The goal of The Saint-Chopra Guide to Inpatient Medicine is to provide medical students, house officers, physician assistants/advanced practice providers, hospitalists, and other inpatient clinicians a resource and framework for diagnosing and treating patients who require hospitalization. This fourth edition is very much like the first three in its scope and organization, but with the addition of several new sections including Perioperative Medicine and Procedures. The specific focus of The Saint-Chopra Guide is to help the reader, first, to generate a differential diagnosis and, then, to develop an approach that correctly diagnoses and treats a patient’s problems. While not every topic in clinical medicine is covered, most of the important areas that an inpatient provider needs to know are summarized in a succinct and user-friendly manner. The liberal use of tables, figures, mnemonics, and “Hot Keys” are designed to help the reader remember the large amount of clinical information required to care for hospitalized patients.
A few references—both recent and older (especially when they are considered “classic” articles on a topic)—are included after each chapter for those interested in exploring the topic in more detail. Importantly, reading this manual does not obviate the need to also review more comprehensive sources of clinical information (print or Web based) when caring for patients. The proper role of The Saint-Chopra Guide is to provide an overview of a topic when the reader has only a few minutes to read something before evaluating a patient (being admitted with upper gastrointestinal bleeding, for example) or to prepare to discuss a clinical problem (such as hyponatremia) before rounds. Additionally, the book can be reviewed (or better yet, re-reviewed) when preparing for standardized board-type exams or oral quizzes. Each chapter is written to ensure that it is both current and concise. This is a book that is intended for daily use when you are on the hospital wards.
Thank you for using it, and we hope it helps you provide better care to your patients.
Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH
Vineet Chopra, MD, MSc