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Books, Journals, New Media
August 13, 2003


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. 2003;290(6):825-826. doi:10.1001/jama.290.6.825

In a Canadian medical school, I quickly learned to be partial to British over American texts. The former tended to be shorter, more clinical, and less technical. Examples include Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine (now in its 19th edition and only 1296 pages), Coni's Lecture Notes on Geriatrics (first published in 1977, now in its fifth edition), and one of the most entertaining and instructive of all, Sir Zachary Cope's Early Diagnosis of the Acute Abdomen (now in its 20th edition).