Designed for daily usage, this small volume serves the same purpose as the indispensable student's notebook and offers a pure vein of medical nuggets. Topics are presented in outline form, and the text briefly but systematically displays the essentials. Some common conditions are allotted proportionately greater space: the section on EKG diagnosis, for instance, accounts for one sixth of the book. Tables showing relative incidence of diseases are especially helpful, and a reference list follows each section. The index is almost superfluous since the subjects are alphabetized and imprinted in bold lettering atop each page.
The average reader may be tempted to utilize this book for a furtive preconference perusal to acquire a higher polish, but it deserves more substantial usage. As a guide to current concepts as well as a reference source, this manual should be of greatest help to the individual who can least afford to waste his