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Valuable Med Books
July 2000

Q. What would you consider to be the most valuable books for a recent med school graduate? I want to help my intern build his library, and quite frankly, I could use some good information as well!

A. This is a very interesting question. The basic answer depends in part on the specialty of this recent medical school graduate. For example, Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine is one of the classic medicine textbooks, but would not be that helpful for a person going into surgery.

Another important factor is the amount of money you are interested in paying. The Harrison textbook I just mentioned very well could cost over $100. Other very practical books are available for the intern (many small enough to fit into a coat pocket). The most popular of these come from the publishing house of Little, Brown and Company. I was not able to find a URL for this company, but you could call a medical book store, and the staff will certainly know about the Little Brown series.

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