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The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, 17th Edition (Centennial Edition) [Hardcover]

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5.0 out of 5 stars DX: Very satisfied with the book. 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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of Medicine 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every one in a human body May 13 2000
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good things stand the test of time 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Reference!! Dec 8 1998
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have reference Jan. 16 1999
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Medical Reference for Layman! March 9 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Have owned both the 15th and 16th editions and find the information concise and useful. I am not a medical professional but using this reference I can find information on various conditions and then speak with some inteligence to my physician concerning my own situation. Look forward to owning the 17th edition soon. Best medical reference I've found.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good
terrific to have on hand in the middle of the night - and to get nursing perspective on how to handle something if you are helping a loved one.
Published 5 months ago by judyevelyn
1.0 out of 5 stars Book is great. Condition is bad
there is no doubt that the Merck manual is a great and complete medical book. My poor review comes from the fact that I got a book that was said to be brand new and that there was... Read more
Published on Dec 9 2011 by Nathalie F.
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An affordable quick reference to primary features of medical conditions and diagnostics with therapeutic choices discussed. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2011 by FormosaWest
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Thirty years after I graduated from medical school, I still think this is the best concise medical book out there. I studied from it a lot for my med. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2009 by Cathy Page
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
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Published on Dec 1 2007 by Paul J. Fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars The best compact summary of internal medicine
It's amazing to me that a book like this could still be current. In many ways the Merck Manual is a relic from another age, when doctors had to fit their entire medical libraries... Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by D. A Flory
5.0 out of 5 stars Why do so few people own and use this book?
This book has been a classic and a mirror on medical knowledge
since its first publication in 1899. Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2003 by Kenneth Ellman
5.0 out of 5 stars My Bible
As a pharmacy student in a hospital setting, I often run across conditions I am not familiar with. This book helps me to keep my head above water as it details conditions... Read more
Published on April 7 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference for people with need to know information
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 more
Published on Jan. 5 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars IT IS MERCK; IT IS SOUND
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 more
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