Reviewer: Bridgid K. Steele, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This is the 38th volume in a continuing series that includes reviews on a wide variety of topics.
Purpose: The topics are timely and well referenced. The range of topics promises to hold something of interest to any internist. Most chapters cover the pathophysiology as well as the clinical aspects of the topic and offer diagnostic and therapeutic advances.
Audience: This book is written to update practicing internists and to serve as a reference for senior residents studying internal medicine.
Features: The chapters are concise and easy to read. Illustrations complement the text and are easy to interpret. The contributors are well versed in their respective fields and include Dr. Dennis J. Beer, winner of the Career Investigators Award from the American Lung Association. The authors write an introduction to each chapter that serves as a good summary and highlights the chapter's main points. The chapters are further subdivided along an outline format, assisting the reader to be selective within a given to pic. Most chapters also use tables to further organize data presented.
Assessment: This is a must-have for any complete medical library. It is also an excellent review and reference for the busy internist striving to remain current in the ever-exploding broad knowledge of internal medicine.