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Initial post: Aug 3, 2010 8:01:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 3, 2010 8:13:21 PM PDT
Pro says:

I am a medical student and as the title suggests I am looking for some advice on classical textbooks in medicine. Not the kind of Harrison's/Merck/Guyton and the like which need to be frequently updated because the field constantly changes but something like Cope's Early Diagnosis of the Acute Abdomen (Silen, Early Diagnosis of the Acute Abdomen) or Classic Teachings in Clinical Cardiology: A Tribute to W. Proctor Harvey (parts of it because cardiology has advanced very much since his time) that offer clinical wisdom, pearls and the rationale of the old physicians who didn't rely so much on PET scans and immunoassays.
I would be grateful for any suggestions you might make. Thanks in advance!

Edit: Preferably I would like them to be in print like the 2 ones mentioned above, not something collectible but of little clinical value such as Sir William Osler's The principles and practice of medicine: Designed for the use of practitioners and students of medicine

Posted on Oct 16, 2010 2:17:28 AM PDT
I'd advise you read Osler. How can you possibly not want to read Osler? It boggles the mind. The man was brilliant.

Anyway, a wonderful text from about 20 years ago with some amazing and timeless clinical pearls about cardiovascular diagnosis is:

Cardiovascular Diagnosis: The Initial Examination

It's out of print but easily available used.

Posted on Oct 16, 2010 6:09:27 PM PDT
Pro says:
Thank you for your reply. It's not that I don't want to read Osler, I just want something more relevant to the clinical practice like the Cardiovascular Diagnosis you proposed. It looks similar to Classical Teachings in Clinical Cardiology I mentioned in my first post, the second volume of which I love but unfortunately the seller didn't send the first one with the clinical examination/auscultation/history/ekg sections for which Harvey was known.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 12:36:44 PM PDT
R.Eader says:
try hamilton bailey's classic on clinical signs in surgery: Hamilton Bailey's Demonstrations of Physical Signs in Clinical Surgery I got mine 10 years ago, think its 15th ed, lots of pictures on various diseases arranged in chapters, one chapter for each organ system

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 1:02:32 PM PDT
Pro says:
R.Eader thank for your input, it is highly appreciated. The last edition, not written by Bailey, has received very bad reviews but I'll certainly check the older ones as it seems to be a classic in surgical literature. Thanks again!

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 5:10:58 PM PDT
Dennis S says:
I don't know if this necessarily qualifies as classic, but some of the most astute clinicians and diagnosticians I have ever met or worked with frequently referenced Sapira's Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis. It is much better than most of the books suggested to medical students during their clinical skills training. Check it out....

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 6:41:32 PM PDT
Pro says:
I have Sapira's book and is an excellent book indeed. I don't know either if it qualifies as a classic, but it does have the caliber to become one. Highly suggested! Thank you for your input.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 4:47:50 PM PDT
Hi pro i am also in search for classics.. have you found any more? Thanks would appreciate your sharing.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 8:04:50 PM PDT
DoctorDad says:
"The Effective Clinician" by the late Philip Tumulty.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 9:41:41 PM PDT
DK says:
I am searching for a copy of DSM-1 1952 edition? Would like to read the original copy if someone would like to share this book

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 8:34:39 AM PDT
No One says:
Why don't you try Hyppocrates? Pier.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 11:08:13 AM PDT
DrJay says:
"Bedside Diagnostic Examination" by DeGowen and DeGowen is a classic, used by med students all over for years. Has many pearls. I don't know if it's still in print. Mine is 30 years old and sits by my desk. I still pick it up once in a while to jog my memory about some obscure sign.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 1:38:33 PM PDT
John Edwards says:
I've got a real nice copy of The Microscopic by Jabez Hogg, 6th ed. 1867, George Rutledge & Sons. I've been looking to sell it.

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