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Two New Books from ACP: Screening for Disease, Genetics in Patient Care

1.) "Screening for Diseases," edited by Vincenza Snow, MD

Although access to the latest in screening technology and clinical studies allows primary care providers to better treat their patients, costs are rising and physicians are being inundated with information. Busy practicing clinicians need to know what screening tests are available, when they should be used, and how cost-effective they are.

"Screening for Diseases: Prevention in Primary Care," is edited by Vincenza Snow, MD, Senior Medical Associate in the Medical Knowledge and Education Division of the American College of Physicians. The book gives the latest update on screening for nine commonly encountered diseases and conditions (hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, cardiovascular events, depression, hormone replacement therapy, and breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer). It includes guidelines on which patients should be screened; discusses how often they should be screened for the best patient care; and addresses frequency of screening in terms of both highest-level patient care and maximum cost-effectiveness.

Taking into consideration the needs of family and general practitioners, internists, residents, and academic professionals, "Screening for Diseases" offers substantial background data on screening methods such as questionnaires, solid guidelines on approaches to screening, and key points in every chapter summarizing the latest research and guidelines for preventive screening and management of screening results.

350 pages, softcover; 2004
Non-ACP member price $40.00; members $36.00

Order From: ACP Customer Service, 800-523-1546, ext. 2600; or 215-351-2600. Ask for product number 330300320. Or visit here for more information. E-mail custserv@mail.acponline.org

(Note to Editor: For a review copy or to request an interview with the editor, contact Lynda Teer, ACP Communications Department, by reply E-mail or at 215-235-2655; or 800-523-1546, ext. 2655.)

2.) "Case Studies in Genes and Disease: A Primer for Clinicians," by Bryan Bergeron, MD

As more is learned about the genetic causes of disease, more can be accomplished in screening and treatment. A new book by the American College of Physicians, "Case Studies in Genes and Disease: A Primer for Clinicians," gives health care providers a solid, basic knowledge of genetics as it applies to daily patient care.

Written by Bryan Bergeron, MD, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, "Case Studies in Genes and Disease," is especially for medical practitioners who do not presume an expert's familiarity with the subject. From biological fundamentals, to clinical cases of commonly seen illnesses, to bioinformatics and biopolitics, this illustrated work clarifies how the human genome works and what advances in patient therapy can be expected.

272 pages, softcover; 2004
Non-ACP member price $33.00; ACP members $30.00

Order From: ACP Customer Service, 800-523-1546, ext. 2600; or 215-351-2600. Ask for product number 330300530. Or visit here for more information. E-mail custserv@mail.acponline.org

(Note to Editor: For a review copy or to request an interview with the author, contact Lynda Teer, ACP Communications Department, by reply E-mail or at 215-235-2655; or 800-523-1546, ext. 2655.)

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Membership includes more than 115,000 internists, related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults.

ACP was founded in 1915 to promote the science and practice of medicine. In 1998 it merged with the American Society of Internal Medicine, which was established in 1956 to study economic aspects of medicine. ACP works to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. Its publishing program includes the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, electronic products, and books for the medical community and general reader.

Contact:
Lynda Teer, 215-351-2655 or 800-523-1546, ext. 2655

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