Description: This lightweight, pocket-sized book covers a wide array of information that clinicians may want to reference on the go. This edition has been updated in response to user feedback with more full-color images, a chapter on the history and examination, and new information on radiology, infections, and surgical procedures.
Purpose: It is intended as a definitive pocket guide to clinical medicine.
Audience: This book is written primarily for medical students or medical and surgical residents. It is written at an appropriate level for any healthcare provider who would like quick access to this information.
Features: It begins with an introduction to clinical thinking in medicine and a section on the history and examination. It then covers each of the major organ systems (e.g. cardiovascular, chest, endocrinology, gastroenterology, etc.). Each chapter has an appropriate review of physiology and pathophysiology when relevant, and discusses common diseases along with diagnosis, workup, and treatment. Numerous concise tables and beautiful color images accompany the text. The only shortcoming of this book is the incredibly small font.
Assessment: This truly is a comprehensive, pocket-sized book. It covers basic topics such as physiology, pathophysiology, and physical examination skills, as well as complex topics such as diagnosis, workup, and treatment of diseases of various organ systems. In addition to medical topics, it covers common surgical topics, radiology, and practical procedures, and is updated with new sections. It has beautiful full-color images as well as concise tables. Color-coded tabs make it easy to find relevant information quickly. The only downside is the extremely small font.