Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine
Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine is an American textbook of internal medicine. First published in 1950, it is presently in its 18th edition (published in July 2011 by McGraw-Hill) and comes in two volumes. Although it is aimed at all members of the medical profession, it is mainly used by internists and junior doctors in this field, as well as medical students. It is widely regarded as one of the most authoritative books on internal medicine and has been described as the "most recognized book in all of medicine."
The work is named after Tinsley R. Harrison of Birmingham, Alabama, who served as editor-in-chief of the first five editions and established the format of the work: a strong basis of clinical medicine interwoven with an understanding of pathophysiology.
Dr. Harrison's quote appeared on the first edition of this book in 1950:
|“||No greater opportunity or obligation can fall the lot of a human being than to be a physician. In the care of suffering he needs technical skill, scientific knowledge and human understanding. He who uses these with courage, humility and wisdom will provide a unique service to his fellow man and will build an enduring edifice of character within himself. The physician should ask of his destiny no more than this and he should be content with no less.||”|
The 17th edition of the textbook is dedicated to Dr. George W. Thorn, who was editor of the first seven editions of the book and editor in chief of the eighth edition. He died in 2004.
The 18th edition of the book has been edited by Dan L. Longo, Anthony Fauci, Dennis Kasper, Stephen Hauser, J.Jerry Jameson and Joseph Loscalzo. New chapters added, include: "Systems Biology in Health and Disease," "The Human Microbiome," "The Biology of Aging," and "Neuropsychiatric Illnesses in War Veterans."
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- Kasper DL, Braunwald E, Fauci AS, Hauser SL, Longo DL, Jameson JL, Loscalzo J. (2008). Harrison's principles of internal medicine (17th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill Medical Publishing Division. ISBN 978-0-07-146633-2.
- Harrison's Official Website
- Harrison's Online, featuring the complete contents of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 18th Edition
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