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August 24, 1994

Internal Medicine

Author Affiliations

Baylor College of Medicine Houston, Tex

JAMA. 1994;272(8):642-643. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520080084053

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The Internal Medicine Companion, by Fred F. Ferri, 349 pp, paper, $24.95, ISBN 0-8016-7825-0, St Louis, Mo, Mosby, 1994.

Textbooks of general internal medicine kill a lot of trees. Attempting to provide a comprehensive framework for the student, the house officer, and the practitioner, while keeping abreast of changes in medical knowledge, the text must avoid both superficiality and burdensome detail.

The fourth edition of Jay H. Stein's Internal Medicine finds that balance. The 2861 pages of text, with 431 contributing authors and a 136-page index, provides a wonderful source for physicians in many venues. To review it for this journal, I did not read it from front to back but instead tried to use it as one might in practice: every day after morning report at our public teaching hospital, I looked up the topics that had come up for discussion.

The strength of Stein continues to be its

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