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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is a superb second edition of an outstanding comprehensive reference on internal medicine that is well organized by organ system, then by specific topics. Not every known esoteric fact about an organ system is detailed, but there is great depth to the topics that are covered. This edition includes a print and an online version, which is extremely easy to access and use.
Purpose: The purpose is well stated by the editor, in quoting the founding fathers of the Cleveland Clinic, "More than words, the Cleveland Clinic culture provides an environment of mutual support for development of best clinical practices and for education of those within and without its walls." This book embodies the educational goals and does credit to those founding fathers.
Audience: It is complete with everything students, residents, attendings, and faculty members need to practice and to teach. Each section is edited by a leading member of the Cleveland Clinic.
Features: Each chapter covers the definition, prevalence, pathogenesis, signs and symptoms, treatment, and outcomes of its topic, along with references and additional suggested readings. The color illustrations and tables are well constructed and, for the most part, intuitive. The color pathology slides are well done and the radiologic images are well chosen and well annotated.
Assessment: This is a valuable addition to an internist's or faculty member's library. I have found it exceptionally useful for easily finding the appropriate graphics for teaching purposes. I cannot overemphasize the quality of the online version.