Something. . . Wonderful — Perfect, In Fact — From 2009

I’ll simply reprint my December 6, 2009 post — from long before the latest travails; long before late August 2012, and also long before July 10, 2013. And. . . this update belongs here because henceforth, the Merck Manuals will be digital only.

There will be no more printed versions — after over 100 years. And that’s the kind of change — that’s a good thing. Onward.

December 6, 2009: I spend a lot of time on this blog critiquing the moves of New Merck (as the successor-in-interest to Schering-Plough, as of November 4, 2009), but this — I must say — is at least one thing that Merck has gotten absolutely right.

Perfect, in fact.

For a year or so now, Merck’s Manual has been available as an application for PDAs. The iPhone version is both beautiful, and elegantly functional. [The image above is courtesy AgilePartners; you may puchase it there as well — via this link.] Having it around, in digital form, at a moment’s tap, whether one is in the high Andes, in the rolling hills of northwestern Ireland, or the deserts of Arizona — or even on the southern tip of Florida Keys — is far easier than traveling with that hard-copy, wonderful, but weighty tome in tow.

So — well done, Merck — spot on! Highly recommended:

. . . .Based on the world’s most widely used textbook of medicine—The Merck Manual—but written in everyday language by 300 outstanding contributors. . . .

Not entirely unrelated aside: The New York Times is running a very long article this afternoon — on how Apple’s App Store has so completely overwhelmed older methods of distribution — that now each competing smartphone (or software platform) is offering its own App Catalog (Palm; WebOS), Windows Marketplace for Mobile (Microsoft; WindowsME), Android Marketplace (Google; Android) and Owners’ Lounge (Blackberry; RIM).

And each of these is sure to soon have (or already does have) the Merck Manuals in smartphone-accessible forms. Well, nothing exceeds like. . . excess, eh?

And so. . . all of life. . . is about moving toward — or away — from something, or someone. I’m. . . out.

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