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May 25, 1984

Medicine for the Practicing Physician

Author Affiliations

Fallon Clinic Worcester, Mass

JAMA. 1984;251(20):2728-2729. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340440084045

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Medicine for the Practicing Physician is a textbook from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. The editor in chief is J. Willis Hurst, MD; there are 29 editors and 88 other contributors. Features that distinguish this book from others in the field include the pragmatic orientation for practicing physicians, the range of coverage that includes sub-specialty areas not usually found in a textbook of medicine, the organization in bite-sized topics, and the possibility of access to information at various levels adaptable to a specific clinical problem.

This last is the book's most valuable asset. Dr Hurst suggests that its use will begin with a question about a patient. The level at which the physician enters the book will be determined by his or her level of understanding of the patient's problem. For example, after seeing a patient with a long history of frequent bowel movements and bulky stools, the