The Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Internal Medicine

Quick access to key clinical information and solutions to common problems in internal medicine – as close as your pocket! Pocket Medicine, Sixth Edition, is your go-to resource for fast answers to diagnostic questions you’ll face on rounds and exams. Prepared by residents and attending physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital, this portable, best-selling reference tackles the diagnosis and treatment of the most common disorders in cardiology, pulmonary medicine, gastroenterology, nephrology, hematology-oncology, infectious diseases, endocrinology, rheumatology, and neurology. Bulleted lists, tables, and algorithms focus on the information you need in order to make an accurate diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.
Completely updated throughout to keep you current with what’s new in internal medicine.
6-ring looseleaf binder accommodates notes and is small enough to fit in a pocket.
16-page color insert displays classic normal and abnormal radiographs, CT scans, echocardiograms, peripheral blood smears, and urinalyses commonly seen in the practice of internal medicine.
User-friendly tabs and a 2-color design help you find information quickly.
References to landmark papers help you answer questions from attendings and residents – all from a trusted source acceptable for use on rounds.
Surgical, OB-GYN, and ophthalmic consult section guides you to ask the right questions and get the best care for your patients.
Ideal for medical students, interns, residents, advanced practice nurses, PAs, and candidates reviewing for internal medicine board exams.

Great during the wards. If you are not sure how to interpret lab values or how to do a workup for a particular patient it is a great reference to see what the cut offs are. It is great for both diagnostic workup and treatment. If you are going to get pimped or asked to give a presentation you can always fall back on this book or the references they provide. It is a great summary, if you do not have equations memorized or if your institution does not have uptodate for you to look up a concept/do not have time to read an article. It is also faster than looking through pubmed and NEJM for a review article explaining the topic as it is a great summary of important points. It is light. It also comes with the hardcover sleeve and if needed the book can accomdate more pages so if you want to add other loose leafs you can. I am not sure how different this is from the previous purple book. I carried that one around and it had similar pages and organization. The purple book a borrowed from a friend. There are a few new references from 2013 onwards that were not in the purple book. I will update the review when I do an actual side to side comparison.

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