Written by experts at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, this brand-new 2nd Edition covers all of the essential topics encountered in daily practice. It concisely discusses all diseases and disorders in an easy-to-follow, standardized outline format. Each chapter includes sections on pearls and pitfalls, differential diagnoses, algorithms, and reviews of the most current literature. And, comparative pharmacology tables provide instant access to essential information.
· Uses a consistent format in every chapter that includes Fast Facts · Epidemiology · Clinical Presentation · Diagnostics · Management · Pearls & Pitfalls · and References.
· Presents a wealth of algorithms that aid in diagnosis and management.
· Integrates evidence-based medicine and rationales throughout, with conclusions based on current, key references which are cited at the end of each chapter.
· Discusses co-morbidities in each chapter as well as at-risk populations
· Offers a “Fast Facts” section that provides appendices on lab values · pregnancy and medical therapeutics · drug interactions · IV preparation and administration · drugs in renal failure · immunization therapies · infection control · and critical care formulas.
··New chapter section on critical care.
· Presents 29 new chapters, including Gastrointestinal Disorders in HIV-Positive Patients · Bioterrorism · Acid-Base Disorders · Stroke · Sarcoidosis · Vasculitis · and many more.
· Provides three new dermatology color plates, nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy · bacillary angiomatosis · and molluscum contagiosum that assist in diagnosis.
· Offers a handy, quick-reference summary of ID isolation guidelines.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
1. I was given a copy of the book at the Chief Resident’s conference. It is fantastic!! I liked the first edition as a resident but this is far superior. The second edition is smaller and more carry-able. Chapters have more uniform organization that is easy to use. Charts/Algorithims are practical and capture common problems. Some key derm pictures. Getting the PDA (that has some additional chapters and formulary) is fantastic. The references have quality scores.
Overall a great book for Internal Medicine residents and students. I will use it and will recommend it.
2. I have skimmed over a lot of pocket manuals during my first year of IM residency (Ferri, Wash Manual, Rosen, Pocket Medicine, Oxford handbook), spending way too much money in the process. In the end I was left between Osler and Pocket Med. In a head-to-head comparison between the two, I was left with Osler as the triumphant source. While PM has it’s value, it seems to rely heavily on buzzwords and “fast facts”, without creating much substrate for deeper understanding. The OMH is a much more detailed review of key topics you will need to be familiar with throughout your residency. The Pearls and Pitfalls portion is very helpful. There are certain deficiencies, without a doubt. I do not like the fact that some chapters are only available in the PDA version, making studying these topics very annoying. Some subjects are totally overlooked (e.g. tick-borne diseases), while others have a little too long a discussion (such as sickle cell disease). Either way, I still feel more comfortable reading this book than PM, as it explains things a little more solidly and facilitates retention. If there is one thing I have learned, there is no one single source for learning Medicine, but there is a basic set of topics that are prerequisite knowledge for becoming an internist, and that can be learned very well from this book. The rest will come from inhouse experience, didactic sessions, articles, board review courses, et cetera. I strongly recommend this book for all IM residents, but don’t let it (or any other manual, for that matter) shut your eyes to other sources.
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