Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine: with STUDENT CONSULT Access 20th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0443100574
ISBN-10: 0443100578
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The latest 20th Edition of Davidson's Principles & Practice of Medicine won the award for a New Edition of an Edited Textbook at the Royal Society of Medicine and Society of Authors 2007 Medical Book Awards. The award citation described the book as "Beautifully constructed with superb clarity of style - Davidson's continues to provide for students, doctors and other health professionals a sound basis for the practice of medicine."

“This book comes through where others fail...an excellent textbook; easy to read and superb value”
British Medical Journal review of the 19th edition

“If you buy one textbook of medicine it has to be this one...Good evidence based and medicine of the elderly boxes and clinically relevant information, brilliant for writing up long cases/PBLs”
Edinburgh University Medical Student, UK

“Few, if any, competing texts are as beautifully or extensively illustrated. Both the photographs and the line drawings are spectacular, with wonderful color reproduction and a clean, fresh look. The textbook is, quite simply, a joy to read. “

“The text is comprehensive and very up to date using digestible language to inform and educate the reader. The use of detailed colour diagrams and pictures also enhances the readers understanding and makes the text more manageable.
At the end of the first chapter the authors list additional resources which the reader can then search out in order to gain more information on particular topics. I found this to be an invaluable aspect of the book and also allows readers to clarify any uncertainties by accessing information from a different resource.”
Nottingham University Medical Student, UK

“In my opinion, the best new aspect about this book is its online contents...[such as] bonus content from other textbooks including Macleod's Clinical Examination and best of five self-testing questions, which allow you to test your knowledge of each chapter. I have found this invaluable for preparing for exams and they give you a very good idea about how much more revision you need to do. I would recommend Davidson's to any medical student, but especially to those in their clinical years. “
Edinburgh University Medical Student, UK

“I liked the approach taken in Davidson's - the detailed information explains complex ideas in a clear and easily understandable style, but in sufficient detail to give a true understanding of the material.”
Dundee University Medical Student, UK

“The whole offering is fabulous value for money, it is a wonderful textbook and website offering and is useful for medical students and doctors wherever they are and whatever level they are studying at. “
Dr Harry Brown, Univadis

About the Author

Nicholas A. Boon, MA, MD, FRCP(Ed), FESC, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh; Honorary Reader, University of Edinburgh; Nicki R. Colledge, BSc, FRCP(Ed), Consultant Geriatrician, Liberton Hospital, Edinburgh and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh; Honorary Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine, University of Edinburgh; Brian R. Walker, BSc, MD, FRCP(Ed), Professor of Endocrinology, University of Edinburgh; and John A. A. Hunter, OBE, BA, MD, FRCP(Ed), Professor Emeritus of Dermatology, University of Edinburgh

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1400 pages
  • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; 20 edition (July 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0443100578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0443100574
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.7 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Immigrant on November 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Once you get on the wards, this is by far the best book. It helps you with physical examination in the opening of each chapter, then lists symptoms and works outward from there. This, while people complained about it meaning that material is repeated in the disease sections, is INCREDIBLY helpful when you are new. It tells you the differential diagnosis for each symptom and what the workup should be. It's not as involved and impossible as Harrison (less research and "cytokine" oriented) but practical. I was the only one with this book and everyone, including the attendings, always wanted to use it. It also mentions the major EBM clinical trials - so you always look good about knowing what trial the guidelines come from and when they refer to them, you know what they mean.

I was really surprised to see that so many people didn't like it. That said, the nephrology chapter was relatively weak, and lots of the subspecialties as well, and it is definitely not a basic pathophysiology book or basic science text - but as a textbook of Internal Medicine, it was really good, friendly for students, and above all, PRACTICAL.
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Format: Paperback
Davidson's is a great source for information for all types of conditions, written in a very clear format, separated into Principles, and Practice of medicine. It has great flow charts, tables, and diagrams - all very useful and conscise. It also has great in text references for further information on various topics. I am an allied health student who finds that Davidson's clarifies understanding of pathological conditions. I would highly recommend this book!
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By Carlos Mendivil on May 16, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Good figures, nice organizarion, a bit short in therapeutics, but a great book overall.
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