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October 17, 1980

Current Therapy 1980: Latest Approved Methods of Treatment for the Practicing Physician

Author Affiliations

Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine University of Illinois Chicago


edited by Howard F. Conn, 988 pp, with illus, $29.50, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1980.

JAMA. 1980;244(16):1845-1846. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310160057034

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This is the latest edition of a compendium that has followed the same format for the past 32 years. Each year, the editor and consulting editors assign more than 280 diseases to a new panel of experts, none of whom covers more than one condition. Thus, each topic is new each year, giving the personal practices and preferences of the current authority. Emphasis may differ from the previous year, but a strong thread of recommendations is carried throughout.

The average length of articles is 3 1/2 pages. Emphasis in each is primarily on treatment, including the general approach to management, drug therapy, surgery, and radiology. The old and the new are considered thoughtfully, and specific recommendations are usually given. Prevention is often emphasized. No references are cited. The breadth and depth of coverage are appropriate to the problems of the generalist or the specialist outside of his usual realm.