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    Medical Economics Staff, Physicians' Desk Reference, 2001 (Bookstore Version). Montvale, N.J. : Medical Economics Company, 2001.To order, click here.

    My inclusion in this bookstore of this massive volume of over 3,000 large pages, the ubiquitous PDR, demonstrates that I believe that scientific facts play a large role in medicine and the use of drugs. Obviously, I believe that this involves much more than intuition and reflection. Here we have the bible of virtually all legal medicines, a volume that is found in every doctor's office. I recommend it as a reference encyclopedia for laymen as well.

    An exact copy of the product's government approved labeling, the so-called package insert that explains the proper usages and hazards of the drug. These drug listings are authoritative and detailed, reflecting the results of experiments and investigations carried out under the supervision of the Food and Drug Administration.

    There is no editorializing or commenting that goes beyond the exact language of the government-approved descriptions of the drugs. That is good and bad. Good: here you can find the distilled wisdom of the medical and scientific leaders who participate in the process of approving and describing legal drugs in America. Bad: these are always compromise decisions, stated in highly technical language, and they rarely take into account the views of intelligent medical dissenters.

    That is why books like Worst Pills, Best Pills are so valuable. They bring into play the views of medical experts who rely on the basic data in the PDR, use simpler language, and then go on to add important views on how the drugs should be used or not used. There are other books like WP,BP that you can find by browsing among the related books listed by or any good library.

    If you are not a physician or medical professional, it is not vital that you buy the massive PDR but it is vital that you have periodic access to one, at a library or doctor's office. If you can afford to do so, buy the latest annual edition of this big volume every few years. That should be sufficient for the layperson seeking to get reliable drug information.

    You might also consider buying used copies of this big book that are often offered for sale on at greatly reduced prices. They are usually listed right next to the new copies.

    I find even an out-of-date PDR helpful in my professional work and also in dealing with my own medicines and those of my family members. Of course, it is often necessary to seek the latest information on a drug or medicine from other sources or from the most recent PDR in a library.

    The publishers of the original PDR have produced a whole series of related books and electronic devices that cover vast areas of medicine and drugs. They are easily found in the listings. One of the best is The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs. It is shorter, easier to read, and a lot cheaper; my 3rd edition lists for $6.99 US and $9.99 for Canada. These pocket book versions of the PDR apparently sell like hot cakes. You may want to order one in advance so as to reserve a copy.

    To order the latest edition of the pocket guide, click here.

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