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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911910107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911910100
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 7.9 x 20.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #528,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By reviewer on July 7 2006
Format: Hardcover
Just a great medical reference book that has been around forever- however its probably more for medical professionals though than the lay person as the language can get a bit complicated- check out the home version if you're non-medical. Also recommended for healthcare workers, The Sixty-Second Motivator to learn how to better motivate patients to exercise, take their meds, eat better, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have purchased every edition of The Merck Manual starting with the 10th edition. They all have been the best medical information resource available at the time.
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hassan Galadari on Feb. 13 2003
Format: Hardcover
Dubbed the Bible of Medicine, the Merck manual is a book condensed enough to cover all the major aspects of of medicine in a text written that even though is targeted towards health care practitioners, can also be used by that layman. Written first at the end of the 19th century, the manual covers nearly most of everything in the medical field. From why epilepsy occurs to that dreadful itchy rash, the topics are concise, up to the point and easy to understand. Even though a home edition exists, the black book can be used by educated people to know anything they would like to know, with the exception of surgery.
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13 2000
Format: Hardcover
If my doctors would have read this book, I would definitely be in a healthier condition. But all my propaganda did not help. In Switzerland they prefer Harrysson, which is larger, but therefore no doctor has the time to read it. The Merck Manual seems to be the best book for concise information about diseaes, diagnosis and therapy. The authors are high level in their fields and still present there topics in a comprehensible way. But still, some knowledge about physiology is assumed. Pathology can only be understood as a deviation from physiology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Pegritz on Feb. 27 1999
Format: Hardcover
As with all good things, the Merck Manual will always be around. It is gratifying to know that the 17th Edition will be out soon, since the 16th edition is about 5 years old. I look forward to all of the updates that will no doubt be listed in the new edition. I am a medical/legal consultant. Everyone who does this type of work MUST have this text if they intend to provide an accurate and clinically correct review to their clients.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 8 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is truly a wonderful reference for those of us who want to know more about illnesses and medicine than we hear on the news or from a doctor. It can be a little difficult to read with all the medical jargon, but if you weed through it, it is a very helpful and knowlegeable book. My mother was a nurse, and we were constantly looking up things that we had heard mentioned but were not really explained to us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 16 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a medical student, whose first exposure to the clinical subjects can be confusing and intimidating, you have a friend in the Merck Manual. The differential diagnoses and signs/symptoms of most disorders are laid out with the detail of textbooks, while cross-referencing many associated disorders. This is a good, concise alternative to other volumes of internal medicine texts.
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By FormosaWest TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 7 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
An affordable quick reference to primary features of medical conditions and diagnostics with therapeutic choices discussed. The size limits its usefulness in education, but may provide a starting point for further research, answer quick questions, or briefly reacquaint a medical professional with conditions and concerns. Very limited psychological/psychiatric info. Very limited therapeutic info. Sometimes the therapeutic suggestions differ from other texts (DiPiro Pharmacotherapy, Goodman & Gillman's Therapeutic, etc..), but are sensible if not somewhat outdated. Still, information is representative of practical knowledge and medical course of action.

Recommendations are general - however as a pocket manual, it is a very quick and convenient reference. Language is tailored to medical professionals, but may be okay for the Post-sec science educated public. Diagnostic information is quick and concise, though not comprehensive. Content is somewhat brief and conversational (though scientific terminology is used freely), making the text well suited to answer quick questions, or provide general information. Medical decisions will require more than what this text offers; however, to the knowledgeable physician or pharmacist, this text can inspire action in the right direction. May help the general public appreciate the complexities of disease diagnosis and treatment in a more meaningful manner. A typical public reader would require a medical dictionary and some medical and science education to fully appreciate the information; however, the gist is realtively easy to gather and may promote insightful conversation with one's Physician and Pharmacist.

overall recommended.
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