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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sally Ling, M.D.;FACP(University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine)
Description: This sixth edition of the well known pocket sized, comprehensive handbook of clinical medicine contains a wealth of information that has been updated in several ways since the previous edition in 2001. In addition to the inclusion of new diseases such as SARS, new sections such as clinical skills have been added.
Purpose: This book is intended to be a handy, daily companion for the medical student and house officer. It capitulates a large volume of information important to the internist in training at one time or another, as he/she learns about, and understands the clinical conditions and their management.
Audience: The authors have ascertained the greatest value and reliability of their sections by using Specialist Readers and consultants. They have also responded to innumerable suggestions provided by users/readers of past editions.
Features: The book comprehensively covers the breadth of internal medicine by subspecialty. New additions include a section on clinical skills, references to Web page links, and improvements in format and detail that enhance the book's relevance for daily use.
Assessment: This book holds an immense body of knowledge that will help any student or practitioner in his/her daily work. The format is conducive to quick review of selective topics.