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Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine.

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Ninth edition. Edited by Isselbacher Kurt J., Adams Raymond D., Braunwald Eugene, Petersdorf Robert G., Wilson Jean D.. . 2200 pages. McGraw-Hill Book Company; , New York: , 1980.. Price, $45.00 (one volume); $55.00 (two-volumes).

Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(1_Part_1):155. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-93-1-155_1
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To begin with an all-too-transparent rationalisation, I believe that the duty of a reviewer of a general medical textbook lies not in reading it from cover to cover, but in treating it as a work of reference. In other words, he should pay particular attention to the quality of the index, and to the style and helpfulness of the information to which it guides him, bearing in mind the likely readership of both medical students and teachers, and of practitioners of internal medicine. He should of course look both at areas of medicine with which he is familiar, and at


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