2nd Edition

Instant Wisdom for GPs Pearls from All the Specialities

Edited By Keith Hopcroft Copyright 2024
    273 Pages
    by CRC Press

    273 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Every consultant has pearls of wisdom they wish they could share with GPs: knowledge they have acquired from years of experience and evidence-based study, which could lead to improved speed and decision in referral, more efficient use of resources and, overall, better patient care. Instant Wisdom for GPs gathers these pearls together, presenting ten bullet-point gems from a comprehensive range of clinical specialties, together with advice on obscure or overlooked diagnoses, guidance on how to distinguish tricky differentials and tips on prescribing.

    The content has been thoroughly revised and updated for this second edition. New chapters have been added on alcohol use disorders, behavioural problems in children, clinical biochemistry, emergency presentations, genetics and genomics, obesity and bariatric medicine, and women’s health, all from contributors expert in these fields.

    Key Features:

    • Each specialty chapter offers ten pearls of wisdom, with detailed explanation from a leading consultant

    • 'Obscure or overlooked diagnoses’ flag conditions which the GP might not have heard about or might overlook or confuse with others

    • ‘Easily confused’ sections highlight at-a-glance diagnoses which can be challenging to distinguish from each other, presented in an easy-to-read table
    • ‘Prescribing points’ in each chapter highlight relevant issues around prescribing, including tips, warnings and clarifications
    • Fully revised and updated with six new chapters

    Edited by Keith Hopcroft, author of the critically acclaimed Symptom Sorter, this practical and accessible guide distils years of knowledge, experience, and key evidence into 32 concise and easy-to-navigate chapters and is essential reading for trainee and practicing GPs.





    Alcohol use disorders

    Julia Sinclair


    Tak Chin, Elizabeth Griffiths and S. Hasan Arshad


    Jerome Ment

    Care of the elderly

    James Woodard

    Childhood behavioural problems

    Wei Meng Chin

    Clinical biochemistry

    Helen Ashby


    David Rutkowski, Zak Shakanti, Minal Singh and Matthew Harries


    Tahseen A. Chowdhury

    Emergencies in general practice

    Keith Hopcroft


    Andrew Bath, John Phillips, Peter Tassone and Stephanie Cooper

    Functional symptoms

    Richard Davenport


    Stephen J. Middleton and Lisa M. Sharkey

    General practice

    Keith Hopcroft

    General surgery

    N.F.W. Redwood

    Genetics and genomics

    Jude Hayward and Imran Rafi


    Elizabeth Ball and Adam Rosenthal


    Andy Hughes


    Richard Davenport

    Obesity and bariatric medicine

    Helen Ashby


    Karol Sikora


    Omar Rafiq


    Phil Clelland and John Leach


    Peter Heinz

    Palliative care

    Dylan Harris


    David S. Baldwin

    Renal medicine

    Aroon Lal and Tom Hughes

    Respiratory medicine

    Jay Suntharalingam


    Dalia Ludwig, Charlotte Wing and Jessica J. Manson

    Sexual health

    Michael Rayment

    Thyroid disorders

    Mark P.J. Vanderpump


    Ian Eardley

    Women’s health

    Toni Hazell



    Keith Hopcroft is a GP in Basildon, Essex, UK, an editorial adviser to Pulse, and a medical writer and columnist.