How does this book differ from the standard textbooks of medicine? In the preface, the editor states that the book focuses on "patient management in a broad range of diseases and disorders [as practiced] by the specialists and superspecialists of the major private clinics in the United States." He notes that such clinics are committed to excellence in medical care and to cost-efficient practices. The editor further notes that the authors tried to be thorough but make no claim to cover completely the clinical practice of internal medicine.
The text was written by approximately 270 contributing authors who practice at 14 reputable private clinics, including the Cleveland Clinic, Lahey Clinic (Burlington, Mass), Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn), Ochsner Clinic (New Orleans), and Palo Alto (Calif) Medical Clinic. It includes 232 chapters divided among one section on general patient care and 13 sections based on organ systems. At the end of each