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Pocket Medicine The Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Internal Medicine (Pocket Notebook Series), 4th Edition

Prepared by residents and attending physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital, this pocket-sized looseleaf is one of the best-selling references for medical students, interns, and residents on the wards and candidates reviewing for internal medicine board exams. In bulleted lists, tables, and algorithms, Pocket Medicine provides key clinical information about common problems in internal medicine, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, gastroenterology, nephrology, hematology-oncology, infectious diseases, endocrinology, and rheumatology.

The six-ring binder resembles the familiar “pocket brain” notebook that most students and interns carry and allows users to add notes. This Fourth Edition is fully updated and includes an eight-page color insert with key and classic abnormal images.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Product Details :

  • Series: Pocket Notebook Series
  • Ring-bound: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Fourth, North American Edition edition (September 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608319059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608319053
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.8 x 7.5 inches

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