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Medicine: Essentials of Clinical Practice.

Eddy D. Palmer, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1971;128(4):640-641. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310220148027.
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This is a fine textbook of internal medicine that will surely be accepted with enthusiasm by the student and the seasoned clinician, a safe prediction for many reasons. When the student buys such a book he hopes it will give him everything his instructors expect him to know, in painless prose and in an inexpensive, lightweight form.

The resident wants a lot of hard information, easily locatable, with a minimum of medical philosophy. He certainly doesn't want to lug around in his bag instructions on how to take a history or do a physical examination. The older clinician wants to be able quickly to find and read about specific points, such as what kind of bone changes his current sarcoid patient might have or what's good for meningococcemia these days. And, whether student or professor, at some time the medical text buyer will want to make a quick survey of


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