Evidence-based textbook of internal medicine (Szczeklik’s Internal Medicine)
Medycyna Praktyczna (MP) is a publishing house founded in 1990 in Krakow soon after political transformation in Poland. Its objective is to provide physicians with current and reliable medical knowledge. MP is the top brand among the Polish medical community. It is an undisputed leader both in terms of the number of publications (both paper and electronic) and cooperating authors (Polish and foreign) as well as the organization of continuing education conferences and workshops for physicians.
MP has been a pioneer in propagating evidence-based medicine (EBM) in Poland and closely collaborates with world’s leading experts in EBM from, among others, McMaster University in Canada – the members of the MP’s Scientific Board include Professors Deborah Cook, Gordon Guyatt, Brian Haynes, Roman Jaeschke, Paul O’Byrne, and Holger Schunemann.
Target market for Szczeklik’s Internal Medicine are specialists in internal medicine (internists), subspecialist (cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, nephrology, hematology, rheumatology, etc.), family physicians, medical students.
The Szczeklik’s Internal Medicine textbook is the main source of knowledge on internal diseases for physicians in Poland.
320 specialists in different areas of internal medicine and 20 medical editors participate in this project. The title of the textbook, Szczeklik’s Internal Medicine, commemorates its first chief editor – Professor Andrzej Szczeklik – who passed away in 2012 and was one of the most prominent Polish physicians and world-renowned scientists.
The project is supervised by Piotr Gajewski, MD, PhD, FACP. For the past 20 years he has been the editor-in-chief of a monthly, Medycyna Praktyczna, the major educational internal medicine journal in Poland. Moreover, he is the Secretary of the Executive Board of the Polish Society of Internal Medicine and the Chair of the Postgraduate and Continuous Education Committee of the Polish Society of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and an editor and coauthor of the Polish textbook of EBM.
Szczeklik’s Internal Medicine has been published in Poland since 2005 as the original product of Medycyna Praktyczna. It is being created continuously (!) and follows the principles of EBM.
It reflects current knowledge and is based mainly on:
1) the most recent clinical practice guidelines developed by renowned national and international scientific societies and by the World Health Organization
2) the most recent, reliable, and clinically relevant studies.
It is being kept up to date by means of:
1) continuous searching for practice guidelines and important clinical trials in the top medical journals
2) assessment of the reliability and clinical significance of selected guidelines and clinical trials
3) assessment of the necessity to introduce changes to the textbook
4) immediate introduction of the required changes to the textbook (within up to 1 month)
Moreover the content of the textbook is continuously refined – new text and figures are added as well as new chapters.