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Your best teacher of IM?
on August 29, 2013
I bought this edition, even though I had the green (4E) version. I use this book every day since the first day of my third year rotations for Internal Medicine topics (now I am a resident). Pocket Medicine gives you everything you need, regarding the latest information about Internal medicine. Now for those who've never heard of it, or are considering buying this book, why is it so good? It is concise and it gives you the key points. If you really wanted to get more information then you probably need to go to uptodate or the next step up, the holy bible of IM itself, Harrison's. Pocket Medicine is designed to give you everything you need, in your pocket (as if our white coats aren't heavy enough). And the best part about this book versus other pocket manuals is that it cites real articles. NEJM, JAMA, Lancet, real sources of evidence based medicine. Evidence based should be the goal of every medical student, resident, and physician's basis of how they practice. Now the book takes some use to with the abbreviations, acronyms, and how it's formatted out, but once you get used to it, you will be looking up things very fast and before you know it, you will be citing pages in Pocket Medicine. For medical students, anything that your attending is pimping you on, its probably in this book (and its probably more updated than what your attending is looking for). For residents, don't waste any more time trying to figure out admit orders off uptodate, just get it done with this book.
Now for those who had the green medicine book, you're wondering, is it really worth the 60 dollars? Medicine doesn't change very much and many treatment protocols are still the same (except for maybe chemotherapy regimens). However, after scanning through about 10 topics, there's at least a one line update (usually more in the range of 3-5). Will it change how you will practice? Unlikely, especially if you were following the green book. But yes, there's abundance of changes everywhere. For example, they updated cystitis even though it's a bread and butter IM issue - I'll leave it to you to buy the book to find out the update ;) although I warn you, its not drastically different. But there are some definite useful updates such as how aggressive you want to be on diabetic management according to the latest guidelines. How aggressive should you be on HgA1c or the BP? You could spend tons of time looking it up, or just flip to the page in 5 seconds. The new consult sections aren't real deal breakers in my opinion (Surgical, Ob/Gyn, Optho) because you're probably going to consult those specialists anyways, but its nice to have. At least you'll sound a little smarter when you talk to them for the consultation? The new sections like anaphylaxis and nutritional issues aren't major additions to warrant to buy this book over the green/4e book.
Would I still recommend buying this book? Yes. But if you're a poor resident who already had the green book and don't want to spend money that should be going to payback your loans, I would stick to the green book.
My only real negative about this edition is that they used the new "recycle"-like paper (the thin type) over what they were using for the green 4e book. It feels cheaper and easier to rip. Otherwise, I recommend it as the gold standard of pocket manuals :D
Note: This was not a paid recommendation of the book. I just enjoy Pocket Medicine a lot.