Conn’s Current Therapy 2018
70th Anniversary edition
Edited by Rick Kellerman and Edward Bope
Published by Elsevier (January 2018)
I doubt if many medical textbooks can compete with the badge of honour of sprouting a 70th edition (yes seventy) but this book can proudly claim this honour. It first appeared in 1948 and is still here in 2018. This means this book becomes a huge and always in progress, impressive body of work which is in constant evolution. So great credit goes to the editors who continually strive to keep this book ever current (as stated in the title) and keep all the contributors on their toes. As well as the content constantly changing, it seems that the authors are often changed with the aim I would suspect to keep the book fresh, relevant and useful to its readership.
The readership is potentially very wide, as this is an excellent general textbook of medicine which has the added plus of being regularly refreshed. Although the title does say current therapy, it covers far more than this. So it is an excellent general reference source for primary care or for general medicine which will interest many healthcare professionals throughout the world. Although many of the authors are from North America, the subject matter is useful for a global audience. Even better, there is a huge volume of material available for the reader. The book is primarily text based but good use is made of boxes and tables whilst the main text is broken up into easily readable sections. It is brimming with knowledge and advice and clearly uptodate and care is taken that it is relevant for a practicing clinician.
It has an illustrious past but past performance is not always a good guide to future usefulness but I am sure this book will go from strength to strength. It has moved with the times, it is a modern and well produced textbook and reference source. It reflects current accepted practice and it is also well entrenched with the digital era. Within the purchase price, there is a web version and app for tablets and smartphones. It comes from the publisher’s tried and trusted stable of digital resources. Quite simply, it is easy to use and works well.
I don’t think you need to get a new edition of this book every time it appears but it will provide a modern approach to a wide range of medical issues for a large audience. It is not cheap but equally it is not that expensive and you get plenty for your money. Built in with the price is a trusted brand that appears to value quality control.
Considering this is book with many contributors and constantly rotating content, the editors have done a fine job of welding all this content together to produce a very good textbook. The quality, depth and width of material is excellent. Here’s to the next 70 years!
Dr Harry Brown