4th out of 40 books — 15 voters
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, 17th Edition (Centennial Edition)
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.
Leather Bound, 2833 pages
Published March 5th 1999 by John Wiley & Sons
(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