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Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (Check info AND delete this occurrence: |c OXHMED |t Oxford Handbooks Series) 8th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0199232172
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Review from previous edition: "Now in its sixth edition, the 'Cheese and Onion' (as it is known) continues to be the most popular handbook for both the undergraduate and the junior doctor on the wards... The reason this little book remains so popular is that most topics are covered succinctly on a two-page spread of the book, and coloured headings break up the text and provide a logical structure for readers of all levels. Not only has the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine aided in the diagnosis and treatment of countless patients, it has also helped thousands of students prepare and pass examinations. Size isn't everything, and that certainly is true here. Common clinical questions are answered clearly and extensively, while weird and wonderful conditions, which are rarely encountered, also get a good crack at the whip. They say the proof is in the pudding, and the fact that this book has sold more than a million copies worldwide speaks volumes" --Hospital Doctor February 2005

"This handbook goes from strength to strength as each edition keeps abreast of the breathtaking advances in clinical practice... It comes with the now familiar plastic flexicover which means it can take rough handling. It is ideal for junior hospital doctors, medical students and GPs and is packed with practical, easy to read advice... it is a huge topic and a bold task to cover it in such a small portable volume but like the preceeding editions, it manages this admirably well... It is packed with facts, knowledge and most important of all, it is an intensely practical book. If you are stuck on what to do next in managing a patient, this is the book to look up... There is no padding here; it is fact, solutions and advice all the way. All the information is very modern, relevant and presented in a highly readable format. It is ideal for both hospital doctors, GPs and their registrars and is superb value for money" --Dr Harry Brown December 2004

"This is one of the most useful books you can own if you are involved in the day-to-day management of patients and conditions... Get it! Now!" --Imperial College of Medicine Gazette November 2004

About the Author

Dr. Murray Longmore is a General Practitioner in Sussex, UK. Dr. Ian Wilkinson is WE Parkes British Heart Foundation Senior Clinical Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge, and Honorary Consultant Physician at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, UK. Dr. Edward Davidson is Foundation Doctor, North West Thames in London, UK, and Research Fellow NYU Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in New York, USA. Alexander Foulkes is Foundation Year 2 Junior Doctor at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, UK. Ahmad Mafi is Resident (specialist registrar) in Clinical Oncology and Radiation Therapy in Tehran, Iran.

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  • Series: Check info AND delete this occurrence: |c OXHMED |t Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Paperback: 863 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 8 edition (April 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199232172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199232178
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.2 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By docwaq on June 30, 2013
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As a practicing physician in US, I am deeply impressed with content and thoroughness of Oxford handbook of Clinical Medicine. In a way, it also helped me understand key differences in understanding of clinical medicine between health care providers in USA and UK. The US health system is heavily dependent on lab tests and Radiology which tremendously increases the cost of health care and some times results in harm to the patients because of exposure to radiation and side effects of not so necessary medications. This is also reflected in most of the pocket or hand carry medicine books available in US where students and resident physicians are encouraged to practice medicine following various algorithms. Though the idea of this approach is to create more clarity in the minds of the students and help them avoid delay in taking necessary steps in management of patients. However in the practical life, when faced with complex decision making situations or fear of malpractice, this supposed clarity does not work. In contrast to this, in UK, as this book reflects, there is heavy emphasis on clinical symptoms, signs, and skills. Comparing this book with leading books in US such as Washington Manual or Pocket Medicine by Mass. General Hospital clearly show that this book is far superior than others in many areas including pathophysiology, clinical details, clarity of contents, photographs and pictures. The details in the book are easy to remember and are not confusing. One early reviewer has included presence of rare syndrome mentioning in the book as the "cons" of the book. Actually, this is a big " pros" of the book as it helps you think outside the box when things do not fit in to every day clinical observation.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles on August 4, 2015
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When I bought this I was an American Medical Student working in Stockport, UK under the NHS. If you are a medical student from the US you need this book! It not only gives you proper levels in European metrics. It gives almost every commonly encountered medical condition, signs, symptoms and treatments. In addition there are great details on different medical procedures including chest tubes, inserting IV, intubation, and even delivering a child.

The book is also perfectly sized to slip into a white coat pocket (or the pocket of a pair of trousers) if you are on the go. Honestly the Oxford Clinical Handbook has been one of my favorite books to keep on me for the shear scope of information presented in such a compact place.

Lastly, this book has a storytelling element to it which is so unlike US medical books. They tell stories, give medical anecdotes and a real sense of the world at large. I would recommend this book to anyone in medicine and even let students read over it to get a better perspective of medicine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tonysrc on June 24, 2013
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I am a nursing student and an owner of numerous pocket books about drugs, being an RN, etc. and this Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine is the most COMPREHENSIVE and USEFUL books I have encountered.

- Captures the major/significant details about common pathologies
- Very comprehensive in terms of the various pathologies, treatments, signs and symptoms etc.
- "Emergency-section": on the last few pages, it gives you the algorithms for medical emergencies like ACS, PE, anaphylactic shock, etc.
- It is the size of 5x8 photo (so a little bigger than your average size 4x6 photo), so it's very easy to carry!
- Some pathologies contain useful pictures whether it be an X-Ray, a skin lesion, CT scan etc.
- Four page markers for easy bookmarking

- I personally did not find the four bookmarkers very useful. They were more "in the way". But that's just my opinion!

This clinical pocket guide gives you a comprehensive, detailed snapshot (what an oxymoron...) of the different patient presentations a health care professional would encounter. In no ways would this replace your 2000+ page text books, but it is definitely useful to trigger some key points about diseases, syndromes, etc.

HIGHLY recommended
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This is Such a Perfect dynamic book for both Students and Doctors. Perfect way to put Medicine in paper. It can't be boring, its not in its nature.
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By Antoinette Antalv on November 20, 2013
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Fantastic and very useful Book! for every time along your career. If you are just starting in clinics. Then this is the Best complimentary book to start with and if you already are a GP, well we can't pretend to know it all so this partner will give you a hand anytime.
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By Dr. M. Kumar on November 7, 2013
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If you wish to practise the science and art of medicine than this is the book. Have read this book a zillion times and still continue to read it, and every time I learn something new. It was my companion and first port of call on those long On call nights as an House officer, Senior House officer,and subsequently as a Registrar in internal medicine, and I am glad it never failed me. I think every one who has been trained in United kingdom, and on the subcontinent will vouch for this little piece of Gem.
My only Grudge is that when it initially started, there used to be blank page available opposite to the topic in question where one could jot down his or her own extra bits. By the end of med school one would have created a mine full of info on each page of this classic. Hence my third edition still sits on my desk for it has more info than many Internal Medicine books put together.
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