Most Trusted Medical Reference Hits Century Mark
Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, April 22, 1999 - The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, the most widely used general medical textbook in the world, celebrates its 100th birthday today with the publication of the new Centennial Edition.
The oldest continuously published medical textbook in the English language, 17 editions of The Merck Manual have been published since 1899 as a non-profit service to the scientific community by Merck & Co., Inc., a worldwide leader in the discovery of medicines. More than 10 million copies have been sold worldwide in 16 languages.
According to Co-Editor Robert Berkow, M.D., a physician who has served as editor-in-chief of The Merck Manual since 1974, the explosion in medical technology, information, diagnosis and treatment makes the Centennial Edition a vital necessity for today's clinicians. "The Centennial Edition includes more updates and revisions than any edition in the past 20 years," he said. "Yet the premise behind the book remains constant: To help clinicians achieve the best care for patients by providing information that is current, concise, and complete, because, as stated in every edition, 'Memory is treacherous.'"
The Merck Manual delivers useful, peer-reviewed information to practicing physicians, nurses, chiropractors, dentists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, students, and other health care professionals. The book covers all subjects expected in a textbook of internal medicine, as well as detailed information on pediatrics, geriatrics, gynecology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, dental disorders, and other special subjects.
Although The Merck Manual always has been written for the benefit of practicing
physicians and other health care professionals, for many years it also was a
favorite reference for non-professionals. This led to the introduction in 1997
of a consumer version of the
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