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Overview

Since 1899, healthcare professionals around the world have put their trust in The Merck Manual more than in any other medical reference. Merck's century-long commitment to supplying medical information continues with The Centennial (17th) Edition of this perennial favorite, which keeps medical professionals up to date on the latest important medical advances and features more changes than any other edition in the past 20 years. In addition, the 17th Edition is:
  • Written by more than 300 medical experts in all fields of medicine from the United States, Canada, and around the world
  • Redesigned to enhance readability and make information easier to find
  • Extensively revised to reflect the ever-increasing and changing body of medical knowledge
  • Updated to include new topics, such as Smoking Cessation, Gulf-War Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome, Rehabilitation, and Drug Therapy in the Elderly
  • Also new: Tables and figures reformatted and redrawn; SI (System International) units added; in-depth discussions of symptoms, signs, and examination;

As always, The Merck Manual is published as a not-for-profit service to the medical community.

To honor the first 100 years of The Merck Manual, copies purchased during the 1999 centennial year will be specially packaged with a reproduction of the 1899 Edition.

Erratum for the Printed version of the 17th edition of The Merck Manual:

Please note that there is an error in the dose of aqueous penicillin G in the treatment discussion of pneumococcal infections on page 1155, column 2, line 17, of the printed version of the 17th edition of The Merck Manual. The text in the first paragraph under Treatment should say "Pneumococcal meningitis or endocarditis requires up to 20 to 40 million U/day ...." (not 20,000 to 40,000 U/day as printed). The pediatric dose is correct as printed. ---From the Merck website.

The most popular medical reference world-wide, with more than 300 experts in all fields of medicine contributing to its peer-reviewed content. Covers all areas of general medicine and specialties. This new 17th edition adds discussions of symptoms, signs, and examination, and is extensively updated and revised.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: peter m daher, md(Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This text serves as a reference guide to the practice of medicine and includes the most up-to-date wealth of clinical information in each specialty. The previous edition was printed in 1992.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the best clinical practice. The text clearly achieves the editors' goals.
Audience: This book is targeted mainly for the practitioner — family physician, internist, and emergency room physician. However, it can be used by all clinicians or anyone in the medical field who needs up-to-date information.
Features: All relevant diseases in all specialties are presented with a practical and up-to-date approach for clinical management and diagnosis. Each section starts with a diagnostic approach to the specialty field followed by a full content of that chapter. The appendix does cover search or trigger words/chief complaints/diagnoses, etc., which makes the book easy to use. Many more illustrations could have been used.
Assessment: The editors have outdone themselves in the quality, delivery, and completeness of the contents. The book is a very useful reference tool that covers about all the specialties in an easy to read format — a quality that is unique and not yet seen in any other book of similar format. The previous edition (1992) did not have many of the new, innovative medical therapies that have become the practice norm.
Peter M. Daher
This text serves as a reference guide to the practice of medicine and includes the most up-to-date wealth of clinical information in each specialty. The previous edition was printed in 1992. The purpose is to present the best clinical practice. The text clearly achieves the editors' goals. This book is targeted mainly for the practitioner -- family physician, internist, and emergency room physician. However, it can be used by all clinicians or anyone in the medical field who needs up-to-date information. All relevant diseases in all specialties are presented with a practical and up-to-date approach for clinical management and diagnosis. Each section starts with a diagnostic approach to the specialty field followed by a full content of that chapter. The appendix does cover search or trigger words/chief complaints/diagnoses, etc., which makes the book easy to use. Many more illustrations could have been used. The editors have outdone themselves in the quality, delivery, and completeness of the contents. The book is a very useful reference tool that covers about all the specialties in an easy to read format -- a quality that is unique and not yet seen in any other book of similar format. The previous edition (1992) did not have many of the new, innovative medical therapies that have become the practice norm.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780911910100
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/5/1999
  • Series: Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy Series
  • Edition description: 17th Edition (Centennial Edition)
  • Edition number: 17
  • Pages: 2833
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 3.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Berkow, M.D., Editor-in-Chief. Clinical Professor in the Dept of Mental Health Sciences and Dept of Medicine, Allegheny University and Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. Author and co-author of 40 publications, including:
  • Editor-in-Chief since 1974 of The Merck Manual
  • Editor-in-Chief of The Merck Manual of Medical Information — Home Edition
  • Co-Editor of The Merck Manual of Geriatrics

Mark Beers, M.D., Editor. Senior Director of Geriatrics at Merck & Co., Inc.; Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, MCP-Hanneman Medical School, Philadelphia, PA. Fellow in both the American College of Physicians and the Gerontological Society of America.

Dr. Beers has published over 40 articles and book chapters about medication use in the elderly and lectures widely on the topic.

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Table of Contents

Tab No. Section Page
Guide For Readers.....xii
Abbreviations And Symbols.....xiii
Editorial Board.....xv
Consultants.....xvii
Contributors.....xix
Nut 1 Nutritional Disorders.....1
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Interviews & Essays

An Interview with Mark H. Beers, M.D.

Barnes & Noble.com: Can you tell us a bit about your background?

Mark Beers: I am a physician trained in internal medicine and geriatrics. I went to medical school at the University of Vermont and was a house officer at Tufts New England Medical Center and the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. I completed a geriatrics fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining Merck seven years ago as the associate editor of the Merck Manuals, I was on the faculty at UCLA. My research has been in the field of medication use in the elderly.

B&N.com: In addition to editing The Merck Manual of Geriatrics you are also one of the primary editors of The Merck Manual, 17th Edition. What do you see as your chief motivator when working on these references?

MB: I have had a long-held interest in medical education. The original Merck Manual, now in its 17th edition, has a 100-year history of providing the finest-quality clinically useful information for doctors and other health professionals. Editing this book has been a joyful way of helping these professionals provide the best care to their patients.

The Merck Manual of Geriatrics is somewhat different, providing focused information about care of older adults. It is written for a broader audience, including not only health professionals but also all those involved in the care of older adults. While not expressly written for a lay audience, many laypeople have found it very useful.

The Merck Manual Home Edition is written for laypeople. In that book we have tried to translate the complex language of medical care into plain English, providing every person with the information he or she needs and wants to know about the practice of medicine.

B&N.com: What is the biggest challenge of editing a book like The Merck Manual of Geriatrics?

MB: Geriatric care is complex, in part because older people are complex and in part because providing care to older people requires the expertise of many kinds of professionals. In this edition we have tried to tie together those complexities and needs through a multidisciplinary approach. To the best of our knowledge, no medical textbook of geriatrics has attempted to do this before. It was a struggle, and we hope we have succeeded.

B&N.com: Can you describe some of the differences -- whether scope, content, or structure -- between the first edition and this new third edition?

MB: There are few similarities between the first and third editions of The Merck Manual of Geriatrics. The field of geriatrics has progressed enormously, and the new edition contains large amounts of information that was not available a decade ago. The third edition is also far more focused on medical issues relevant to the elderly and the specifics of those medical issues to the health of older people than previous editions. In addition, we have added much more about approaches to care, including setting goals and caring for dying patients.

We are now able to give more information about drug problems in the elderly and the underlying pathology of many of the diseases of aging. Importantly, this newest edition takes a multidisciplinary approach, providing specific information to doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, social workers, and lay caregivers.

B&N.com: What changes or advances in the treatment for the elderly do you think will happen, or hope will happen, within the next ten years?

MB: It is always dangerous to predict. Nonetheless, I think that we can expect to develop better treatments for depression and pain in the elderly and maybe even for some causes of frailty and muscle weakness.

We are learning more about the causes and potential treatments for Alzheimer's disease and remain hopeful of major breakthroughs in this decade. The study of medication problems in the elderly has blossomed in this country, and we can expect more information that will help us use all medications wisely in older adults.

B&N.com: Do you have an interest in any particular health problems or issues?

MB: I have two special areas of interest. The first is medication problems in general and the ways to get doctors to use medications more appropriately in the elderly. The second is the vexing problem of behavior disorders in elderly people with dementia.

B&N.com: Would you please recommend two or three medical books (besides the Merck Manuals!) that you would like to recommend as your favorites or that have impressed you recently?

MB: My favorite medical text, other than the Merck Manuals, is Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. It is the first one I read as a medical student, and I have continued to rely on it.

I am particularly fond of a book for caregivers of people with dementia called The 36-Hour Day. I recommend it often.

Just to round out the list in the nonmedical area, James Joyce's Ulysses is a book I read parts of yearly and straight through every few years. Writing doesn't get any better than that! I will also admit happily that I reread Alice in Wonderland every year, too, and have about a dozen different printings in my collection.

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    Make mine Merck!

    A great medical reference book that has been around forever. Probably more for medical professionals than the lay person though.

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    Crucial and Invaluable Reference - Must Have!

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    An exhaustive medical reference!

    Whether you're a health guru or a long-standing practitioner, this book is a must. It's a relatively compact book and includes information on the diagnosis, pathology, and treatment of all medical conditions. It is a tremendous value!

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