Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 18th Edition (Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine (2v.)) Hardcover – 1 Aug 2011
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About the Author
About the Editors
Dan L. Longo, MD,
Lecturer, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Senior Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Deputy Editor, New England Journal of Medicine
Adjunct Investigator, National Institute of Aging
National Institutes of Health
Dennis L. Kasper, MD
William Ellery Channing Professor of Medicine
Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Harvard Medical School
Director, Channing Laboratory, Department of Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital
J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD
Robert G. Dunlap Professor of Medicine
Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Executive Vice-President of the University of
Pennsylvania for the Health System
Anthony S. Fauci, MD
Chief, Laboratory of Immunoregulation
Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
Diseases, National Institute of Health
Stephen L. Hauser, MD
Robert A. Fishman Distinguished Professor and Chairman
Department of Neurology
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Joseph Loscalzo, MD, PhD
Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Chairman,Department of Medicine
Physician-in-Chief, Brigham and Women's Hospital
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Top Customer Reviews
Overall the depth of information is inbetween that of Davidson's at the lower end and the oxford textbook of medicine at the top end. At about 3800 pages its conceivable that one can study most of Harrisons and it won't sit on the shelf merely looking good, which it does handsomely.
For someone more used to Davidson's as a one stop medical resource the chapter organization needs a little getting used to. Cardinal presentations of disease have their own chapter instead of appearing at the start of subject specific chapters and topics such as lung cancer are also located in their own oncology chapter. Metabolic disease and endocrinology are lumped into one chapter. But lets not trouble ourselves too much with the layout. For me it works and its nice to read the cardinal presentations chapter which spreads over 300 pages in its entirety as a practical approach to internal medicine in general.
Many sections of the book are simply awesome such as the 700 page infectious diseases chapter which is a goldmine of in depth information.
However, I have some criticisms of Harrison's:
Whilst it does not purport to be a manual of medicine I wish it was more practical in terms of the management sections. I will use the stable angina chapter as an example. The tables of drugs have a dose column but this is generally the maximum dose. e.g. for bisoprolo it shows 10mg. Nowhere does it say anything about practically how to start the bblocker e.g. why not just have another column of 'initital dose'. This is the case for many chapters which might for example say treat with furosemide but give no information at all on a suggested dose. So its not a book you could use at the coal face of medicine.Read more ›
Contents are more widely covered
Price is really competitive
To my opinion this is a textbook that should be in the library of every student or junior doctor
I would recommend you something about the packaging: as the book is a heavy item, you need to add more disposable material - paper or something - around it within the outer cardboard, to pad it more efficiently. Mine was a little bumped in the corners and the edges. Nothing that justifies returning the order but something that would had been better to avoid when you care about books (the contents and the cover).
It's the only reason I've ratted it with 4 stars instead of 5 (otherwise it deserved 6 stars in 5...).
Jaffar Allawi MD,
A good book, a little confusing and redundant sometimes, but on the overall it has almost everything you need to know about internal medicine. You'll get what you paid for.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good! it is the Bible of Internal Medicine.I studied Medicine with it and the new version is amazingPublished 17 months ago by Ramon Simon Lopez
well I have the hard cover. But this is now on my ipad and I can read it in bed without injuring myself. Everybody needs to read this book if they want to be a good doctor.Published 18 months ago by Chef
Best book for internal medicine, good for students and doctors. Every chapter is explained in a simple and understanding way make it amazing to read :-)Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
poor paper quality, yet it's all there. A good reference to have at hand, although in my opinion Kumar and Clark is a better balanced textPublished on 6 April 2014 by Pedro Cabral
The book is perfect and except for this, the purchase is good enough. The time you've to wait for is not too long and the book is send with no harm. Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2013 by Begoña
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