The author would like to thank the Publication Division of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners for supporting his past role as Medical Editor of Australian Family Physician, which provided an excellent opportunity to gather material for this book. Acknowledgment is also due to those medical organisations that have given permission to use selected information from their publications. They include the Preventive and Community Medicine committee of the RACGP (Guidelines for Preventive Activities in General Practice), Therapeutic Guidelines Limited (Therapeutic Guidelines series), the Hypertension Guideline Committee: Research Unit RACGP (South Australian Faculty) and the Medical Observer, publishers of A Manual for Primary Health Care, for permitting reproduction of Appendices I–IV.
Special thanks to the late Chris Sorrell for his art illustration, and to Nicki Cooper, Jenny Green and Caroline Menara for their skill and patience in typing the manuscript.
Many of the quotations at the beginning of chapters appear in either Robert Wilkins (ed), The Doctor's Quotation Book, Robert Hale Ltd, London, 1991, or Maurice B. Strauss (ed), Familiar Medical Quotations, Little, Brown & Co., New York, 1958.
Thanks also to Dr Bruce Mugford, Dr Lucie Stanford, Dr Mohammad Shafeeq Lone, Dr Brian Bedkobar, Dr Joseph Turner and Lesley Rowe for reviewing the manuscript, and to the publishing and production team at McGraw-Hill Education (Australia) for their patience and assistance in so many ways.
Finally, thanks to Dr Ndidi Victor Ikealumba for his expert review of General Practice sixth edition and his subsequent contribution.
Photographs appearing on the pages below are from The Colour Atlas of Family Medicine 2nd edn by RP Usatine, MA Smith, EJ Mayeaux Jr and H Chumley, McGraw-Hill Education US 2013, with the kind permission of the following people:
Dr Richard P Usatine: Fig 16.3, p 144; Fig 35.5, p 364; Fig 72.2, p 830; Fig 72.7, p 835; Figs 91.7 and 91.8, p 1011; Fig 91.9, p 1012; Fig 101.3, p 1112; Fig 106.5, p 1160; Fig 107.1, p 1164; Fig 119.5, p 1279; Fig 123.12, p 1324; Fig 126.20, p 1369; Fig 128.5 and 128.6, p 1391.
Dr William Clark: Fig 50.3, p 565; Fig 50.6, p 566; Fig 50.7, p 567; Fig 59.1, p 665.
Frontline Medical Communications: Fig 95.4, p 1059; Fig 125.6, p 1356.
Paul D. Comeau: Fig 51.6, p 582.
Dr Nicolette Deveneau: Fig 100.2, p 1109.
Dr James L Fishback: Fig 138.3, p 1508.
Javier La Fontaine DPM: Fig 125.5, p 1355.
Reproduced from Gleason, in Tannenbaum: Fig 116.4, p 1245.
Dr Michelle Rowe: Fig 21.5, p 210.
Dr C. Blake Simpson: Fig 57.1, p 643.
Dr Marc Solioz: Fig 16.1, p 142.
Dr Eric Kraus: Fig 122.5, p 1305.