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Encountering the title of this book for the first time, one might be led to exclaim: "What, another textbook covering all of medicine!" Already available are more comprehensive volumes such as The Scientific American's compendium updated monthly by computer, through the classic texts of Cecil and Harrison, to concise practical treatises like the Merck Manual or the paperback Manual of Medical Therapeutics by the Washington University faculty, St Louis. Where, then, does the present volume belong among the proliferating choices of texts providing the essentials of internal medicine?
This soft-cover volume consists of 15 chapters written by 22 subspecialty internists, ten of whom are faculty members at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. The primary audience is clearly the medical student who wishes to read a general overview of internal medicine either straight through or chapter by chapter, as it relates to his or her clinical experience during a
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