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Edited by Krupp Marcus A., Chatton Milton J.. . 1062 pages. Lange Medical Publications; , Los Altos, California: , 1976.. Price, $14.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(4):553. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-85-4-553_1
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What's the difference between a desk reference and a textbook of medicine? Presumably, a reference is just that—a repository of easily accessible, comprehensive, accurate information, leading the user to further sources of information as required. This fourteenth annual revision largely fulfills these expectations.

The format is clear and readable, with appropriate use of tables. There are many up-to-date references to papers in readily available journals. The editing is consistent, with a similar style and sequence of sections used throughout. Although the editors claim to steer clear of controversial therapies in favor of conservative time-tested approaches, there are occasional references to


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