The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy 1992, 16th Edition
This is serious stuff. The most widely used medical text in the world and the hypochondriac's bible, the Merck has the lowdown on the vast expanse of human diseases, disorders and injuries, as well as their symptoms and recommended therapy. It's intended for physicians and medical students, but though the type is tiny and the language technical, the Merck's a valuable volu...more
Hardcover, 2165 pages
Published October 28th 1992 by Merck Publishing Group
(first published January 1st 1950)
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This book is a lot of fun. Yes, it was the standard text for doctors who wanted to quickly check a diagnosis. Now that's done by computer. But having the print copy is more fun. You can read straight through it, or choose your favorite sections, such as Infectious Diseases. There's a wonderful game my family used to play with it, a version of 20 Questions. Someone is the disease, and the rest have to take turns asking the disease characteristics. Whoever diagnoses the disease first, wins, and be...more
This is a great reference book, a must-have for anyone studying medicine or working in the medical and health professions. It is user-friendly, sectioned and tabbed by system or subject, though the small typeface may be difficult for some to read.