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Updated, but there's still lots of mistakes from 10th edition
on March 9, 2013
I've had the 10th edition previously, which was the dark green book with the interactive CD to supplement some materials in the reading. Now I have the 11th edition, which doesn't have the CD but you have to access it online. I prefer the CD where you can take it anywhere and play heart sounds, etc. One noticeable difference, of course, is the updated look and color scheme used throughout the book - less blues/greens and more orange/yellow theme. At first I didn't like the new look, but after awhile it was actually better overall. Cover has a more smooth glossy metallic appearance than the 10th edition, which had a flat dark-green rough leatherlike feel. The pages are more glossy and thinner compared to the 10th edition, and feels more "magazine-like". The gloss may hurt reader's eyes with light hitting it and reflecting off. There are new updates here and there but they are very minor. They've added more red headings (examples of abnormalities) on the side and changed words around a bit just to make the feel of "updated". However, many errors are found throughout the book that are still present from the previous edition such as extra spaces and double words to name a few.
If your school require you to have the new 11th edition since everything taught is word for word, then get this edition. If not, you can use the tenth edition instead. Please note if you do get the older tenth edition, the pages do not match perfectly to the 11th editition in case you have specific assigned readings page to page. Some sections in the book are switched around also. Overall, the 11th edition is an update to a well-known and widely-read book for anyone in the medical field, but it feels a little unnecessary to update within a few years with minor things just to cash in more money. Even the mistakes don't make up for it.