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August 22, 1990

Internal Medicine

Author Affiliations

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas


edited by Jay H. Stein, 3rd ed, 2460+ pp, with illus, $95, ISBN 0-316-81230-7, Boston, Mass, Little Brown & Co, 1990.

JAMA. 1990;264(8):1045. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450080135048

For a general internal medicine text-book to be effective, two qualities are of paramount importance: clear writing and excellent organization. The third edition of Jay H. Stein's Internal Medicine has both.

The 2460-page tome with nine section editors and 391 contribuing authors manages, as editor-in-chief Jay H. Stein hopes in his preface, "to be a useful and readable reference to all levels" of readership. With the explosion in medical knowledge, keeping abreast of new developments in both the basic and clinical sciences poses quite a challenge for editors of medical textbooks. Yet this one is both encyclopedic and current. Included are such timely topics as adjuvant therapy in node-negative breast cancer, hematologic growth factors, and human retrovirus infection.

There are many standard internal medicine textbooks that can claim to be both encyclopedic and readable; the strength of Stein's text is in its organization and the resultant ease with which one