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November 2, 1984

Intensive Review of Internal Medicine

Author Affiliations

Chief, Medical Service San Diego VA Medical Center Professor and Vice-Chairman Department of Medicine University of California, San Diego La Jolla, Calif

JAMA. 1984;252(17):2479. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350170071027

For $425, a physician receives a two-volume, soft-cover publication of a series of carefully edited lectures, with good illustrations of slides that were used in the original verbal presentations. The lecture topics represent standard reviews of a segment of a medical subspecialty, but there is some selected updating of such topics as pulmonary embolism and the use of the calcium channel-blocking drugs.

In addition to the two books with their illustrations, the purchaser receives a box containing 32 tapes. A professional actor gives a verbatim reading of the two books, including comments on the slides and illustrations that so abundantly accompany each topic (from ten to 40 illustrations per topic or on each side of the 90-minute tape). Therefore, use of the total package would involve lying or sitting while listening to the tape, following the text in the accompanying book, and looking at the illustrations as they are cited.