Internal medicine - The Essential Facts
- By: Andrew Coulton
The preface to Internal Medicine states that it is intended as a revision guide and aide mémoire, to sit in the pockets of final year medical students and doctors. That might be an ambitious target; aren't the pockets of most white coats already rather full?
Used alongside quick reference medical handbooks, this book will be useful, but it will probably not be a replacement for popular clinical handbooks. A strong resemblance to thorough, well-presented, and concise lecture notes marks it out as belonging more on the “revision aids” shelf, than the “quick reference” shelf. The index, which for a quick reference guide is usually a key section, is not as comprehensive as it might be. However, considering the straightforward layout of the book, navigating the pages should not be a problem.
Each chapter, including “Epidemiology, Statistics and Evaluation of Literature,” is a comprehensive review of a topic or specialty. Most