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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2011
If you're looking for an overloaded, and generally not helpful pocket medicine book that doesn't actually fit in your coat pocket...you may want to look elsewhere. But if you want a great book that covers all the most important points of critical topics with consistent efficiency, this is most definitely the book you want to buy. The amount of important and consistently helpful information this little stack of pages fits in is very helpful, particularly for us medical students who seem to consistently be on the receiving end of those pimping questions that we need a quick way to look up the answer to. I'll admit I don't have any of the 600 pages of the Washington Manual, but I'm not sure it can really be considered a "pocket" medicine book...more along the lines of a "rolling suitcase" medicine book. Buy this book, you will not regret it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 22, 2008
Pocket Medicine is an outstanding quick reference, covering an astonishing amount of information in a small notebook.

During spare moments, I can review the well-designed chapters. When I need a reference, the facts are laid out in a clear and logical format, and referenced to journals and studies where appropriate.

A more complete index is the one thing I would add to this book, but that's a small quibble. It's easy enough to add notations to the back of the book, or add a few extra pages (the binder takes standard six-ring refills, such as FiloFax Personal pages).

My pockets are lighter since I found Pocket Medicine.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2007
Excellent information. Great looseleaf format for adding and subtracting as needed. A "Must have" for anyone seeing general medical patients, particularly if in a specialty - to "do no harm". I waited for the 3rd edition for a liong time. Have used it since the first edition. Great reference to use daily.
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38 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2010
I have never figured out, as a student and resident, what to do with this book. It's neither a quick reference, nor a learning textbook. It's somewhere in the middle, giving a lot of textbook info in a small amount of space, but nothing specific to help you in a crunch. I found myself looking on uptodate instead. Some people swear by it, but I started adding stuff to the back to make it worth carrying around, but finally gave up. If I'm going to use it for study, I'd rather have a book I don't have to squint at and keep turning to the abbreviations page to figure out what it's talking about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I cannot deny that this book fills a great need in internal medicine, where evidence based medicine is the current trend. For an advanced 3rd year medical student, 4th year medical student and interns alike, this book is solid gold. Get ready to begin practicing evidence based medicine the second you pick this book up. The most common ailments encountered by a house officer are listed with pretty much everything that you would need to know from A-Z to treat the disease or keep it under control until a specialty service is consulted. It is filled with references and one line key pointers to update you on current research. This book elegantly bullet points the crux of medicine that every true doctor, regardless of their field, should know. Keep in mind, however, that this book doesn't cover everything. It is meant as a starting point and will do an excellent job at that. It doesn't make you a specialist, but I feel confident that I could cover all the basic problems that are encountered in the hospital with this in my pocket. On a side note, I think that this book is too advanced for a beginning third year. They are still trying to find out what different acronyms mean, and it would be overly frustrating to have them read through this book that is littered with them. I might suggest reading a page or two out of this book and if you aren't comfortable understanding what you read, then try another source first until you feel better about this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2011
i pull this thing out all the time on the wards. great reference for differential diagnoses and important you-can't-miss-this teaching points.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2011
One of the must-haves for all medical students on an Internal Medicine rotation. It is not good to study from for the shelf exams, but is VERY useful on clinical rotations. I am now finishing a residency in Internal Medicine and still find it useful for patient care. It contains quick facts on assessment and treatment of common disorders. Many of the topics also have the source cited in case you need more information. Unlike the Washington Manual, it also fits conveniently into the coat pocket.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2010
This has a ton of information packed into it. It is only so big, and it lacks (by necessity) two things: 1) It does not have much in the way of treatment guidelines. 2) It does not have much in the realm of mechanism of disease. However, it does have info such as disease staging and expected abnormal lab values. It's a handy book to have in your pocket.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2007
This is an excellent book for the wards that allows you to look up etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic workup, and management for many conditions you see in the hospital. It's not too much that you would get lost in details, and it's not too little that it leaves you with no idea of what to do. I see just about every Medicine resident carrying one around, and it has helped me just as a medical student so I highly recommend this book. I wish I'd had it when I was doing my Family Medicine rotation too because it would have been useful in the hospital then as well, and I also saw Family Medicine residents carrying around this book as well. I do want to point out that it is NOT a textbook, and if you would like something more of a text, perhaps you should try Washington Manual.
It also includes a section on ICU meds, antibiotics, formulas, etc. It's such a great book, and you'd be surprised how much valuable info is in here! I also love this book because it is small enough that it is not weighing down my white coat (I already have enough weight in my pockets as it is).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2012
This book is essential for med students for electives as well as PGY 1-3 in Internal Medicine.
I really like this book.
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