Description: This internal medicine guide is a framework and general overview to in-depth study in specific areas.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to help medical students succeed in the anxiety-provoking and often bewildering experience of medical clerkship.
Audience: This basic medical text is aimed at medical students on their first medical rotation. There is good coverage of basic medical problems likely to be encountered in inpatient and outpatient settings.
Features: There are many other books in this category, but many of them are either exhaustive reference works or overly brief pocketbooks. With this text the editors bridge the gap with a larger format that allows more detailed coverage of some of the most common problems. Good use is made of tables, lists, diagrams, and boxed text highlighting key points. Generally sound if somewhat simplified approaches are outlined for various presenting complaints in addition to a more traditional organization of conditions according to medical specialty. The sample cases and mock exam questions are tools for maintaining interest and and help the reader focus on key issues. There are some oversimplifications in the text and some of the lists are incomplete, but the editors never claim that this is an all-inclusive reference work. In addition, the index is much too brief.
Assessment: This book should help medical students overcome the traditional difficulties in differentiating the serious from the trivial and in generating initial diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. Overall, it is a useful addition to the library of any medical student interested in advance reading for a medicine rotation or as an initial overview for patient problems encountered during the rotation.