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Book and Media Reviews
August 8, 2007

Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Review 2006-2007

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(6):685-690. doi:10.1001/jama.298.6.685

Full fathom five thy father lies
Of his bones are coral made
Those are pearls that were his eyes
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea change
Into something rich and strange.

William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 1, scene 2

With more than 100 illustrations, the 1035 pages of this encyclopedia of internal medicine are neatly divided into 25 complete and concise sections. Written by seasoned faculty at the Mayo Clinic, this newest edition is a revised and updated reference text that will provide added guidance in preparing for certification through the American Board of Internal Medicine. The first chapter, written by Amit Ghosh, MD, is a deliberate, albeit brief, exposition on taking the board examination. Primary content of the examination (eg, cardiovascular disease [chapter 3], infection [chapter 14], psychiatry [chapter 21], and pulmonology [chapter 22]) is stressed, along with crossover topics (eg, clinical epidemiology, occupational and environmental medicine, nutrition, geriatric medicine, ethics, and human immunodeficiency virus infection). Question formats are presented in the first 12 pages and serve as a guide for the remaining text. More than 350 multiple-choice questions are subsequently scattered throughout the remaining 24 chapters. Each section includes pithy questions, insightful answers, and helpful discussions. Each module explains why the correct answers are reasonable and why the incorrect answers are unreasonable.

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