Internal Medicine is designed to provide the busy clinician
with precisely the information needed where and when it is
needed. The Associate Editors and contributors are internationally
recognized authorities, and they have organized the
content specifically so as to convey the essentials necessary for
diagnosis, differential diagnosis, management, treatment and
follow-up. Many topics start with a “What To Do First” heading
which brings the collective experience and guidance of top
experts to bear on the “up front” considerations the clinician
The overall approach to learning medicine can be summed up in two questions: What is it? What do you do for it? The
goal is to have a concise review that is readable and easy to follow with algorithms, diagrams, radiographs, and pathologic findings.
This book is divided into subspecialty topics, each chapter written by an author(s) with clinical expertise in the designated
topic. Images and tables are provided. Each chapter has bulleted items that highlight key points. These may be summary points
from previous paragraphs or new points. Bulleted items also address typical clinical scenarios.
To see the world as a web of information is a recent view. Humanity has contemplated
the source and character of our knowledge since the dawn of time, but the
present technologically oriented civilization demands a more concrete concept.
Knowledge has been replaced by information. The information has to be carried
by physical objects, and these are described by the theories of physics. Thus, we
have to develop a theory for information coded in physical objects.
Long ago, scientists developed formal descriptions of classical information
transfer and its manipulation.