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August 24, 1984

Medicine: Essentials of Clinical Practice

JAMA. 1984;252(8):1065-1066. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350080065038

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Medical students are the intended audience of this Boston University School of Medicine work, the first edition of which was published in 1970, under the leadership of Chester Keefer. It should also prove quite useful to residents, practicing physicians, and other health professionals. Emphasis is on the essentials, not the minutiae of practice. It has about one third the content of texts such as Cecil or Harrison, but emphasizes those aspects that constitute the "core" of medicine. By spending an hour a day, the reader should be able to digest this material during a 12-week medicine clerkship. Thereafter, it will serve as a useful general reference.

The introduction to each organ system includes a list of learning objectives, indicating types of clinical situations for which the student should develop an approach and facility. The reader is guided through several patient treatment problems at the end of each organ system, keyed