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Citations for books, chapters in books, etc. should include the following basic information. Not every book will have all of these elements:

1. Authors’ last name followed by his/her/their first and middle initials
2. Chapter title
3. Last name and first and middle initials of book authors or editors (or translator, if
4. Title of book and subtitle, if any -- in italics
5. Volume number and volume title, when there is more than 1 volume
6. Edition (do not indicate 1st)
7. Place of publication
8. Publisher
9. Year of copyright
10. Page numbers, when specific pages are cited

According to the AMA Manual of Style, 10th ed, 2007, a book should be cited in the following ways depending on its nature:

Book with one author or editor
Davis NM. Medical Abbreviations: 26,000 Conveniences at the Expense of Communications and Safety. 12th ed. Huntingdon Valley, PA: Neil M.Davis Associates; 2005:173.

McEvoy GK, ed in chief, Snow ED, ed. AHFS: Drug Information. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; 2008:1125-1126.

Book with two or more authors/editors
Aronoff GR, Berns JS, Brier ME, et al. Drug Prescribing in Renal Failure. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: American College of Physicians; 1999:39.

Dukes MNG, Aronson JK, eds. Meyler’s Side Effects of Drugs. 14th ed. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier; 2000:xvi-xvii.

Chapter in book
Wallace RJ Jr, Griffith DE. Antimycobacterial agents. In: Kasper DL, Fauci AS, Longo DL, Braunwald E, Hauser SL, Jameson JL, eds. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. 16th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2005:946.

Johannsen EC, Madoff LC. Infections of the liver and biliary system. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JC, Dolin R, eds. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s: Principles and Practice of Infectious Disease. Vol 1. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2005:951-952.

Dowling TC, Comstock TJ. Quantification of renal function. In: DiPiro JT, Talbert RL, Yee GC, Matzke GR, Wells BG, Posey LM, eds. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach. 6th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2005:761.

Books complied by group, agency or committee (no author or editor)
Drug Topics Red Book. Montvale, NJ: Thomson Healthcare; 2007:552.

United States Pharmacopeia Drug Information: Drug Information for the Health Care Professional. Vol 1. 27th ed. Greenwood Village, CO: Thomson Micromedex; 2007:2514-2517.

Mosby’s Drug Consult. St. Louis, MO:Mosby; 2007:II-539–II-540.

Physicians’ Desk Reference. 61st ed. Montvale, NJ: Thomson PDR; 2007:678.

United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary (USP 30-NF 25). Vol 2. Rockville, MD: United States Pharmacopeia Convention; 2007:1553-1554.

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary. 27th ed. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2000:1784.

Serial Books that are updated (include no publication date, only page number after colon)
Drug Facts and Comparisons. St. Louis, MO: Facts and Comparisons:1904.

Tatro DS, ed. Drug Interaction Facts. St. Louis, MO: Facts and Comparisons:397a.

Spechler SJ. Esophageal disorders. In: Dale CD, ed in chief, Federman DD, founding ed. ACP Medicine. New York, NY:WebMD Corp:4-I-5.

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