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When textbooks for the subspecialties of internal medicine themselves run to two- and even three-volume formats, is there a place for works aiming to represent all of clinical medicine within a single book, even if it is of great size and weight? Such books—and Oxford Textbook of Medicine is one, as are "Harrison" and "Beeson-McDermott"—probably are much too big for students to digest for central principles and usually inadequate for physicians seeking answers to highly specific clinical questions. But they go on being written and sold; presumably they serve some needs. It may be that they mainly serve to comfort
Oxford Textbook of Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. 1988;108:647. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-108-4-647_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(4):647.
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