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Books, Journals, New Media
March 17, 2004


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(11):1390-1391. doi:10.1001/jama.291.11.1390

Textbooks of internal medicine are like fine cuisine. Styles are many and varied, presentations and flavor differ, and each has its aficionados. In this, its 19th edition, Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine returns as an enduring and popular classic. Like many dishes, it is not for all tastes, but it will have devotees.

Of course, it is impossible to review any textbook of medicine. No review can capture all the content, controversies, or errors. A textbook of medicine, like its subject, is simply too vast and too massive. At best, one can try to summarize the highs and lows, comment on the presentation, and attempt to provide an overall assessment, much like the reviewer of a gourmet restaurant.

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