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From The CriticsReviewer:Patricia Wong, MD(Stanford University Medical Center)
Description:The contributors to this little pocket reference book are to be saluted for taking on what seems like an impossible task and doing a very good job. The major medical illnesses are organized by organ system and are accurately and succinctly summarized. The most pertinent facts are organized in the same order for all diseases: definition, risk factors, epidemiology, clinical presentation, symptoms, pathology, laboratory findings, treatment, complications, and prognosis. This is a first book in what is planned to be a series.
Purpose:The book is written by medical students and house officers and this is strongly reflected in the way the material is organized. One can refresh the memory quickly on important facts at 3 a.m. and make the necessary decisions to care for the patient without trying to read more formidable texts on the subject that one would not retain or absorb when sleep and food deprived anyway.
Audience:The audience is medical students and medical house officers.
Features:I liked how the authors boiled down the essential facts to the bare bones on physical exam, work-up, and clinical presentation. Each segment is represented by only a few sentences. Not an easy task with so much information to not include.
Assessment:This is a very handy pocket reference and is being offered at a bargain price of $30. I think it is a good study guide in presenting the important basics one must know in internal medicine.