Illustrated internal medicine book features UNC faculty, famous artwork

CHAPEL HILL -- For the first time in 15 years, busy and time-pressured doctors seeking the most current information on everyday medical problems have a solid alternative to the exhaustive and massive texts currently in use.

Now they can turn to "Netter's Internal Medicine," a practical and highly visual clinical guide covering the major diseases of specific medical specialties in 1,100 pages.

The artwork of the late Dr. Frank H. Netter, considered by many to be the foremost medical illustrator of the 20th century, illustrates the book's 152 chapters. Netter's works are found on the walls of doctor's offices, grade school bulletin boards, and in the textbooks of medical, nursing, dentistry and pharmacy students worldwide.

"Internists, both generalists and subspecialists, now must process a seemingly endless amount of information in their daily life to provide their patients with the best possible care," said the book's co-editor, Dr. Marschall S. Runge, professor and chairman in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine's department of medicine.

"This challenge is magnified by the demands of increasing patient volume and the attendant paperwork, which constrain the time to read."

The possibility of using Netter's artwork in a textbook of general internal medicine presented an opportunity to provide a useful, practical resource to making learning an easier process for clinicians, said Runge and co-editor Dr. M. Andrew Greganti, professor and vice chairman in UNC's department of medicine.

The textbook also provides an ongoing source for educating patients, they added.

Published by Icon Learning Systems, "Netter's Internal Medicine" is the first new internal medicine text in more than a decade. The book is designed to present key clinical information in an easy-to-use, quick-study format.

Runge and Greganti said they had wanted to avoid writing another exhaustive text that would

Contact: Leslie Lang
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

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