This text was first published in 1949. Robert Rakel became the editor in 1984 after Howard Conn's death, and this most recent version is edited by Rakel and fellow family physicians Edward Bope and Rick Kellerman. As a reference book, it is not meant to be leisurely read on a sunny afternoon on the front porch; rather, it works best if readers know the specific condition they want to review and go directly to the relevant chapter. This is because it is organized using the traditional systems approach, with sections covering topics such as infectious diseases, cardiology, and gastroenterology. The reader faced with a patient who presents with an unusual and as-yet-undiagnosed collection of symptoms will find that there is no easy way of using this textbook to help sort out the problem.
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