Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mark E. Hroncich, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This is the annually revised update of a short medical textbook. The book covers the diagnosis and treatment of common internal medicine problems.
Purpose: This purpose is to provide a reference for the diagnosis and treatment of internal medicine problems, with enough pathophysiological information to facilitate understanding. There are many books in this class trying to strike a compromise between a full text and a handbook. This book meets its objectives for common problems, but it is not complete enough to serve as a sole reference.
Audience: The intended audience is medical students through attendings in many specialties. The book is also intended for nurses and other allied health professionals. The book falls short of addressing such a wide variety of readers. I would recommend this book for medical students on internal medicine rotations and first- and second-year internal medicine residents. It might also be useful for surgeons, dentists, and nurses to review updates on certain topics.
Features: The book is supplemented with an adequate number of readable tables. The real strength of this book is its up-to-date references. Almost all are from 1990 or later. They ensure the information is up-to-date. The presentation of dosage information for therapeutic agents is extremely useful and usually missing in similar books.
Assessment: This is a well-written book, with subjects developed logically and succinctly. The chapters are backed up with pertinent references, rarely more than 3 years old. The therapeutic information is up-to-date as well. Many subjects in the book such as HIV and lipid disease change rapidly from year to year, and an annual update such as this is valuable. I would recommend the book for medical students and early house officers on medicine rotations.