This medical companion first appeared in 1986 with the purpose of covering the knowledge base and practice of medicine for both health professionals and laypersons and was quite popular. The 1994 companion has new and highly qualified editors, has been reduced to one volume, and is almost completely rewritten with the same purpose in mind.
The entries are alphabetically arranged with prominent scientists noted, most currently used terms defined, and some world-famous institutions discussed. There are in-depth, remarkably farseeing, and mature essays on approximately 200 subjects that each fill two to eight pages, covering the most important advances and trends in today's medicine. Some photographic and chart illustrations and many tables embellish these, and some have short current bibliographies to further enhance. The entries are not only well written, but are often prepared by leaders writing about their own fields.
The strength of this volume is in the in-depth essays.