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Yale J Biol Med. 2010 June; 83(2): 109–110.
Published online 2010 June.
PMCID: PMC2892767

Case Files Internal Medicine

Reviewed by Frederick Wang

Eugene C. Toy, John T. Patlan 
Case Files Internal Medicine.
3rd edition. 2009. McGraw-Hill Companies: New York. ISBN: (Softcover) 978-0071421911. US $32.95 580 p

Case Files Internal Medicine (3rd edition) is an excellent internal medicine review book written especially for medical students in their clinical years. It is perfect for clerkships, sub-internships, shelf, and USMLE exams. Sized to fit in the pocket of a white coat for easy portability, this book offers an engaging and high-yield review of internal medicine. It promotes active learning, using patient presentations and thought-provoking questions to encourage deeper thinking about clinical problems. The format will be comfortable for anyone who has spent time on the wards learning from patients and engaging in problem-based learning. The introduction begins with an explanation of how to think clinically and to maximize the use of the content. Sixty cases are presented that cover a wide spectrum of commonly encountered diagnoses seen in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Each case presentation is followed by a prompt for the diagnosis and the next step in management or treatment. These are followed by discussions on pathophysiology and clinical management, several boards-style questions, and lists of clinical pearls that all serve to reinforce concepts for the student. The questions reflect what would be seen on shelf and USMLE exams, and the answer explanations are cogent and relevant, especially when used in combination with the topic reviews. References are provided at the end of each case for students who desire to study more in-depth material. Overall, the writing is simple and easy to understand, and the images, algorithms, tables, and clinical pearls emphasize key points that can easily be found for future reference. This book is highly recommended to supplement internal medicine clerkships and sub-internships and to prepare for shelf and USMLE exams.

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