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    1. 2005 Physicians' Desk Reference with PDR Electronic Library on CD-Rom
    by Medical Economics, Physicians
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    Asin: 1563634988
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-31)
    Publisher: Thomson Healthcare
    Sales Rank: 19477
    Average Customer Review: 3.44 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The Authoritative Source of FDA-Approved Information on Prescription Drugs.

    Physicians have turned to PDR® for the latest word on prescription drugs for 59 years! Today, PDR is considered the standard prescription drug reference and can be found in virtually every physician's office, hospital and pharmacy in the United States. In fact, nine out of ten doctors consider PDR their most important reference source. The 59th edition is more than 3,000 pages—our most comprehensive edition ever!

    These critical new drugs are included in the 2005 edition:

    Cialis (tadalafil), a new selective inhibitor of cyclic guanosine monophosphate-specific phosphodiesterase type 5 indicated for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

    Crestor (rosuvastatin calcium), a new HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor indicated as an adjunct to diet in the treatment of primary hypercholesterolemia, mixed dyslipidemia, and elevated triglyceride levels, or as an adjunct to other lipid-lowering therapies (or if these are unavailable) for treatment of homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia.

    Levitra (vardenafil HCl), a new selective inhibitor of cyclic guanosine monophosphate-specific phosphodiesterase type 5 indicated for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

    Lexiva (fosamprenavir calcium), a new protease inhibitor indicated in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV infection in adults.

    Namenda (memantine HCl), the first NMDA receptor antagonist indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe dementia of the Alzheimer's type.

    Raptiva (efalizumab), a new recombinant humanized IgG1 kappa isotype monoclonal antibody indicated for the treatment of adults with chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.

    Symbyax (olanzapine and fluoxetine HCI), a new combination of 2 psychotropic agents for the treatment of depressive episodes associated with bipolar disorder.

    You'll find the most complete data on over 4,000 drugs by brand and generic name (both in the same convenient index), manufacturer, and product category. Your 2005 PDR provides usage information and warnings, drug interactions, plus more than 2,000 full-size, full-color photos cross-referenced to the product information.

    You will also find:

    >Phonetic spelling for most listings
    >A key to controlled substances
    >FDA use-in-pregnancy ratings
    >Contraindications
    >All other FDA-required information
    >Clinical pharmacology
    >Adverse reactions
    >Pediatric use
    >Dosages

    On average, over 70% of the drugs found in PDR have prescribing information that has been updated from that found in the previous years' edition. This means that each year thousands of changes are made to drugs. Among these changes are:

    >Interactions with other drugs
    >Side Effects
    >Recommended Dosages
    >Contraindications
    >Black box warnings
    >How supplied methods

    FREE PDR ELECTRONIC LIBRARY ON CD-ROM INCLUDED WITH THE 2005 PDR*!

    The retail edition of the 2005 PDR includes a free PDR Electronic Library on CD-ROM. This valuable CD-ROM includes the full-text information of the 2005 Physicians Desk Reference, PDR For Nonprescription Drugs and Dietary Supplements and the PDR For Ophthalmic Medicines. As an added bonus, the PDR on CD-ROM also includes a Drug Interactions module that allows the user to check multi-drug regimens for potentially dangerous interactions. That’s over $280 worth of print information on one CD-ROM.

    The 2005 PDR also includes important information on how authorized prescribers (including U.S.-based MDs, DOs, Dentists, NPs, PAs, Nurse Midwives, Nurse Anesthetists, and Clinical Nurse Specialists in full-time patient practice and medical students and residents) can access:

    >mobilePDR, PDR's abbreviated drug information database for PDR applications
    >drug information on PDR.net

    *Due to the importance of having current drug information, the PDR Electronic Library has a two year useful life. The software and data on this CD will expire on 12/31/06.

    For absolutely accurate information, you need the 2005 PDR! ... Read more

    Reviews (9)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Standard
    There are a lot of drug reference books. Many, if not most, are quite good. It depends more on how you like your information organized than anything else. The PDR is not designed to be carried in your pocket, it designed to be...well, exhaustive and filled with virtually all the data about the given drug. But regardless of what you think about the PDR, one thing is certain: The PDR has become a gold standard among practioners and is relied upon heavily by physicians.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A better alternative
    I am a clinical psychologist and need some drug info.
    The PDR is a perfect example of the difference between data and information and its publisher's high handedness is to be expected when it teams with M$.
    I just bought and love the Mosby 2004 Drug Guide. Better paper, easier to read, more usable info, and only $30. It is not completely 2004 (none are really current) and the index to brand names has a few omissions but these are minor problems.

    3-0 out of 5 stars CD Terrible
    Without question the PDR is a mandatory reference guide for physicians. It does contain all the required prescription drug monographs mandated by the FDA and has a reasonably useful indexing system for searching by Name, Generic, or Disorder/Treatment. The pill identification section is far from comprehensive and considering the decades this has been in publication I would expect slightly more. The lack of a Macintosh installer with the different versions of the cd (you can get this from being in different medical associations, as a medical student, or personally) is ridiculous. Stedmans is included completely in the 'individual' install, it's just not accessable from the PDR interface. The expiration date is ludicrous. Why? Because you own the physical volume (I own 2 shelves of a bookcase of the physical volumes). I have often had to reference back 8 or 9 years to see what formats a current medication was available in as people seem to take it for granted that if they are still taking the same medication, it is available in the same dosage and format. Some serious mistakes can and have been made because this information isn't available in a comprehensive archival system. There is no legitimate argument for an electronic licensing agreement which prevents you from accessing the same documents (less in fact) that you have in hardcopy format. The DRM is probably the only reason this isn't completely mac/other/pda's compatible and it is completely negligent of the publisher to not produce a full non-expiring library. I hope that at some point in time the PDR electronic version is treated correctly and made available as HTML with a Java/javascript search system. This could easily have been done, but wasn't in the name of money and it's harmful to the healthcare system.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended pick for medical library holdings
    This Thomson Healthcare edition of Physicians' Desk Reference 2004 is a specifically designed professional reference for physicians and the medical community, and is updated yearly. Private practice, hospital, pharmacy, clinic, medical training centers and academic health libraries and health reference collections will find it an indispensable reference. This 58th edition lists all pharmaceutical manufacturers with address, phones and emergency contacts, includes products by category, and provides a diagnostic product information section which includes dosing instructions in Spanish, special notations on controlled substances, and FDA contacts. The extensive reference does require an in-depth knowledge of medicine for best access, making it a highly recommended pick for medical library holdings who will consider it a standard acquisition; but plenty of public and college-level libraries will find their patrons referring to it as well. Highly recommended.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Kind of like paying for one volume of the LA phone book...
    The PDR is basically a bloated collection of current-patent drug inserts printed on cheap newsprint. It weighs a ton, and contains virtually no information that one can't download from the relevant drug company's website for free.

    If you are a doctor, you probably get this book for free. That's about what it's worth, considering that its scope is limited to expensive non-generic drugs.

    If you have fifty bucks to spend on a drug reference, get something complete and useable like the "Physician's Drug Handbook." If you want full prescribing info for a current drug, you can get it off the internet without worrying about out-of-date info or expired CD's. ... Read more


    2. Nursing 2005 Drug Handbook (Nursing Drug Handbook)
    by Springhouse, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
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    Asin: 158255322X
    Catlog: Book (2004-06-01)
    Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
    Sales Rank: 6961
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    3. Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment
    by Linda Cocchiarella, Gunnar B. J. Andersson, Gunnar Andersson, American Medical Association
    list price: $159.00
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    Asin: 1579470858
    Catlog: Book (2000-12-15)
    Publisher: American Medical Association
    Sales Rank: 44237
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must for professionals in disability law and medicine
    The 5th Edition is the Rosetta Stone for evaluating permanent impairment. It is invaluable in workers' compensation, where many states, provinces and several countries either mandate its use or treat this work as an authorativie source of impairment evaluation. It may also come to have utility in ADA cases, especially with its emphasis on activities of daily living, and as a predicate to demonstrating the significance or insignificance of an impairment's effect on major life activities after Toyota vs Williams. The vision chapter represents the AMA's first major, published revision to the science and knowledge of eye impairments since the early 1900's.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nice Charts
    Although my copy came with 10 pages of errata sheets stuck in the front of it (presumably cured in the 5th version), I still got a lot out of reading through this book. The descriptions of impairment are de regeur reading for coming up with convincing settlement demands for soft tissue injuries. Someone's shoulder hurts? How do you say they have lost 20% of their upper body use as a result? Why not 90% of one finger, 50% of one hand, and 80% of one arm? Multiple impairments like these can be descriptively segmented to more fully elaborate what a patient is feeling, and how they are limited in daily activities. Both the plaintiff bar and the insurance community are well-served by this book. As for the medical accuracy of it, I'll take the AMA's word for it. ... Read more


    4. Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment, 2005 (Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment)
    by Lawrence M. Tierney, Stephen J. McPhee, Maxine A. Papadakis
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    Asin: 0071436928
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-19)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Appleton & Lange
    Sales Rank: 2818
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    Book Description

    The leading annually updated general medical text! CMDT 2005 is the most comprehensive, reliable, and timely reference available to answer common questions in everyday clinical practice. Written in a concise, easy-to-read style, the text covers all aspects of outpatient and inpatient care as well as authoritative descriptions of new developments in medicine. It includes information on over 1,000 diseases and disorders with an emphasis on prevention and cost-effective treatments. CMDT 2005 also features updated information on drug dosages and updated therapeutic options in HIV, including an approach to multi-drug antiretroviral therapies. ... Read more


    5. Fitzpatrick''s Color Atlas & Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology (1,000 Illustrations)
    by KlaussWolff, Richard. A. Johnson, RichardSuurmond
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    Asin: 0071440194
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-19)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
    Sales Rank: 3892
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    "...should serve as a standard against which all future atlases will be measured..."*
    -New England Journal of Medicine, review of third edition

    “...an excellent resource for all health care providers..."
    -Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practioners, review of third edition

    The best selling dermatology atlas in the medical market place! This unique combination of text, clinical reference, and color atlas features the best quality and most varied photographs of skin conditions important to any health care professional. Features consistent 2-page disease coverage format with description on left and photos on the right.

    NEW TO THIS EDITION
    *MORE photographs – more than 100 new illustrations, many focusing on conditions affecting people of color
    *MORE user friendly – color tabbing system for quick retrieval
    *NEW list of related web sites for physicians and patients at the end of diseases
    *NEW full-color schematic drawings of pathogenesis added to each section
    *NEW section on Bioterrorism ... Read more

    Reviews (14)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Lots of full-color photographs
    This is an excellent, full-color photographic atlas of dermatology. The text is not complete enough to diagnose and treat, but if you are looking for an excellent collection of photographs with brief descriptions to peak your interest this is a wonderful resource. Lots of images of less common disorders and diseases of the skin (Lamellar ichthyosis, pemphigus vulgaris, EB's), and also common ailments (acne, rosacea, cancer, etc.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT REFERENCE BOOK
    I have used this book throughout 2 years of medical school and it is one of the best dermatology references I have come across.It has also been a quick review for the the path seen with derm since the pictures are so clear and give a good representation of the path. An easy book to skim through before boards as well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great overview of Clinical Dermatology
    I enjoyed reading this book as a layperson, not having gone to medical school. I have a number of minor skin problems and this book allowed me to differentiate the insignificant ones from the ones I need to pay attention to. I think that this book should be in every household, because a person or parent should know what skin affliction(s) they have and how serious they are before they rush off to the doctor. One thing that should have been elaborated on more is the sub-section on The Nails as Clues to Multiorgan Disease. There are only a few pages of examples of this, yet there are dozens of correlations between abnormal fingernails and systemic disease. The book only gives blantant and graphic examples of serious nail problems and then gives the possible associated underlying disease. It should be expanded to include more "soft sign" nail problems to help doctors make educated guesses about what tests to run.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WELL-RESEARCHED, WELL-DOCUMENTED
    Shinning like a king's armour, the colours and synopses of this atlas made a thorough analysis of skin diseases.
    Any medical student or practioner who needs a dermatological companion would find a reliable one in this atlas. The uncountable pictures, which featured in this new edition are both illustrative and descriptive. Everything about the book indicates sound research and documentation, (on the part of its authors). It is a superlative tool for both doctors and students: the type of book many people would like to keep as CD-ROMs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Out Damned Spot!
    Was it, perhaps, the abundant clear color photos? Was it, by chance, the in-depth and easy to understand text? Or could it have been the complete indexing of every skin disease known to mankind, from Acne to Zoster sine zoster, that compelled me to snatch this wonderful red book from the shelf and declare, "Hey, this is one super-cool book!"

    If I were a dermatologist or a general practitioner, I'd want this atlas in my reference library. Ah...but alas, I'm but a simple lawyer trying to find out how to get rid of a case of... Dare I say more? Out damned spot! Out!

    Here's how I see it. If I, as layperson, might think this atlas worthy of your attention...then it must be! Cammy Diaz ... Read more


    6. Goodman & Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics
    by Joel Griffith Hardman, Lee E. Limbird, Alfred G. Gilman
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    Asin: 0071354697
    Catlog: Book (2001-08-13)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
    Sales Rank: 13976
    Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The Tenth Edition also brings the field of pharmacology up-to-date in terms of critical areas such as molecular biology, new drugs, and clinical studies that have contributed to the understanding of therapeutics and their role in the management of disease. Time-tested, yet up-to-the-minute, "G & G" is truly the most current, expert, and easy-to-use drug reference available today.

    Visit http://www.goodmanandgilman.com for more information. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good....but out of date!
    "Goodman & Gilman" has been the staple of pharmacology for many years, and with good reason. While I agree with the other reviewers that it is the gold standard, in the "old days" the book was updated about every 5 years, and this one came out in 1996. Given that the book probably took a couple of years to revise, the information is close to 10 years out of date! As is stated in the Notice on p. xviii, "Medicine is an ever-changing science." I have been waiting for the 10th Edition for some time now...!

    5-0 out of 5 stars great for the right audience
    This book is great for the right audience, and for the right job. This book is not for the following people/jobs: 1. Medical students. If you are a medic, and you need a text for your pharmacology class, try the simpler and less detailed books like Katzung's. The level of detail in G&G may be overwhelming. 2. As an intern/resident, you really don't have the time for such details either. A pocket guide comes in handy for your day-to-day work. This book is excellent for research purposes, especially for presentation at a conference, for pharmacists and pharmacologists, and for others directly involved in drug dispensing or manufacture.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best pharmacology book you can own...and a good doorstop
    The most comprehensive pharmacology book to have as a healthcare professional or student

    4-0 out of 5 stars VERY CLOSE TO BEING PERFECT
    "Goldman & Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics" is one brain toasting book. It reminds me of the "Principles of Pharmacology: Basic Concepts & Clinical Applications" (edited by Paul Munson). Of course, either of these two books can serve as a reference tool; and although the latter maintains a price advantage, 'Goldman & Gilman's' is more ubiquitous.
    It is rich, versatile, and presents well laid-out voluminous chapters. Anyone who reads this book will appreciate how it tackled General Therapeutics, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Essential for the Pharmacology Part of the Boards!
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    This pharmacology book is solely responsible for my honors grades in pharmacology and on the national boards.

    All topics are covered comprehensively, with far greater clinical application than most pharmacology texts.

    The chapter organization makes sense, and it is well indexed. This was one of the few med school books I kept and used for years after leaving clinical medicine to go into research.

    I used the book for researching medications for family and myself - information on side effects and interactions was very good.

    There are almost no illustrations, and few charts, so it's not easy reading, but it is definitely worthwhile.

    -An MD- class of '84 ... Read more


    7. Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy
    by Thomas P., Md. Habif, Thomas P. Habif
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    Asin: 0323013198
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-27)
    Publisher: C.V. Mosby
    Sales Rank: 40588
    Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Completely revised and updated, the 4th Edition of this popular reference presents a wealth of new features to enable readers to identify, treat, and manage skin diseases more easily than ever. Atlas-like guidance, complemented with detailed, diagnostic text, combine to offer readers a user-friendly resource they'll consult again and again. Also available as a separate website and e-dition package, this book is widely recognized as the world's leading dermatologic manual. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Still a must have for primary providers
    I previously lauded the 3rd edition. Now I am extremely impressed by the latest edition. There are more pictures and elaborate details about diagnosis and treatment. But what I consider the best improvement are the expanded tables in each chapter. These tables detail recommended evaluations, treatments and differential diagnosis.
    THE BEST GOT BETTER

    5-0 out of 5 stars Detailed yet practical
    I have used this book both for Dermatology class, in my dermatology rotation and in other rotations. It is a great resourse to just look up information. It has great pictures and is easy to sit and read and understand.

    I can say I have definately gotten my money out of this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for the primary care provider...
    ...for it is easy to use, written very clearly and it has wonderful pictures.
    From the moment it was recommeded to me as a student to now, I have used it just about everyday.
    Just as an example, Habif has a wonderful chapter on Acne that allows the primary care provider to manage this condition from its mildest to the more complicated forms. He describes the condition and the treatment options giving us a great resource for care.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
    This book receives a rating of five stars. It is clearly written, easy to understand, comprehensive, and contains practical information accompanied by hundreds of clear color photographs. This book is very helpful to me in my practice and I refer to it often. It really is a standard of excellence. I can't recommend the book more highly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Da Best!
    Without a doubt, the best practical derm book out there to help you wade through the countless derm conditions that can be seen in primary care medicine. Thorough, easy to understand and great pictures. What else can you want in a derm book? ... Read more


    8. Cecil Textbook of Medicine (Cecil Textbook of Medicine)
    by Lee Goldman, Dennis Ausiello
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    Asin: 072169652X
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
    Publisher: W.B. Saunders Company
    Sales Rank: 37206
    Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Cecil Textbook of Medicine has been one of the world's most trusted medical references since its original publication in 1927. In the 22nd edition of this classic text, more than 450 renowned authorities present the very latest clinic knowledge augmented by a superb new full 4-color design and internal navigation system. Here you'll continue to find comprehensive coverage of the scientific foundations and biological basis of disease processes; an introduction to clinical practice protocols; current concepts of pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment -- all presented by distinguished experts in a new user friendly, graphically appealing 4-color format. The core of the text continues to encompass the disorders of the major organ systems, including the approach to the patient, clinical manifestations, diagnostic procedures, and treatment strategies. Text includes a bonus CD-ROM with full text and images with a link to the website. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars CECIL'S FLEXIBILITY IS MILES AHEAD
    Dedicated to health since 1927, Cecil Textbook of Medicine is like wine: the longer you indulge in it, the more captivating it becomes. This 21st edition on CD-ROM exhibits Cecil's wealth of experience in a manner that will make its contemporaries to sulk with envy. It is not just the best in terms of providing succinct information, but also in terms of contents organisation. This CD-ROM remains the 'numero uno' multimedia Textbook of Medicine if flexibility of use is your priority.
    The only minus this book has is that it is not as thorough (in scope) as Kelley's text is.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great outline; easily understandable
    This book was first recommended to me by my consultant in internal medicine, so I decided to purchase a copy. So far I have enjoyed the book tremendously. The outlay is great; the depth of coverage is excellent, and it cuts to the meat of internal medicine without giving you distracting [and often confusing] information. Whenever I wanted a general overview of a topic, I turn to this book. For further studies, I use Harrison's. The standard is a bit high for the average medical student though. But if you are an intern, or an IM resident, you'll find the book an invaluable companion.

    3-0 out of 5 stars I am disappointed
    I know Cecil for several years.
    I am using it together with Harrison for the last 20 years.
    I bought the 22nd edition with the web version.
    It looks wonderful, but....
    Try and compare the chapter on hyponatremia and compare it to Harrison. Try and find Carbamazepine on the list of drugs causing hyponatremia...you cannot find it in Cecil (but it is in Harrison and in the "current").
    What about amiodarone and hyperthyroidsm? It is hardly mentioned in Cecil, and well described in Harrison (and in good old "current").
    So, let's wait to the new edition of Harrison.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cecil
    I first bought this book in Medical School and I still use it almost every week after 14 years. It is thorough and consise-- provides a bit of theory and a lot of practical information in a scholarly style. If youre a reader, get this book-- you may find yourself reading a reference book in your spare time. I would like to go to a physician who used Cecil Medicine as a reference. If youre not a natural reader, forget it and just buy the latest copy of the Washington Manual.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Neither here nor there
    I bought this book before my Medicine rotation (on a deperate, misguided "what if I don't have enough information for this 'oh so important rotation'" impulse) and regretted it. I barely used it, and I much preferred Current. I found that the information was not particularly easy to find. It read more like a storybook. I felt it was time-intensive but not detailed (not like Harrison's). However, it is really a matter of personal preference. Some may like the many diagrams, flow charts, and tables that are given. It also gives a quick review of the relevant basics (pathophysiology, anatomy, etc.). My advice: by the time you get to your Medicine rotation, you should already know your study style and should choose the most appropriate book in accordance. Go to the bookstore and compare the books and see which appeals the most to you. ... Read more


    9. The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy: 17th Edition
    list price: $40.00
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    Asin: 0911910107
    Catlog: Book (1999-03)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 3266
    Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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    The most widely used medical reference in the world–more than 10 million copies sold in 18 languages since it was first published in 1899–revised, updated, and redesigned with more changes than any edition in the past twenty years. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mandatory for all survivalists
    This book MUST be in a survivalist library! It is the authoritive guide to identifying, diagnosing and treating human illness. You'll find nearly all the collected current knowledge of modern medicine within these pages.

    Along with the Bible, this book is the single most important literary resource you can own. The Merck Manual is broken up into sections categorized along types of afflictions and causes, followed by appropriate treatments. Sometimes the language is clinical and can be difficult to follow without an understanding of the terms but most laymen can grasp enough to administer correct emergency medical care when necessary.

    The Merck manual also proves useful when confronting your doctor about your condition or that of a loved one, it enables you to understand the diagnosis and treatment sufficiently to determine if there may be a mistake or a possible side-effect your doctor might not be willing to admit to.

    I also recommend "Where there is no Doctor" and "Where there is no Dentist" to accompany this great book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Bible of Medicine
    Dubbed the Bible of Medicine, the Merck manual is a book condensed enough to cover all the major aspects of of medicine in a text written that even though is targeted towards health care practitioners, can also be used by that layman. Written first at the end of the 19th century, the manual covers nearly most of everything in the medical field. From why epilepsy occurs to that dreadful itchy rash, the topics are concise, up to the point and easy to understand. Even though a home edition exists, the black book can be used by educated people to know anything they would like to know, with the exception of surgery.

    The book is divided into an alphabetical scheme, where all the topics are featured in that order. However that can be confusing as such since the subtopics are not arranged that way. Case in point, if you wanted to search for Candidiasis of the skin, you should not search under C, but S for skin disorders and then follow things through. This can be confusing at first, but then again, this is not an encyclopedia or dictionary of medical terms. The great thing about the book is the way everything is covered in the basic schema of background, signs and symptoms and then therapy. This helps people understand the topic in the right sense and actually makes it stick to your mind for a long time. The book is also good enough to mention the doses of the drugs used to treat an ailment.

    No medical clinician should be out there practicing without the Merck Manual on his desk. This is a quick reference that is essential in the day of evidence based medicine and where the patient is educated enough to be a part of his or her treatment plan and not just the silent recepient. The book can be found in the hard copy format and is available for the PALM, which makes it the best reference carried in a doctor's pocket.

    Very Highly Recommended!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Here's what I think...
    A great medical reference book that has been around forever. Probably more for medical professionals than the lay person though. Also recommend "The Multifidus Back Pain Solution" if you have back pain from lifting patients around all day like I do.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best compact summary of internal medicine
    It's amazing to me that a book like this could still be current. In many ways the Merck Manual is a relic from another age, when doctors had to fit their entire medical libraries and equipment in a stagecoach and specialists were unheard of outside the largest cities.

    It remains a wonderful travel reference for the physician, great vacation reading for the medical student, and an affordable way for the educated layman to pursue a personal interest in medicine.

    A layman who wants to tackle the Merck Manual in its entirety will need a good college science background and a medical dictionary. While this book is very well written, it is quite dense and often assumes a basic knowledge of the medical sciences.

    The Merck manual is probably the only serious medical textbook that is affordable for the general reader. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in medicine--those considering medical school will probably find it especially valuable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Why do so few people own and use this book?
    This book has been a classic and a mirror on medical knowledge
    since its first publication in 1899. By studying the various
    editions of the very many years it has been in existance, you obtain a look into the past and evolution of human knowledge.
    The publication is regularly issued and is now it its 17th edition.

    As the very many other reviews have stated it is an incomparable work for its small overall dimensions containing over 2832 pages in an easy to carry design and format. The paper is of high quality, very thin and long lasting capable of withstanding much abuse.

    The breadth of the subject matter contained therein is beyond the reach of most other medical books except perhaps the excellent medical text entitled "Wilderness Medicine" authored by Auerbach. However the extremely well done full size Auerbach publication is not something you would carry while the Merck Manual is just for that type of instant reference, easy carry availability.
    While the Merck Manual is not and does not pretend to discuss surgery in any depth nor teach any surgical procedures it certainly indicates when surgery is a treatment and does discuss various surgical therapy. An example is Hydrocephalus where within a short space accurate and useful discussion is imparted as to etiology and surgical remedies.
    This book also contains excellent chapters on Pharmacodynamics and Clinical Pharmacology. This is unusual in a general medical text. There are very few medical conditions not addressed in this publication.
    I do not understand why in the United States the Merck Manual is not found on the desk of most physicians. Perhaps its extraordinary overall scope is not as useful as more targeted texts to the specialty practiced. Certainly specialized publications, which Merck is not, are the method to conduct in depth research but to have in such a simple one volume format a fully comprehensive general medical text is a pleasure to possess and use.
    Every medical practitioner should own one. For those who love well done books, it makes wonderful recreational reading as does the Auerbach Wilderness Medicine. Another book to keep nearby is DeGowin and Degowin's "Bedside Diagnostic Examination" which easily fits in a coat pocket.... ... Read more


    10. Emergency Medicine Manual
    by O. John Ma, David M. Cline, Judith E. Tintinalli, Gabor D. Kelen, J. Stephan Stapczynski
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    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    The best-selling pocket reference in emergency medicine! Condenses the essential clinical content from the premier text Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. Includes color photos of dermatologic and ophthalmic conditions, pharmacologic considerations throughout, and tables of critical differential diagnoses. ... Read more


    11. Physical Examination of the Spine and Extremities
    by Stanley Hoppenfeld
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    Asin: 0838578535
    Catlog: Book (1976)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
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    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Text
    This is a great textbook. I am an athletic training student who has used this book. Other good books to use with this one are Evaluation of Orthopedic and Athletic Injuries by Chad Starkey and Special Tests for Orthopedic Examination.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the "Classics" for athletic trainers
    This book by Hoppenfeld is a truly a standard for the athletic training profession. The text is easy to follow and the figures and diagrams are very clear. The book is laid out well and lends itself to study easily. Every athletic training student should have a copy--to study for the NATABOC exam and to use as a daily reference in the "real world" following certification.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Holy Smokes!!
    Get it if you are looking for a good reference book to put on your desk that tells you how to locate various anatomical parts of the body (bones, ligaments, muscles, boney landmarks, various nerves and vessels too). Good pictures and clear explanations make this book a classic. Also liked "Treat Your Own Knees" if you have a lot of knee pain patients.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome book on orhopedics
    The drawings in this book are very clear and effective in explaining the specific anatomical landmarks in the body (i.e. anatomical snuff box, lunate, etc) in order to give a highly effective orthopedic examination. The book is very easy to read without making you read sentences over again in order to understand like in some other texts. The L3, L4, L5, S1 and C5, C6, C7 neurological levels are explained with much detail on how to do muscle tests, reflexes and where to place the pinwheel for dermatome evaluation. This is a must buy for medical students and chiropractic students alike. Being a doctor of chiropractic, I found this book excellent for the boards, especially the neurological level section and orthopedic tests. However, be careful on National board Part 4 exam when doing certain orthopedic tests, make sure to also reference Evan's book (isbn: 0838578535) because some indications for ortho test are a little different and performed slightly differently in both these books. In any event, if you want help with nat'l board review, get the following.
    National Board of Chiropractic Part IV Study Guide: isbn;0974328766 vol 1,
    National Board of Chiropractic Part IV study guide;
    isbn;0974328774 vol 2
    National Board of Chiropractic Part III Study Guide:
    isbn; 0974328723
    National Board of Chiropractic Part II Study Guide:
    isbn;0974328731
    National Board of Chiropractic Part I Study Guide:
    isbn;097432874x
    These books are great along with Hoppenfield's book. These study guides are used by chiropractic students nation wide. They helped me a lot with passing the boards.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Readily applicable and simple to understand
    This is an excellent reference in any clinicians office. I've used this book for the past 6 years as a primary care provider. In fact I always have to re-order it because other practitioners keep on taking it from my office. It is so easy to understand that even my technicians make use of it almost constantly during patient visits. I highly recommend owning this book if you work in any primary care setting ... Read more


    12. The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy, 2005
    by David N., MD. Gilbert, Robert C., MD. Moellering, George M., MD. Eliopoulos, Merle A., MD. Sande
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    13. Merck Index: An Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs, & Biologicals
    by Maryadele J.O'Neil, AnnSmith, Patricia E.Heckelman, SusanBudavari, Merck
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    Asin: 0911910131
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    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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    An extensively revised and updated one-volume encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biologicals that contains more than 10,000 monographs. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars MERCK'S REVELATIONS
    This edition of "The Merck Index: An Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs, & Biologicals" shows remarkable improvement over its predecessor.
    Boasting of diverse groups of chemicals and pharmaceuticals, it is a success in its own right. There are just plenty to be explored! The book brims with accurate up-to-date information. Pharmacists, Medics, Chemists, Biologists, Physicists, Agriculturists, and many other professionals who work with elements, compounds and mixtures will find this book very useful. It is revised, and is complemented with detailed descriptions, which include molecular formulae, molecular weights, as well as the percentage compositions of constituent chemicals in a compound or mixture.
    It is a valuable reference tool.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent chemical reference!
    This book must be the most organized reference book I have ever used. Its so fulfilling to be able to find exactly what you're looking for when you need it. Includes a common name index, chemical formula index, as well as registry numbers, therapeutic categories for drugs, useful tables, and organic chemical equations. highly recommended!

    3-0 out of 5 stars one of those things a chemist shouldn't be without
    While not the first reference book I would recommend for a general library, it is certainly one a library or chemist's office shouldn't be without.

    This is an encyclopedia, with abstracts on zillions of chemicals. Is this the most authoritative book on the planet? No. If you want that, go read Chem Abstracts.

    If you want an handy reference which will give you a pointer in the right direction for information on chemicals/drugs/biologics, then this is for you.

    Got chloroform in your waste water and wondering how it might have inadvertently developed from miscellaneous stuff dumped down the drain? Wow - acetone + bleach powder catalyzed with sulfuric acid = chloroform, with citations.

    Not always the most useful, but definately a good resource.

    1-0 out of 5 stars don't like it
    personally, I think that this index has the most innacurate information available. It never has what most people need and it's too hard to use.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bible for chemists and chemistry students
    This is the most important and useful chemistry book for chemists and advanced level organic chemistry students. It shows all the physical constants, structures, information about synthesis, toxicity and use and reference. Although there are a few sites that provides the free online Merck Index, if you are into organic chemistry, it is not a bad idea to buy this one. It is much cheaper than the CRC Handbook of chemistry and physics! ... Read more


    14. The ICU Book
    by Paul L. Marino
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    Asin: 0683055658
    Catlog: Book (1998-01-15)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars They used this book at my hospital.
    I bought this book because I saw a copy lying around the ICU and flipped through it. It's a great reference text if you need to know how to do something. I actually have it as bedside reading and it does that job poorly because it reads like a manual rather than a book. Also, despite Dr Marino's credentials, he is only one man and is of one opinion and he gives many recommendations that are contrary to current protocol (he also gives reasons and references as to why his way is better). I like his "advantages and disadvantages" evaluations for each procedure/drug/treatment.

    4-0 out of 5 stars icu book
    the book has excellent summaries of pathophys behind what we see/diagnose/measure/do in the icu. the book does have significant drawbacks, though, namely that it is highly biased towards the author's occasionally contraversial opinions. my attendings (all critical care experts) have debated some of his recommendations. also, with the most recent version published in 1997 (and knowing that the acutal revisions were probably done a year or so before that) the book is 5 years behind the times.

    in summary, good book for basics, for understanding how and why, for explanations of procedures and basic protocol. be wary of marino's unusual recommendations. be aware of more current recommendations. use other references as well for broader picture.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite
    This book is rare because it is original. It welcomes you to the real world of critical care as seen by one expert physician. It was probably never intended for quick reference or board prep. The relatively large print and generous spacing make the book bigger but more pleasant to read.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but First Edition Better
    Good book for the fundamentals and the physiology behind the patient care. As a critical care MD, I learned alot form the book during my training, however like another reviewer, I found this edition too long. The first edition (much shorter, and the one I learned from and want back) is much better and about half the pages.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I WORKED WITH DR. MARINO IN THE 80's
    As a former healthcare worker (RRT, CPFT) I had the immense pleasure of working with Dr. Marino in the 1980's. I saw firsthand how his practices were far ahead of those around him. His insights were brilliant and he was very much ahead of the times. This is a man who watched trace elements and used readily available meds to "mop up" free radicals to minimize O2 toxicity. Nobody else was looking at the micro processes of the human body for answers. He successfully weaned the unweanable patients from life support time and time again...simply by pulling some minute fact out of his head that turned out to be what everyone had been missing. Somewhat unconventional, but very very successful! I have since left the healtch care field and now run my own company, so I have nothing to gain here. I swear to you that Paul's patient outcomes were fabulous! I was pretty darn competent with chemistry, physiology, etc. so I feel qualified to review his skills. You should meet this man in person...he is very humble about his abilities...which is rare with someone of his ability. Paul...if you are out there...look me up! I am honored to have worked with you. You were WAY ahead of your time! Jack Marcelis www.JackFlashElectric.com ... Read more


    15. Medical Terminology for Health Professions
    by Ann Ehrlich, Carol L. Schroeder
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    Asin: 0766812979
    Catlog: Book (2000-06-16)
    Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
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    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    This innovative update of the best-selling text, Medical Terminology for Health Professions, targets those who need to grasp the concepts of medical terminology quickly and easily.Written in easy-to-understand language that appeals to all learning types, this book simplifies the process of learning hundreds of difficult to pronounce medical terms into manageable steps.Full-color illustrations and an attractive new design make this book inviting and straightforward to use.Learning exercises included in both the book and the Activity CD-ROM provide valuable interactive practice for the reader as you master the concepts of medical terminology.(KEYWORDS:anatomy, physiology, prefix, suffix, word building, terminology) ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, clear reference with tools to study by.
    This text is a useful and clearly-written terminology book for medical professionals' introduction to the terminology used by physicians every day. Additionally, this would be an excellent, if detailed, reference for the layperson.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not the usual type of book review I give but.....
    I work at a very well known hospital in the suburbs of Boston in a department where medical terminology is a must! Having had no schooling on this particular subject, I was asked to enroll in a course at the hospital specifically for staff. I paid for this book by Ann Ehrlich on the first day of class and have to admit, gasped when I saw the thickness and content of the book. Not having any background on this subject, I expected to have an extremely hard time picking the terminology 'lingo' up but I was in for a pleasant surprise! This book is not only very easy to follow and understand, it's also perfect for a person who is being introduced to the medical world. After a few months, some of the longest and most complicated sounding words are rolling off my tongue. I even amaze myself when I say them! Considering this book is a mandatory part of the hospitals class which consists of hundreds, I'm not at all surprised why they chose this book as the main tool. Yes, we have a doctor assisting us with the words along with the book but I truly believe I could learn this information alone. The book is that clear and easy. So, if you find the need to learn medical terminology and are not as lucky as me in being offered a free class, I'd recommend you buy this book and learn it yourself. This is a book that my hospital has used from edition one according to the instructor. Quick learning at your pace!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great book, but not without flaws.......
    I love the layout of this book. It makes it easy to memorize new terms and to locate information. There are very useful vocabulary lists at the beginning of each chapter. The learning exercises at the end of each chapter easily help you pinpoint areas that need further study. However, the CD has errors. In the first 2 chapters, I have already found 3. For example, I typed in "histologist" as an answer to one of the questions and it said I was incorrect; that the correct answer was histologist! Then it incorrectly matched the pairs "poster/o" and "in front of, before", which is also incorrect. If you study the material throroughly you will be able to recognize these errors. At first I was also disappointed to find there is no answer key to each of the tests at the end of the chapters, but as is turns out, it just causes me to look for the answers to check myself, which just serves to reinforce the learning process, so I see it as a positive now! I'm still glad I got this book and would recommend it for others.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good PRICE
    If your going to - Fairleigh Dickinson University | Medical Coding and Billing you will need this book

    5-0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT BOOK
    This book is awesome. I am using it as a add-on for the medical terminology part for my coding class. The CD that comes with the book is great as well...learning is easier with the CD. You can take quizzes and either print them out or take them over and over again until you understand the material...The author did a great job with this book. I can't say anything bad about this book...its just awesome. I recommend this book to anyone who needs additional help with medical terminology... ... Read more


    16. Drug Facts and Comparisons 2005 (Drug Facts and Comparisons)
    by Facts and Comparisons
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    17. Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations (13 Books in 8 Volumes)
    by Frank H. Netter
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    Asin: 0914168002
    Catlog: Book (1986-06-01)
    Publisher: ICON Learning Systems
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing set of books...
    My father is a doctor (both MD and PhD). He used this set of books once to explain anatomy to me so that I could understand a medical condition we were discussing. The drawings are incredible, Netter must have been a true genius with a passion for his work. What an excellent resource!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The greatest anatomy reference available
    I am an aerospace physician and I routinely use the Netter series, not just for my own personal reference, but to illustrate to patients the anatomy, as well as the pathology of disease processes that they may be facing. It is a well-organized series of illustrations, with excellent descriptions. It is an excellent consolidation of all the commonly required information regarding any given disease process, and functions well as an all-around reference, not just for anatomy. Though some of the text does need to be updated, it still serves as the benchmark of illustrative anatomy and pathology, and is an invaluable addition to the library of all medical personnel, both medical students and physicians alike.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference works for medical education
    I have the whole CIBA set of Frank Netter illustrations, and treasure them both for their fine artistic work and their value as medical reference resources. I found them invaluable during my medical school days, especially for my neuroanatomy classes, and still make reference to them from time to time in my clinical practice. The texts for some of the older volumes need a little updating, but the illustrations are still pertinent, helpful as ever. These are helpful adjuncts to medical students and residents alike. ... Read more


    18. Lippincott's Review for NCLEX-RN (Book with CD-Rom for Windows)
    by Diane McGovern Billings, Diane Billings
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    Asin: 0781730694
    Catlog: Book (2002-01-15)
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    Sales Rank: 13415
    Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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    If you're a senior nursing student, you know that it's impossible to practice too much for the NCLEX. So you'll love the new Lippincott's Review, which gives you over 5,000 exam-style questions with answers and rationales in the book, plus another 1,000 on the companion CD-ROM. By the time you can answer them all correctly, the boards will be a snap. --Carolyn Lewis ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars CGFNS - a breeze thru this tough exam
    This book has a massive collection of questions covering a broad range of topics needed to answer the cgfns exam.
    The CD which is part of this book has a nice program which has a random question generator from the various topics. Extremely helpful to evaluate your performance on the test.
    If you can consistently get over 80% on these practice tests, you've cleared your cgfns test.
    Note: In addition to this book you need to have supplemental study material too. The more the material the better your preparation for this exam.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I pass the NCLEX the first time
    I highly recommend this book esp. if you're out of college for more than 5 years because it would refresh all the knowledge you have learn in school.It really helped me analyze the questions and choose the correct answer.The CD rom was helpful too since it was similar with the actual CAT exam and it would give you alot of practice on how to take the NCLEX under pressure.Good Luck and I hope this book would also be your next bestfriend.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Helpful practice book, but watch for a few things...
    I used this book to study for my finals in nursing school. I noticed that on my final i came across a question very similiar(actually, identicle) to this book. My professor used 5 questions from this review book on the exam.

    My problem with this book was a few things. The wording of questions were ackward. For example, "Impending hypoglycemia" measurement. If anyone knows the meaning to "impending" and what the value range is for hypoglycemia is would understand why there is a flaw in how the question and answer do not match up. If anyone thinks differently, let me know. I think the answer given is incorrect or in the least misleading--needlessly.
    I recommend Mosby's NCLEX- RN made incredibly easy and Kaplan's NCLEX review instead.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Watch out!
    I purchased this book to prepare myself for the NCLEX-RN and was very disappointed with the results. I took MANY of the practice tests on the CDROM and after completing them I would review the questions the computer said I had "missed" only to find that the computer was marking them as the correct answers when I reviewed them. The book says you must score 75% on their practice tests in order to pass boards, and all my results were in the 74-76% range, but with many of the "incorrect" answers ending up being "correct" it did not help me do anything except be very stressed out! I took the Mosby's online practice and scored in the 94th percentile--a more true reflexion of my abilities--I passed boards without any problem, but no thanks to this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great reviewer!
    this book is not for nclex only. this book can be used by any nursing student to review important topic discussed in school.

    the cd is great!!! but why not put more of those questions in the book on the cd? ... Read more


    19. American Medical Association Manual of Style : A Guide for Authors and Editors (AMA)
    by Cheryl Iverson, Annette Flanagin, Phil B., Md. Fontanarosa, Richard M., Md. Glass, Paula Giltman, Jane C. Lantz, Harriet S., Md. Meyer, Jeanette M., Md. Smith, Margaret A., Md. Winker, Roxanne K. Young
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    Asin: 0683402064
    Catlog: Book (1997-12-01)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A style manual you will rarely close
    The specific goal of the American Medical Association Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors is to codify and collect the myriad instructions, rules, and dictums that AMA applies to the many journals, books, and other publications that are printed under its imprint. The more general goal, perhaps not stated, is to broaden the influence of those standards so they encompass more of the medical publishing community.

    The book, developed by a committee of writers, editors, and publishers, is organized around five major categories, Preparing an Article for Publication, Style, Terminology, Measurement and Quantitation, and Technical Information. Each of these categories is, in turn, broken down into chapters that probe various aspects of each category. Finding information is easy, and the writers have used examples generously to make the points clear.

    The first section, Preparing an Article for Publication, is, naturally slanted more toward authors and those who toil to prepare author's manuscripts for publication. There are many guidelines offering advice that ranges from preparing the abstract to preparing any of six different types of acknowledgments. Editors and copy editors would do well to review this chapter as well. The section on citing Web sites alone is crucial reading.

    I suspect, but cannot prove, that many researchers will not read deeply beyond the opening chapter, feeling that the remaining sections are more the province of copy editors and journal editors. Perhaps there is some merit to that line of thinking, but all authors in the medical sciences would benefit from the copious advice here, and the better writers, I'm sure, do follow the principles of grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and usage set forth in the section on style. Common mistakes, such as confusing case and patient, redundancies, and the ever so ticklish topic of race/ethnicity are some of the many points discussed thoroughly.

    The section on terminology is so mind-bogglingly detailed that all one can hope to do is remember that the AMA Style Guide will almost always have the answer if you have a question about an abbreviation (how many times is something mistakenly called an acronym instead of an initialism?), medical nomenclature (a huge chapter that is the heart of the book), or eponyms (which, thanks to this guide may now be a topic we can quit haggling over).

    Measurement and Quantitation continue to be a bane for many writers and editors, though without delving too much into specifics, let's say that this section will answer most questions but not without careful reading and perhaps a look at the Chicago Manual of Style for a bit clearer presentation on this topic. The chapter on statistics, unique to this guide, notes how to express confidence intervals, confirms that the word Student in Student t test is capitalized (sorry, but this text editor on Amazon.com does not display the italic t), provides a list of statistical symbols and abbreviations, and offers valuable tips about displaying equations. And those examples barely hint at the wealth of information here.

    A final section on technical information provides a thumbnail guide to good layout and design of printed materials, worthy sets both of copyediting marks and proofreading marks (which are no doubt often photocopied and posted in a visible location), an excellent primer on how to edit hard copy, and a glossary of publishing terms.

    If you are a medical writer or editor, odds are that you already either have a copy of this guide or you borrow one from a colleague. If you are an aspiring medical communicator, you will need your own copy so you can mark in it, attach tabs, and leave open on your desk.

    5-0 out of 5 stars thank you cheryl Ă½verson for that work
    I read the book , I feel that work is very nice ,and I give that 5 star ,

    4-0 out of 5 stars I recommend it for all medical writers
    I really liked this book. I was searching for such a useful manual for a long time, and at last found it! It is not only helpful and authorative but also written in a very user-friendly fashion. All those who are involved in medical writing can learn from (and perhaps enjoy) this book. Go on and take a look at it before starting to write your next piece! ... Read more


    20. Maxwell Quick Medical Reference
    by Robert W. Maxwell, Elizabeth Maletz
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    Asin: 0964519127
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-15)
    Publisher: Maxwell Pub. Co.
    Sales Rank: 14302
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    The Maxwell Quick Medical Reference includes essential information used in everyday medical practice. Color-coded pages group information by topic and make it quickly accessible while heavy cardstock paper and plastic spiral binding make the book durable day-in and day-out. Pocket size allows it to go anywhere - the wards, E.R., O.R., or clinic.This inexpensive small text can save you time at work and make you look good in the process. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best value for the money
    I've seen attendings who have been out in the field for decades quietly slip this little gem from their pockets to get a quick peek. Not many pages, and each one stuffed with invaluable information. The only drawback is the small font size, with is a common problem for pocket references. I've just made sure I carry a pocket sized magnifying glass with me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential
    The most used book in my coat pocket. It didn't matter what rotation I was on this book is always in my coat pocket and is frequently used.

    I also found this book to be pretty durable. I carried the same book in my pocket every day of my 3rd and 4th year of medical school and it is still holding up great through a lot of tough use.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must have for M3 year!
    If you buy one book to keep in your white coat, make it this one. For a small book that will easily fit into any pocket, it contains guidelines for writing admission, discharge, and other notes commonly encountered on medicine, surgery, and ob-gyn rotations. It also includes commonly used formulas and cheat sheets for H&Ps and the neuro and the minimental status exam.
    A great deal for a book that you're likely to use through the rest of your medical training!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A little gem!
    This pocket reference contains a plethora of useful information, from SOAP notes to lab values, dermatomes to ECG axis determination. Every time we use ours on the floor (which is every day!), someone looks over our shoulders to see what we're using... and then the next day we find they've bought one! A must-have survival item for the floors. ... Read more


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