McMaster Textbook Readers' Choices in 2021


Taking a step back in time, the team behind the McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine compiled a list of the most popular resources that have been found helpful in daily practice and attracted your attention in 2021. Now you can refresh your knowledge or catch up with the latest lectures, interviews, and articles prepared by our editors. Thank you for your interest and support throughout 2021! If you would like to share any suggestions or ideas for 2022, we are always open to your feedback at

2021 Hall of Fame

Our top 10 most watched videos of the year.

COVID-19: May 2021 update. Part 2: To intubate or not to intubate?
Dr Jean-Louis Vincent connects with Dr Roman Jaeschke to discuss intubation in patients with severe/critical COVID-19.
COVID-19: April 2021 update. Part 2: Vaccines (thrombosis)
Dr Zain Chagla discusses the reports of thrombotic events following administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19.
Further progress with tocilizumab in severe COVID-19
Dr Gordon Guyatt joins Dr Roman Jaeschke to discuss the latest findings on tocilizumab in the treatment of COVID-19.
COVID-19: To treat or not to treat? Platform trials
Dr Edward Mills joins Dr Roman Jaeschke to clarify the concept of platform trials and their significance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19: April 2021 update. Part 3: Outpatient prophylaxis and treatment
Dr Zain Chagla connects with Dr Roman Jaeschke to talk about the currently used prophylaxis and treatment of COVID-19.
Rapid Refresher: Urinary tract infection (UTI)
Dr Hosay Said, Dr Dominik Mertz, and Dr Heather Bannerman outline important points to guide the assessment and management of patients with UTIs.
Rapid Refresher: Atrial fibrillation (AF)
A video by Dr Heather Bannerman, Dr Syamkumar Divakara Menon, and Dr Roman Jaeschke highlights the key aspects of assessing and managing atrial fibrillation.
Rapid Refresher: Asthma exacerbation
A video by Dr Siobhan Deshauer guides you through the management of asthma exacerbations.
COVID-19: May 2021 update. Part 1: Where we were and where we are now
Dr Jean-Louis Vincent answers questions from Dr Roman Jaeschke about what has changed in COVID-19 management after a year into the pandemic.
Rapid Refresher: Non–ST-segment elevation ACS
Dr Shaan Gupta, Dr Michael Tsang, and Dr Siobhan Deshauer discuss non–ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome.

Editors’ picks from MIRCIM

Our top 10 interviews and lectures delivered by prominent experts in internal medicine from all around the world during the McMaster International Review Course of Internal Medicine (MIRCIM). We would love to meet you there next year.

A patient revolution for careful and kind care
A lecture by Dr Victor Montori.
An evidence-based practitioner’s experience of careful and kind care
A lecture by Dr Gordon Guyatt.
Interpretation of inconsistent COVID-19 test results in asymptomatic individuals
An expert opinion by Dr Zain Chagla.
Planning pregnancy with subclinical hypothyroidism
An expert opinion by Dr Leonard Wartofsky.
PoCUS vs regular ultrasound
An expert opinion by Dr Khalid Azzam.
Automated cough detection systems: VitaloJAK
An expert opinion by Dr Imran Satia.
Prehospital management of COPD exacerbations by EMS
An expert opinion by Dr Jadwiga Wedzicha.
The 3 most important recent advances in the management of osteoporosis
An expert opinion by Dr Bess Dawson-Hughes.
The 3 most important recent advances in treating heart failure
An expert opinion by Dr Harriette Van Spall.
The 3 most important recent advances in treating respiratory failure
An expert opinion by Dr Bram Rochwerg.

Reading suggestions

The 10 most frequently read Textbook chapters and Publications of the Week.

Procedures: Gastric Lavage
Endocrinology: Nontoxic Multinodular Goiter
Signs and Symptoms: Meningeal Irritation Signs
Procedures: Intravenous Injections
Endocrinology: Lactic Acidosis
Signs and Symptoms: Diarrhea
Toxicology, Clinical Pharmacology, Addiction: Ethyl Alcohol (Ethanol)
Cardiovascular Diseases
Publications of the Week, June 28: Colchicine use in community-treated patients with COVID-19
Publications of the Week, April 6: Once-weekly semaglutide in adults with overweight or obesity

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