by John T. Harrington (Medical Consultation Series, J. P. Kassirer, ed), 632 pp, $29.50, ISBN 1-55664-076-5, Philadelphia, Pa, BC Decker Inc, 1990.
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This concise, softcover volume has 25 contributors, all of whom either have or have had appointments at the Tufts Medical School or the New England Medical Center. It offers a unique twist amid the burgeoning publications for the young primary care internist and also, in this instance, the young surgeon.
Within 54 essays on selected areas are covered, according to the author, 90% of the issues internist consultants are called upon to see in hospital practice. For these 54 essays there are several major sections: cardiology, infectious disease, gastroenterology, nephrology, pulmonary disease, hematology and oncology, and chronic diseases. Endocrinology and rheumatology sections are intentionally omitted, as "most of these patients are cared for on an outpatient basis." Diabetes, however, is reviewed in the chronic disease section. The individual essays are predominantly expositional, remarkably current, simply worded, intensely practical, and accompanied by only occasional, clearly prepared tables, rarely a graph or
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