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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jaya Virmani, MD (Tsung & Virmani Medical Group, Inc.)
Description: This handbook is a good guide for internal medicine residents who deal with basic, common inpatient medical diseases and problems. It helps the medical resident properly evaluate patients, develop differential diagnoses, and effectively treat patients.
Purpose: The purpose is to present information in a user-friendly format that will perpetuate interest in teaching and learning. This book is helpful to medical residents in training and meets the author's objectives.
Audience: This book is written for students and residents. The authors are credible as this book has been reviewed by faculty.
Features: Each chapter of this disease-based book is designed to address diagnoses commonly encountered at Johns Hopkins Hospital. It covers a wide range of common diseases in the categories of cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, infectious disease, nephrology, neurology, critical care, and rheumatology. It also presents some information on HIV, nutrition, and toxicology. The strongest areas of this book are diseases of cardiology and gastroenterology. The book has excellent flow sheets and tables which summarize important topics and I particularly enjoyed reading the pitfalls and pearls at the end of each chapter which help with clinical management of the patient. The rapid reference section in the back of the book is needed for any housestaff to help them recall equations, tables, and important differential diagnoses. The color photos are useful for some of the less common diseases. In some places, the content is too brief so that it leaves the reader wanting more detail. However, for medical residents, this is probably appropriate since more information might be overwhelming.
Assessment: This book is useful for medical residents who need a rapid reference in the hospital. I feel it is more thorough than other housestaff manuals, such as The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics, 30th edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001).