Not long ago, I was a third-year medical student rotating through my internal medicine clerkship. I remember spending much of that clerkship reconciling. Many things required reconciliation: patients' medication lists from admission to discharge, the difference in findings between the attending physician's physical examination and my own, and, most importantly, the discrepancy between what I had learned in the preclinical years and what I was learning at the bedside. The role of a reference textbook for third-year medical students should be to make that latter task as painless as possible.
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