Child abuse 87 Emergencies in children 88 Adolescent health

Part 5 Women’s health 89 Cervical cancer and Pap smears 90 Family planning 91 Breast pain (mastalgia) 92 Lumps in the breast 93 Abnormal uterine bleeding 94 Lower abdominal and pelvic pain in women 95 Premenstrual syndrome 96 The menopause 97 Osteoporosis 98 Vaginal discharge 99 Vulvar disorders 100 Domestic violence and sexual assault 101 Basic antenatal care 102 Infections in pregnancy 103 High-risk pregnancy 104 Postnatal care

Part 6 Men’s health 105 Men?s health: an overview 106 Scrotal pain 107 Inguinoscrotal lumps 108 Disorders of the penis 109 Disorders of the prostate Part 7 Sexually related problems 110 The subfertile couple 111 Sexual health 112 Sexually transmitted infections

Part 8 Problems of the skin 113 A diagnostic and management approach to skin problems 114 Pruritus 115 Common skin problems 116 Acute skin eruptions 117 Skin ulcers 118 Common lumps and bumps 119 Pigmented skin lesions 120 Hair disorders 121 Nail disorders

Part 9 Chronic disorders: continuing management

122 Alcohol problems 123 Allergic disorders including hay fever 124 Anxiety disorders 125 Asthma 126 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 127 Epilepsy 128 Hypertension 129 Dyslipidaemia 130 Diabetes mellitus: management 131 Chronic heart failure

Part 10 Accident and emergency medicine 132 Emergency care 133 The doctor?s bag and other emergency equipment 134 Stroke and transient ischaemic attacks 135 Thrombosis and thromboembolism 136 Common skin wounds and foreign bodies 137 Common fractures and dislocations 138 Common sporting injuries

Part 11 Health of specific groups 139 The health of Indigenous peoples 140 Refugee health 141 Catchy metaphors, similes and colloquial expressions in medicine

Appendix Index


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Weight 2.70 kg
Dimensions 28 x 22 x 5 cm



John Murtagh & Jill Rosenblatt

Published date

Dec 2010






McGraw Hill


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