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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bruce E. Johnson, MD (University of Kansas School of Medicine)
Description: This book presents a compilation of many major diseases in internal medicine. It is written in a succinct manner designed to be useful for residents and students.
Purpose: Part of "The Portable Series," this is a volume with brief entries for the busy resident or student. It has a similar goal to several other books on the market. The author accomplished the goal of succinct presentations of major topics.
Audience: The book is written to the level of the internal medicine resident and student, as outlined by the author. All chapters are written by academicians, both generalists and specialists, from several institutions in the U.S.
Features: An adequate number of figures and tables elaborate on the test. References are current but scanty; in the preface, the author refers readers to standard textbooks. The book is rather too big and heavy to be as "truly portable" as the desire expressed in the preface.
Assessment: The book is nicely written for its admittedly circumscribed goals. It is awkward to have the topics arranged alphabetically. But chapters are briskly and efficiently written, information current (if occasionally superficial), and conclusions well supported. Although the size prohibits finding the book in jacket pockets, it is a useful quick reference for its intended audience.