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Cecil Medicine vs. Cecil Essentials of Medicine

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Just wanted to see what peoples' opinions are of the above two books.


The Cecil Medicine is a hefty book (>3000 pages) and previous posts seem to recommend a Cecil book for the IM rotation. I'm just not sure which (i.e. the "Essentials" or the full length one) is recommended?





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I prefered the Essentials Version. The text is much clearer, there are some nice colorful pictures and diagrams and there's definitely not a paucity of information. For a more detailed (though less well explained) textbook for Medicine, especially if you're planning on Internal Medicine, I would go for the Harrison's complete version rather than the Cecil's, but the Cecil's Essentials is definitely a nice one to have for clerkship (and residency).




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