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Fast Facts: Acne, 2nd edn

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While the diagnosis of acne is rarely a problem, the many treatment options available can pose a challenge to the prescribing clinician, particularly given current concerns about overprescribing of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. This fully updated edition of Fast Facts: Acne provides:

  • frequently asked questions and how to answer them
  • guidance on assessing acne severity
  • a comprehensive overview of all treatment options, including modes of action and adverse effects
  • advice on treatment selection and antibiotic use
  • referral guidelines.

This practical resource cuts to the chase, providing the essentials for successful management of acne and responsible prescribing. Early effective treatment will reduce the risk of scarring, and for this reason alone Fast Facts: Acne is a must read for all family physicians, prescribing nurses, pharmacists and dermatology trainees.


  • Epidemiology
  • Pathophysiology, etiology and modifying factors
  • Diagnosis
  • Psychosocial aspects
  • Topical therapy
  • Oral therapy
  • Physical treatments for acne and scarring
  • Acne care pathway
  • Future trends and areas of need
  • Useful resources

What the reviewers say:

“This easy-to-navigate gem is packed full of up-to-date information on how to individualize management for your acne patient … the summaries at the end of each chapter make for great speed reading!”
Dr Jo-Ann See, College Fellow, Australasian College of Dermatologists

“It’s a great go-to resource which presents each section in an easy-to-read format, perfect for referring back to. … The British Skin Foundation is especially glad to see a section on 'Future trends and areas of need' which details the future research needed in antibiotic resistance.”
The British Skin Foundation

“An easy-to-read resource, particularly useful for the general practitioner, explaining management and outlining when referral to a dermatologist should be undertaken."
Dr Amanda Oakley, Website Manager and Chief Editor, DermNet NZ

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Fast Facts: Hypertension, 5th edn

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Hypertension is a highly treatable risk factor for cardiovascular disease, yet it remains underdiagnosed, undertreated and, in many cases, poorly controlled. Sometimes dubbed 'the silent killer', hypertension rarely produces symptoms until it manifests as a heart attack or stroke. Early identification of the condition by routine blood pressure measurement and appropriate ongoing management are therefore vital.

In this updated fifth edition of Fast Facts: Hypertension, two authors of international renown provide a practical evidence-based approach to the diagnosis and management of the condition. The book provides a thorough overview of hypertension, covering:

  • Accurate measurement of blood pressure and problems such as 'white-coat' hypertension
  • Routine assessments for people with high blood pressure
  • Consideration of other modifiable risk factors - smoking, high cholesterol levels, etc.
  • Non-pharmacological measures that doctors can advise on - reduce salt, lose weight, increase physical activity, etc.
  • Up-to-date trial results on all the pharmacological options
  • Special considerations for the treatment of children, pregnant women, the elderly and patients with diabetes.

Primary care physicians have a leading role to play in screening for hypertension and ensuring that patients receive the most appropriate treatment. Fast Facts: Hypertension provides a concise readable refresher on this common and potentially devastating condition.


  • The dangers of raised blood pressure
  • Causes
  • Investigation
  • When to treat
  • How to treat
  • Special patient groups
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Useful resources

What the reviewers say:

"An important and significant contribution to, and resource for, the field. The information presented is spot on and highly accurate. Hypertension remains a global crisis and having a high-quality factual guide such as this establishes a platform for implementing simple yet impactful evidence-based guidelines in primary care."
The World Hypertension League

"a useful tool for nursing staff in the primary care setting. The format is clear, concise and to the point, and the tables and illustrations are very relevant to the management of Hypertension. I would recommend this book to nurses working in the primary care/general practice setting as a good reference guide for the care of patients with hypertension."
Debbie Limb, University Teacher

"a helpful and accessible book on a very important public health issue. The emphasis on non-pharmacological interventions as well as medical treatment is to be welcomed."
Dr Andrew Furber, President, Association of Directors of Public Health, UK

"This book clearly emphasizes the recent developments and is an important tool for both high-level clinicians and those working in grassroot-level facilities."
Dr Mengistu Asnake, President, World Federation of Public Health Associations

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