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From The CriticsReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This pocket reference for housestaff and attending physicians who treat hospitalized patients contains relevant facts that should be kept in mind, a quick reference for staging classifications of tumors, and many other very useful pieces of information to save physicians time. This update is in keeping with the goal of staying as current as possible.
Purpose: The goal is to provide concise information that clinicians need, and the authors have done an extremely good job. The book has a tremendous amount of current information at a time when that information changes significantly and frequently. The authors have selected the most pertinent information to include.
Audience: This is clearly a book for those who have the opportunity to see a wide variety of patients in their daily practice. The authors include residents, fellows, and attendings, and the book demonstrates the tremendous teaching abilities of young physicians who are still in their training, to help train others (including their teachers). The editor can take tremendous pride in selecting his authors and bringing the book to fruition.
Features: As a concise reference of current medical knowledge, the book has an excellent section on cardiology, including many eponyms, giving multiple classifications such as the older Goldman classification for preoperative evaluation and the current ACC guidelines; an exceptionally easy to understand section on ventilator management; and sections on acid-base and diabetes. There is a very helpful formula and ICU medication section. The unique 6-ring loose-leaf format can accommodate additional pages as needed in a plastic cover that is tremendously practical.
Assessment: This is an extraordinary addition to the many resident books available on the market. This is clearly at the top of the list as practical, useful, easy to use, and complete. Keeping books like these current is a major problem, but this one does well keeping the pace.