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We live in a world of exploding medical knowledge. Practitioners need a readable, easily available reference for daily use. The 13th edition of Medical Diagnosis and Treatment fills that bill. While it is not as handy in the white-coat pocket as are the spiral handbooks from Washington University, St Louis, it is more complete and as concisely written. It is handier than the much bulkier, although excellent, text from Scientific American.
Chapter 1 contains guides for preventive interventions and screening with emphasis on selected portions of the physical examination and early diagnostic signs of curable diseases. A section concerning geriatric medicine lists special considerations for the aged. A practical mental-status examination would have been helpful, rather than referring the reader to a source. A brief section on cancer discusses hypercalcemia, paraneoplastic syndromes, and emergencies of malignant disease, along with a tabular presentation of commonly used chemotherapeutic agents.
The section on
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