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Physicians' Desk Reference: 50 Years Later



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Am Fam Physician. 2001 Aug 15;64(4):564.

to the editor:Your highlights of 50 years of family medicine prompted me to compare the 4th edition of Physicians' Desk Reference of 1950 with the 54th edition of 2000.

The 1950 edition has 428 pages of drug descriptions and weighs 1 ¾ lb. The 54th edition has 3,252 pages and weighs 8 ¼ lb.

We have, as they say, come a long way.

Send letters to Kenneth W. Lin, MD, MPH, Associate Deputy Editor for AFP Online, e-mail: afplet@aafp.org, or 11400 Tomahawk Creek Pkwy., Leawood, KS 66211-2680.

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