The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, 17th Edition (Centennial Edition) Hardcover
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The new, 17th edition, has surpassed all past editions. The typeface has been improver (made larger), the layout of topics has been changed for the better and the writing style has been made more lay person reader friendly. In sum, the best has got even better.
The book is divided into an alphabetical scheme, where all the topics are featured in that order. However that can be confusing as such since the subtopics are not arranged that way. Case in point, if you wanted to search for Candidiasis of the skin, you should not search under C, but S for skin disorders and then follow things through. This can be confusing at first, but then again, this is not an encyclopedia or dictionary of medical terms. The great thing about the book is the way everything is covered in the basic schema of background, signs and symptoms and then therapy. This helps people understand the topic in the right sense and actually makes it stick to your mind for a long time. The book is also good enough to mention the doses of the drugs used to treat an ailment.
No medical clinician should be out there practicing without the Merck Manual on his desk. This is a quick reference that is essential in the day of evidence based medicine and where the patient is educated enough to be a part of his or her treatment plan and not just the silent recepient. The book can be found in the hard copy format and is available for the PALM, which makes it the best reference carried in a doctor's pocket.
Very Highly Recommended!!!
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My daughter bought me this book last year and I have updated the editions through the years. It has the latest information on medical conditions that can even help you to know if... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2003
Considering that it is leather-bound, and close to three thousand pages, my first impression was that the price of this book is second to gratis. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2002 by reviewer
I have owned a Merck Manual for the last 30 yearsand it has been invaluable. Our family has been through a lot of serious illnesses over the years and from our first Merck Manual... Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2002
I am a Medical Doctor and a board certified anesthesiologist. This book would be a valuable asset to the lay person, but lacks the substance necessary to be considered a reference... Read morePublished on June 25 2002
This is the book a doctor must have since he is in medical school untill he dies. I buy it since i was in 1st year in medical school, and Iam a Orthopaedist and still I buy it and... Read morePublished on April 21 2002 by Rogelio