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July 9, 1997

Current Practice of Medicine

Author Affiliations

The Ohio State University Columbus

JAMA. 1997;278(2):171-172. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550020103052

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Almost encyclopedic in size and scope, this text has four bound volumes and more than 300 chapters. A work of this magnitude serves more as a reference library than a textbook. In such a multiauthored book with hundreds of contributors, overlaps, repetitions, and contradictions are not unusual. However, this work has been edited for uniformity in content and style, making it very readable.

The chapters are attractively formatted with a two-color design, prominent titles are used throughout, key points for each chapter are bulleted, and the most recently published references are highlighted. Fifteen specialty areas in internal medicine, including general internal medicine, are covered in detail in separate sections. While these sections are comprehensive, great efforts have been taken to keep them succinct—sometimes to a fault. A number of subjects are not covered in enough detail to be helpful.

Each chapter has an annotated list of suggested readings