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Clinical Medicine: with STUDENT CONSULT Access [Paperback]

Parveen Kumar CBE BSc MD FRCP FRCP(Edin) Professor , Michael Llewellyn Clark MD FRCP Dr. , Michael L. Clark MD FRCP Dr.
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22 July 2002 0702025798 978-0702025792 5
Kumar and Clark's remarkable Clinical Medicine is now back in a fully revised new edition and is more indispensable than ever! This student favourite has been praised over the years for the breadth and depth of its content and the clarity of its style and presentation - the 5th edition carries forward that tradition of excellence. Its pioneering reputation is further enhanced with the fantastic added value of the entire, fully searchable, cross-referenced text, being made available free to all adopters and purchasers. This will be at http://www.kumarandclark.com/, with access via unique user passcodes. There, students will also have access to:

· Updates on key developments in clinical medicine

· Self-assessment questions

· An 'Ask-the-Author' feature

· Related weblinks

Starting with information on infectious diseases, genetic diseases, and cell and molecular biology and immunology, the book then moves on to cover the entire common and many rare diseases in the core 'body system' chapters. It also includes chapters on intensive care medicine, principles of therapeutics, as well as the important but slightly more peripheral subjects of nutrition, psychological medicine and dermatology.

Throughout, the aim is to show the importance of the underpinning sciences in the understanding of clinical medicine and to explain clearly and in a consistent style the epidemiology, examination, differential diagnosis, investigations and management of disease.

For this new edition, many new contributors have been brought into the team, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise as well as a fresh eye and approach; there is now a new chapter on ethics and communication, and there is new information throughout on the particular needs of the elderly. The colourful and innovative layout introduced in the 4th edition has been developed for the 5th edition to make the book easier to navigate and more pleasurable to read than ever before.

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  • Paperback: 1464 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders Ltd.; 5 edition (22 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0702025798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0702025792
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 19.7 x 6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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..".clear diagrams and plausible explanations are a delight for any student. The breadth of topics covered makes it an invaluable reference for qualified folk as well, and surreptitous reference to it will greatly enhance your reputation for knowing everything, because it's all in here. I thoroughly and whole-heartedly recommend this book to any doctor or medical student." "Final Year Student, Barts and London School of Medicine," Barts and The London Chronicle, April 2003clearly structured, multi author book aims to provide the medical student with basic knowledge as well as to update the family pracititoner with recent clinical and scientific advances. In summary Kumar & Clark is an excellent and user friendly textbook for both medical students and clinicains. The new edition opens a gate to the vast resources and possibilities of the internet."THE LANCET Neurology, November 2002book is an absolute necessity for medical professionals. It gives a excellent overview of most medical diseases and treatments, and yet is written in a very understandable way. It is invaluable for both pre- and post-registration healthcare professionals. The website access is particularly useful and the very first page contains a list of websites that have up-to-date information regarding the subject matter in their respective chapters." "Highly Commended in the Medicine category at the 2003 BMA Awards," November 2003is a book which will earn its modest keep on the bookshelf of every pharmaceutical physician with any clinical aspect to their role. The information needed by a doctor to 'hit the ground running' and provide sensible clinical input to team decisions is here." "Dr Madhu Davies," Pharmaceutical Physician, November 2003and Clark...The name speaks for itself! July 2002 launched the new, 5th edition of Kumar and Clark to the forefront of our collective minds, a text for the 21st century with all the support modern technology and facial reconstruction can bring.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent medical reference 30 Oct 2002
Having bought and used the fourth edition since starting medical school nearly 6 years ago, one naturally hopes that the new edition does not need to be added to an already comprehensive and varied medical bookshelf. Unfortunately, only a naive student would follow this line of thought.
The most outstanding and dramatic change to this edition has to be the ability to access the FULL textbook (along with every single image, table etc.) online! Each textbook comes with an unique PIN number that allows one access to the 'kumarandclark' website. Furthermore, the very first page contains a list of websites that have up-to-date information regarding the subject matter in their respective chapters.
Only at closer inspection, can one really see the subtle differences between the fourth and fifth editions (for instance, the Acute Coronary Syndrome now replaces Unstable Angina in this new edition, an important distinction, especially with finals fast approaching!).
Perhaps, the only disappointing aspect of this new edition is the absence of the useful appendices found in the fourth edition. This is because of the new 'ethics and communication' chapter at the start of the book; probably useful for those starting medicine and those of us reaching the end. But still, there are other textbooks that are more useful in bringing across these areas of medicine.
All in all, with finals coming, this new edition ensures that the important imformation needed for finals is up-to-date. And thankfully, the colourful and 'easy-to-the-eye' layout is preserved, thus creating an invaluable medical reference.
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I wish Kumar and Clark contained as many pictures and tables as Davidson's does. It makes a hell lot of a difference while studying for examinations and in the wards. Davidson's classification of information in superb Disease Management tables, Differential diagnosis tables ("Major Manifestations of Disease" part) is far superior in this regard. Further, Kumar and Clark lacks those Evidence-Based-Medicine panels in Davidson's which puts K&C backward in time. There isn't enough emphasis on EBM and Problem Based Learning. Although it was K&C that brought in color in print, etc first, the 19th ed of Davidson's has overtaken the 5th ed of K&C even in this regard. Davidson's is probably the most visually captivating book in the undergraduate curriculum. It also boasts of an "International Panel of Advisors" that has helped shape the content of the book. All of these advantages that Davidson's has make it more accessible than K&C in the OP, ward, before exams....you name it!!
Well K&C is better than Davidson's in a few aspects. One thing that I particularly like is the way things are explained in much greater detail than Davidson's. K&C contains a lot more info than Davidson's as far as Pathophysiology is concerned. Also a few more diseases and syndromes (eg. Pearson's syndrome,etc). The Psychiatry section is better. It helps in understanding disease mechanisms better and K&C's style is more explanatory. This is one major factor that made me purchase this book in-spite of all its drawbacks. Also I liked the "Ask the Author" feature in the online edition.
I hope the authors of K&C make the above improvements in the next edition. I really want K&C to be on par with Davidson's, which is what most of my colleagues use.
Undergrad Medical Student,
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over-rated? 21 Jan 2007
I have owned Kumar and Clarke since the beginning of my clinical training but have not used it much. I found it failed to keep my attention for long and now that I have Davidson's, I think it's a much more interesting and better presented book than Kumar. The information in Kumar may be detailed but its tediously broken down into subsections and not easy to absorb at all. I think Davidson's gives a much better overall picture and easier to retain format with excellent illustrations and integration with clinical examination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible for medics 28 May 2006
This textbook was recommended by the med school in our first year and 3yrs later im still using it on a regular basis. There are only a very few things you won't find in here and thats probably because its too specialised for a general clinical textbook.

It is fondly called 'The Bible' amongst most of my fellow med students and it probably deserves the name.

A must have for any medic. Note: there is also the mini Kumar and Clark. Although i havent had a look at it myself you may want to consider it so you can carry it around on wards too..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have 7 Feb 2007
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Every medic should own this book.

It is very heavy so definitely a textbook to say at home for reference.

It covers all of general medicine plus sub specialities like dermatology, haematology etc. Even has a Psych section!

Its presented in a colourful and easy to read style, organised into systems and has useful tables and lists of differentials.

Its never failed when ive needed to look up something i have seen in clinic, although because it covers so many topics, the detail is sometimes lacking. Its therefore not ideal for writing coursework or long cases but it will let you know what your teacher is going on about!

Also great for self diagnosis!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fab thankyou
this book is great for studying contains everything which you need to cover whilst working in medicine, quite heavy to carry
Published 14 months ago by sharon smith
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Published 19 months ago by JOSE PABLOS
5.0 out of 5 stars The best out there
Outstanding book, clearly laid out in clear sections. Fastastic diagrams, and links to e-learning. Easy for even a layman to understand, not just a medical student.
Published on 19 Sep 2011 by Shelley2802
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensivelly written, clear layout
This book has also many international users. When I was preparing form my internal medicine exam (final), this book was providing a sound base. Read more
Published on 9 April 2006 by A. Grajn
3.0 out of 5 stars What do you want it for?
As an undergrad reference it is good-slightly more detailed than Davidsons but far less readable. As something to learn things for the first time as an undergrad-pretty terrible,... Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2005
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine as a reference book
As a third year medical student I tried to use this book to study for my exams, however, it is very difficult to read the book for long periods at a time. Read more
Published on 15 April 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative yet easy to read!
I finally bought this amazing book in my second year of studying medicine, mainly because I loved it so much and was fed up of carrying it home from University all the time. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2004 by A. Pugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential even in non-clinical years
Only being a first year medical student, I did at first ignore the clinical textbooks - I was only introduced to Kumar and Clark a couple of weeks ago, but I now find it essential... Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently Superb
I am a first year med-student, and for all of those looking 4 a great book, this is probably the best you'll find. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2003 by M. Saunders
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