Reviews and Notes: Internal Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 1994;121:311-312. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-121-4-199408150-00026
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1994;121(4):311-312.
Fourth edition. Jay H. Stein; ed. 2861 pages. St. Louis, Missouri: Mosby-Year Book; 1994. $99.00.
Having used Cecil's Textbook of Medicine during my early medical training and Harrison's text in more recent years, I was particularly interested in evaluating the new edition of Stein's Internal Medicine. The preface of this edition states that the book's basic format is “appropriate for students, house officers, and practicing physicians.” As a practicing physician, I used this textbook for 2 months as my primary information source, with mixed results.
I found that the organization of this textbook was a major asset. Each medical specialty is introduced by two sections, one on basic principles and one on diagnostic procedures and tests. Most of these sections were concise, clear, easy to read, and extremely helpful when I was faced with a problem in a less-familiar area of medicine. The numerous tables were particularly lucid, and the illustrations were pertinent and easy to understand. The content and style of these sections seemed to be aimed at the generalist but were appropriate for students, residents, and physicians not trained in internal medicine. An excellent section covered special topics, such as medical disorders during pregnancy, toxicology, drug interactions, and the periodic health examination.
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