Aradhana Venkatesan, BA; Mark Aronson, MD
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Venkatesan A., Aronson M.; Kochar's Concise Textbook of Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 1999;131:159. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-131-2-199907200-00027
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1999;131(2):159.
Third edition. Kutty K, Sebastian JL, Berg DD, Mewis BA, Kochar MS; eds. 1039 pages. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1998. $38.00. ISBN 0683047981. Order phone 800-638-0672.
Field of medicine: Internal medicine.
Format: Softcover book.
Audience: Medical students doing a core course in internal medicine, internal medicine and family practice residents, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other allied health professionals.
Purpose: To provide a textbook of internal medicine that can be read during a 3-month medical rotation.
Content: The 261 chapters of this textbook are grouped into 15 sections. After a brief discussion of the role of the primary care physician, the book discusses bedside techniques necessary for obtaining a thorough history and physical examination, common diagnostic tests, and preventive and screening measures. Most of the text is dedicated to the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of specific organ systems. A chapter on common alternative medicine practices is also included, as are excellent chapters on medical ethics, behavioral medicine, geriatrics, substance abuse, and clinical toxicology. Tables, figures, photographs, and radiographs are used throughout. A short multiple-choice test is presented at the end of each section, along with a suggested reading list. An appendix of 33 color plates illustrates some of the more common pathologic processes in dermatologic, hematologic, and rheumatologic disease.
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