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    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.

    Royal Society of Medicine and Society of Authors Medical Book Awards

    This book comes through where others fail: an excellent textbook, easy to read and superb value.

    British Medical Journal

    "This latest edition remains accessible, authoritative and pretty comprehensive in its coverage. The book also retains its considerable clarity, readability and sheer breadth of subject matter. All in all, I found this book to have retained its position as an excellent one stop shop for clinical medicine for both undergraduates and a number of post graduates, in particular GPs... Considering the price, I think this provides very good value for a new edition published this year (2014). Even more impressive, this book is still at the forefront after so many years is a tribute to the man who started it all off, Sir Stanley Davidson."

    Glycosmedia, April 2014

    Davidson's is a truly wonderful companion. . If students want a comprehensive yet accessible book to have from the start of their medical training, I would recommend this one!

    Tim Jackson, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

    A great textbook for integrating medical science and clinical medicine: whenever I have studied a topic from Davidson's, I feel as though I have a firm grasp on the science as well as the practice.

    Tara Berger, University of Newcastle

    I love this book - after reading a section, you haven't just learned it, but you've understood it.

    George Collins, University College London

    Davidson's has somehow managed to get better with age. While staying true to its foundations, it has brilliantly incorporated the latest in medical advances and treatment.

    Sabreen Ali, University of Sheffield

    I cannot recommend the introductory chapters enough - the content is gold dust for students or doctors at any stage in their career. . Davidson's stands apart from the crowd . no medic's bookshelf is complete without one.

    David Miller, University of Glasgow

    This new edition is fantastic! The book content is exceptional . this book is an institution which has improved edition on edition.

    Sarah Edwards, Peninsula Medical School


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 55170 KB
  • Print Length: 1392 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; 22 edition (6 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HG1QFFK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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Excellent service, fast delivery. The value of this book is unquestionable. I had the 16th (my dad's), 19th, 20th, 21st and it got me through every important medical exam I've ever had. The new edition is uptodate with recent developments, and slightly better than Kumar and Clark 8th edition and easier to read.
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My late father was taught many years ago by Sir Stanley Davidson who produced the first edition of this book in 1952. This is an Edinburgh book, with a world view, and among other improvements, it is good to see stroke medicine given a separate chapter. The size is right, as is the level of coverage. If you are starting life as a medical student this would be a good purchase to see you through. AS for me, with increasing age, this edition will see me out.
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Previous reviewers have used a set of adjectives repeatedly to describe this book, and appropriately so: Davidson's is comprehensive, clear and enjoyable to read. The short 'Principles' section kicks things off by highlighting key factors in disease, important considerations before dipping our toes into the Practice of Medicine section - which makes up the bulk of the book.

Rather than giving a general overview, which other reviewers have done well, I'd like to dissect a specific chapter to properly illustrate some of the wider compliments/ criticisms I have for the 'Practice' part of the book. Importantly, each chapter follows a largely predictable format, and by virtue of good editing the style of writing is consistent, so most comments apply equally to other chapters.

I have a special interest in neurology and neuroanatomy, so I'll discuss the chapter 'Neurological disease'. My intercalated year focussed on the biology of brain disorders, the neuroscience of sleep and its disorders, and neuronal degeneration and regeneration. We had to read lots of primary and secondary material, of very variable quality, stretching far beyond the contents of this chapter. Pleasantly, as a tertiary text, this chapter recapitulates the best in the field.

Firstly, the selection of authors is commendable - RJ Davenport and JP Leach are both extensively published and experienced neurologists; not only do they know their stuff, they are excellent at explaining it.

Secondly, the chapter format is perfect (and identical across most chapters). The fundamentals (including clinical examination, basic gross and histological anatomy/ physiology) are supplemented by economical diagrams, well worth copying into personal notes.
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I believe Davidson's is the best undergraduate medical textbook in the market! I have spent a lot of time in medical school just looking for a reliable, comprehensive, easy to read and up-to-date textbook to rely on as my main core source of information. Amongst a few I have tried - Kumar and Clark, Cecil Essentials of Medicine, Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, and Merck Manual - Davidson's is the best choice a medical student in a UK University can choose. If you have a sound understanding of physiology, pharmacology and general pathology from your pre-clinical years, Davidson's will elegantly add to those foundations with simple and fast explanations of pathophysiology. It manages to connect the investigations and treatment of a condition with the pathophysiological rationale, something I personally find excellent.

Without exaggerating, I have found many conditions where the investigation and treatment section in Davdison's is more up-to-date and clear than Harrison's (e.g. stroke! Harrison has an extensive essay on the recent trials without actually mentioning the recent superiority of clopidogrel for secondary prevention, while Davidon's clearly and succinctly not only provides instructions on what to do when someone presents with a potential cerebrovascular accident, but the Evidence Based Medicine section provides all the landmark trials underpinning the modern management of stroke)

While I still consult Harrison's for its superb analysis on pathophysiology, Davidson's is a core foundation around which I base my reading.

In conclusion, advice to medical students. Get Davidson's and read it FIRST before anything else.
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Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine is a concise, comprehensive and well laid out text encompassing all important aspects of clinical practice. It is an essential guide for medical, nursing and dental students and a brilliant reference material for any qualified Healthcare Professional.

The text is divided into two sections: Around 160 pages on Principles and about 1000 pages on Practice. The shorter Principles section introduces the fundamentals of medicine, including: therapeutics, genetics, immunology, infection and environmental & nutritional causes of disease. Following this concise introduction, the succeeding (and substantially larger) half of the book deals with the practice of clinical medicine.

Each chapter of the main Practice section covers a particular body system or medical field, ranging from respiratory disease, to dermatology, to strokes. Most of these chapters follow a similar layout:
• Clinical examination of the relevant system
• Concise overview of relevant anatomy and physiology
• Followed by the pathophysiology and clinical management of the most common diseases and disorders of that system.

The text is easy to follow and understand for anyone with mild to moderate amount of medical training. Long paragraphs are broken up with relevant charts and diagrams which makes exam revision a whole lot easier. The book can also be accessed as an ebook with a unique code in each copy – making this fairly hefty book a lot more portable.

I’d thoroughly recommend Davidson’s Principles and Practice for anyone studying a medical degree or as a reference text for all Health Care Professionals.

Declarations: Elsevier Student Rep provided with a gratis copy.
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