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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: Revised annually since 1949, this book details the practical treatment of commonly encountered diagnoses.
Purpose: Each year, the editors invite leading experts to review and update each chapter in light of the recently published literature. Thereby, they strive to present a book for practicing clinicians who can use it to quickly find new advances in chapters that present the new material atop the well known.
Audience: This book is primarily for practicing primary care clinicians, but it also has great worth for specialists who have questions outside their areas of expertise. The contributors are clearly the leading experts in their fields.
Features: The chapters are organized into organ systems with specific disease entities under each. Each chapter focuses on current diagnostics and current therapeutics highlighted in boxes, with text explaining key concepts of the etiologies and physiology. There are current references on which changes to the chapter are based. A nice touch is the list of ICD-9-CM codes for fast reference. The book is available in print, online, and for PDA download based upon the Mobipocket software. The online version was very easy to access, but the PDA version did not download very well and I was never able to download a complete file onto the PDA. The PDA version includes the preface, contributors, and appendixes. The preface and list of contributors is a waste of PDA memory and the appendixes have useful information, but not for daily use. As a result, the PDA version overall is not worth the work to download or the memory it uses up. The index is exceptionally complete and makes it easy to find items of interest.
Assessment: This is a valuable book, but compared to the other available major comprehensive medicine books, nothing makes it stand out from the rest.