Extensively revised, the Centennial Edition of The Merck Manual reflects the ever-increasing and rapidly changing body of medical knowledge. New additions include cutting-edge information on topics such as drug therapy for the elderly, rehabilitation, care of the dying, Gulf War syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome. The Centennial Edition also has been completely redesigned into an easy-to-read two-column format. It is nearly 3,000 pages, divided into 23 thumb-indexed sections.
"The more specialized the practice of medicine becomes, the more important information becomes," said Co-Editor Mark H. Beers, M.D. "Specialists as well as generalists must at some time quickly access information about other specialties. And that is the time to reach for the up-to-date Centennial Edition."
Throughout its 100-year old history, reach for it they have. From Admiral Byrd to Albert Schweitzer to Peace Corps volunteers, from medical students to pharmacists, The Merck Manual has provided trusted and accurate information.
"It's reassuring to have it available," said Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Chancellor Emeritus, Baylor College of Medicine, and a pioneer of 20th Century medicine. "It's almost like having a dictionary when you want to look up a word and know the exact meaning of it."
A Century of Trust
To celebrate the 100-year milestone, the Centennial Edition is packaged with a complimentary facsimile of the 192-page First Edition. Comparing Merck's 1899 Manual, as it was called, with the new Centennial Edition offers a glimpse of how much has changed, and yet stayed the same, in medicine during the last century.
For example, in the facsimile one will find tobacco listed as a possible
treatment for asthma. New to the Centennial Edition are stepwise treatment
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