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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This U.K. book uses a bulleted format to present the essentials of internal medicine. The previous version was published in 2003.
Purpose: The preface outlines the authors' goal to provide a book encompassing core medical conditions in an easily accessible format. This the authors have done well. They focus on presenting symptoms rather than discussing a confirmed diagnosis, which makes this book particularly useful.
Audience: The audience is primarily those in medical training, but I found the book useful as a quick reference of essential facts.
Features: Using a traditional organization, the book is divided by organ systems followed by specific diagnoses. For each diagnosis, bulleted statements cover definition, etiology, typical historical presentations, findings on physical examination, how the diagnosis is made, first-line management, and, finally, common complications. With this format, the authors do assume a certain level of medical knowledge and there are no references.
Assessment: As the title implies, this is a useful reference as a memory jogger. It lays out the basics that every person in medical training must keep in mind. I highly recommend this as a desk reference for primary care clinicians.