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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Donald R. Frey, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: The new edition of this comprehensive, increasingly popular textbook of medicine continues its tradition of offering user-friendly features as an enhancement to accessing the work's large volume of information.
Purpose: The text seeks to provide all of the detail and information of a full fledged text in a format that allows for more ready access to clinically relevant information than is available in most standard texts. With each new edition, this effort continues to bear greater fruit.
Audience: The text is written for physicians at all levels of training who provide care to adult patients. The authors include a large selection of distinguished academicians representing a broad cross section of American medical schools.
Features: The book contains over 3,000 pages of well-organized, detailed information regarding the science of internal medicine. Each chapter is straightforward in its discussion of disease pathogenesis, clinical findings, diagnosis, and management. The illustrations and tables are especially well done and add significantly to the text's usefulness. In addition, the book opens with a 100-page summary (titled "Rapid Access Guide to Internal Medicine") that effectively summarizes the text's fuller version. An index of the book's numerous "clinical decision guides" is also included and is especially helpful.
Assessment: This book continues to excel as the best example of a work that combines the completeness of a comprehensive textbook with features that allow for more ready access to clinical information. It is clearly becoming one of the most important standard textbooks of internal medicine available today.