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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sally Ling, M.D.;FACP(University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine)
Description: This popular medical book covers all standard subspecialty and general medicine areas with up-to-date and succinctly written chapters. The 8½ x 5 inch desk top book is loaded with useful information.
Purpose: This is intended to be a complete resource that is as up-to-date as a print publication can be. Updated information is available free of charge on the Merck Manual website. There will always be a place for a book of this nature. The authors met their objectives.
Audience: The book is for healthcare practitioners interested in reading up on selected topics, or in rapidly accessing information to use at the bedside or office.
Features: Chapters cover systems or disciplines including nutritional disorders, critical care medicine, and clinical pharmacology to name a few. The topics are addressed by pathophysiology, etiology, symptoms and signs, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.
Assessment: This book is a treasure that will be used again and again. The authors have presented the information very effectively. It is an enjoyable read.