Most physicians probably learned clinical medicine most effectively by encountering a prototypical or index case, alerted to such disorders by lectures or other learning formats. They then read the textbook of their choice on that disorder and reviewed the literature. Physicians currently in training probably go to the Internet. Very seldom have I read a lengthy textbook cover to cover over several days. Pity. It is a wonderful experience that reverses the learning flow. While reading The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry, I was able to remember prototypical or index cases in my clinical experience and could update my fund of knowledge about specific diseases.
Veenhuis PE. The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry. JAMA. 2009;302(3):328-329. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1026