The Handbook of Family Medicine


Editor: B Mash
Publisher: OUP SA
Publication date: September 2011
Format: Paperback
Extent: 456 pages
ISBN: 9780195998177

The Handbook of Family Medicine third edition is an essential guide for general practitioners working in a southern African context. It focuses on the circumstances affecting family medicine within developing countries, the various skills needed on a day-to-day basis, and the best approach to patient care from a holistic perspective. It is the only African text of this nature that deals with the unique difficulties that family medicine doctors have to manage, particularly in under-resourced areas. The real-life case studies provide insight into what medical students will encounter in practice.

Contributors are from a number of medical schools and it is this collaboration and contribution of all family medicine specialists which provides a broad area of expertise. The recognition of family medicine as a specialty by the Health Professions Council has had major implications for the training of family physicians, explored in this third edition of the Handbook. It is endorsed by the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FaMEC) and the South African Academy of Family Physicians.

The Handbook is aimed at undergraduate medical students and registrars doing postgraduate training in family medicine and will also be useful to community service doctors, medical officers, nurses and allied health care workers.

The Handbook is also sold separately as an electronic publication for quick reference.
Available from Takealot at
ISBN: 978 0 19 904593 8

New in the third edition:

- A chapter on organisational and management principles.
- An approach to assessing common symptoms.
- A chapter on integrative medicine addressing the relationship between allopathic and alternative or traditional medicine.
- Updates on legislation and health statistics.

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