The Merck Manual 19th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0911910193
ISBN-10: 0911910190
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  • Hardcover: 3754 pages
  • Publisher: Merck; 19 edition (July 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911910190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911910193
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 2.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rob earned his MD from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA and completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. Rob is board certified in Emergency Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Since 1983, he has held a variety of clinical and teaching appointments in the Philadelphia area, most recently at Albert Einstein Medical Center and Thomas Jefferson University. He currently works for Merck, where he is editor-in-chief of The Merck Manuals.

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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Majted on August 29, 2011
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I've been getting and using the Merck Manual for over 30 years to answer questions about disease for family and friends (pediatrics through geriatrics) as well as preparing to ask germane questions of physicians responsible for care of family and friends. It is comprehensive in its coverage of the etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of diseases of the human body and contains the latest research results on the treatment options. It's really not that difficult for the layman to understand the medical terminology and the result is factual understanding of the major aspects of disease which you will NOT get from the standard home health care books from Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Mayo Clinic, the AMA or even the Merck Home Health handbook. And, unlike the Merck Manual, these books directed to the laity do not contain the diagnostic information upon which physicians decide precisely what disease they are presented with. Yes, there will be much superfluous information which you may never use, but, when you want and need the information about a specific disease, here's where you should start your education.
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I think the Merck Manual is a monumental work that gets better all the time. The 16th and 17th edition which I have in my library are approximately of equal size. I missed out on the 18th edition. The 19th edition is quite expanded and the photographs at the back are excellent and very helpful. This is a must have publication for any clinical practitioner regardless of speciality. The coverage of each topic is concise yet adequate enough to be relevant. Usually at the end of one year usage the pages are well worn due to frequent consultation and review. Highly recommended!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By desert rat on November 25, 2011
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If I were to only be able to have one medical book available to me, without doubt this is the one I would choose. It is the most comprehensive, most informative, best written of any out there, and it covers every medical issue one can think of and many one can't. Some physicians I know keep a copy in their offices, and will dash over to do a quick check of something in it, especially when what they're checking on is not within their specialty. Additionally, a quick read is like a refresher course in whatever issue is at hand.
Don't get me wrong, this book, although written for doctors and nurses, can be easily used by folks who have some knowledge of medicine, or even the complete layman, by purchasing along with it a decent medical dictionary such as Dorland's( Amazon has the latest edition of Dorland's for sale as I write this).
I keep several Medical books in my house, but the one I go to most often, and the one whose information I trust most is the Merck Manual. The newest Revised Edition is currently available, and now is the time to buy it. There isn't a medical website that can offer you the kind of information, in detail, that you can find in the Merck.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By KEVIN C. DELAHANTY on August 15, 2011
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In the case of The Merck Manual, the answer is a resounding yes. I would encourage those who keep Harrison's/Cecil's in one location (eg: office) to have The Merck Manual in another (eg: home). The editors have done a wonderful job in re-formatting the entries so that you can get a concise (< 50 word) review of a topic, & then proceed into a longer discussion.

Signed,

A very satisfied customer.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By apollo18 on December 19, 2011
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I first learned of The Merck Manual as a Navy Corpsman, attached to the Marines. I think it was the 13th Ed., but I often heard, "Doc, what are you doing with a textbook in the field? Is that a Bible? You could say that..." I never went out the door, hatch, compartment, or over the side, without it. It was the gap-filler in my clinical education and while we were sitting off the coast of ugly shores, I would read that book a lot. It inspired me to continue my clinical education to this day. I may not go to it as I used to, but I have one on my shelf to remember those times when it didn't let me down. It was a lesson I learned from a wise and seasoned Hm1 (FMF). (Thanks, Harv!)
I plan on getting the 19th Edition soon and it goes to my daughter who plans on her own career in medicine. Semper fi, Marines! May God bless, America!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bennett E. Werner on May 18, 2013
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Just received this a few days ago. I have no intetion or hope of reading it cover to cover. I've owned several earlier editions and my impressions of this current edition is that it maintains the high standards set in the past. If you're unfamiliar with the Merck Manual:it's a concise, well organized encyclopedic textbook of all (and I mean ALL) areas of medicine. In very short articles that one can quickly read (like between patients), it outlines the most important facts in an overview, followed by specific information for diagnosis and treatment of most everything from the very rare and esoteric to the everday, common maladies seen in clinical practice. One might ask, "Is this necessary in the internet/Google age?" IMO, yes. It's a terrific complement to the net and often, the fastest "go to" source when you just need a trusted source of well organized information in a hurry. The current (2011) edition gives the most up to date treatment recommendations with the drugs that are currently available. (as compared with my last 1990s edition).
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