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December 16, 1988

Medicine: Diagnosis and Treatment

Author Affiliations

Medical College of Virginia Richmond

Medical College of Virginia Richmond

JAMA. 1988;260(23):3519. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410230137052

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Medicine: Diagnosis and Treatment, edited by Robert W. Schrier, MD, is a multiauthored textbook that "will provide medical students with a foundatiot in internal medicine that will stimulate their interest to seek further in-depth knowledge as they care for their patients." This book, which is intended to be read during an eight- to 12-week clerkship, is an introduction to internal medicine. The text is organized to simulate how physicians routinely approach and evaluate their patients' problems. Eleven chapters cover most of the internal medicine subspecialties, including psychiatry and dermatology. Chapters are generally organized with sections on pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment. The authors are from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where the editor is Chief of Medicine.

In an attempt to fairly evaluate this textbook, I envisioned myself as a fourth-year medical student employing it during a rotation through the medical critical-care unit. Although this may seem unfair to