Pocket textbook of medicine 4th edition:
Anyone who has been on an internal medicine rotation in a hospital book must have surely noticed the little Red
Pocket Medicine Book, which in its newest version is actually now a Green Book, published by the Massachusetts General Hospital and Lippincott
Williams & Wilkins.This concise, pocket-size (perfect fit for a white coat) is a lifesaver for anyone in internal medicine. It’s thorough, evidence-based and has
saved my butt many times on the ward. It’s one of the best references for medical students, residents and even attending staff use it,
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if you are able to cover and master the material in this small book, you’ll easily be at a resident level, maybe even a senior resident. The downside is the book is
compact. It’s hard to learn the basics from it if you’ve never covered the contents before. If you’re lost at how to approach a problem, this book will tell you the
essentials needed for the best standard of care in just a couple of pages.
This book is an excellent reference and quick guide to all the major systems and disease processes in internal medicine. It is evidence based, compact and complete with its depth of knowledge. The downside if you’re for Canada is that it uses American units for lab values/dosages.
I highly recommend anyone considering internal medicine to buy this right away and start learning proven and evidence based medicine! If your school subsidises the purchase, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have one. A genuine lifesaver (saves patients and saves you from making mistakes) on the wards. It’s the one book I make sure I carry with me whenever I am on call.