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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: Drs. Andreoli and Carpenter have once again given us a new edition of one of the classic textbooks in medicine. Unfortunately, between the 2007 edition and this one, Dr Andreoli died, and we can only be tremendously thankful for his extraordinary commitment to medical education and endless dedication to this publication. This eighth edition carries on the outstanding tradition of excellence.
Purpose: This is a comprehensive yet concise authority in current medical knowledge. The editors have brought together the best of the world-renowned experts in their areas to organize an overview of the accepted facts of physiology, diagnosis, and treatment. Each of the classic textbooks of medicine has a particular philosophy and this one is known for its practical, quick, comprehensive nature. This edition continues to meet that extraordinary goal.
Audience: It is a book for all levels of medical personnel, from students attempting to get their arms around the extensive knowledge bank to seasoned practitioners who wish to update their understanding or review a topic during office hours. In keeping with the underlying philosophy of comprehensiveness and practicality, the editors and authors have used their extensive experience to produce a truly noteworthy book.
Features: It is organized in the usual organ-system manner, but what really sets the tone are the exquisite figures, tables, and illustrations that help readers better understand and remember important points. These are also available on the associated web site, making additional figures, graphics and tables immediately accessible on the office computer. I cannot overstate the quality of the figures and graphics — they are extremely intuitive and helpful. The index is most comprehensive and easy to use.
Assessment: This is a most enjoyable way to study or review the large body of medical knowledge. The book is easy to use, and the graphics are superb and intuitive. It remains a major pillar of every medical library.