Forgoing the traditional prefatory platitudes about the expanding volume of medical literature and need for "review" type books, the 19th rendition of Annual Review of Medicine retains its position as front runner. Editors DeGraff and Cregar have preserved their superb format; all articles are solicited from hand-picked investigators who are considered "the most knowledgeable" in the field.
Once again the author-index lists an all-star cast: Schur and Austen discuss complement; Schaffner and Klion present hepatitis; Popper, cholestasis; Powell and Tigertt, "Drug Resistance in Malaria"; Hultgren and Grover, "Adaption to Altitude"; Sherry, fibrinolysis; Schwartz and Andre-Schwartz, "Lymphoproliferative diseases"; and many others.
Each article is a terse, pearlpacked document, exhaustive in depth and detail. Documentation and attribution are meticulous and comprehensive. I was particularly intrigued by the discussions on "Transfusion of Plasmin Components"—a gem of lucidity; "Fibrinolysis"—a frank assessment of the state of the art; and "Malignant Lymphoproliferative Diseases'—a fascinating review of