The panel of contributors to this sixth edition has grown to 171. Many familiar names from earlier editions are no longer on the list, but they have been replaced by others of equal competence. One cannot fault the information presented by this distinguished faculty.
Thus, any appraisal of this, or a similar textbook purporting to cover the expansive field of internal medicine, must be made on items such as the care in selection from the "dreadful abundance" of available material, the clarity of presentation of the various portions, and the general readability of the volume. This volume follows by four years the fifth edition, and significant updating is evident in many sections. Although the general organization of the textbook remains the same, some logical reorganization of material has occurred which has improved the reader's ability to find things.
There remains a problem with the basic design of the textbook