The "Physician's Handbook" is an amazingly complete manual, which could serve as a most convenient pocket reference until more complete sources of material may be consulted. However, the scope of the volume precludes the possibility of emphasis on, or completeness of, information pertinent to any particular specialty. This limitation particularly applies, in the reviewer's opinion, to pediatric coverage. It would seem that the "Handbook" would serve best at the intern and resident level and for the physician in general practice.
The excellent exposition of clinical tests and laboratory procedures, as well as the tabulation of a wide variety of normal values, is undoubtedly the most useful feature of the book.