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Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (Oxford Medical Handbooks) [Paperback]

Murray Longmore , Ian Wilkinson , Andrew Baldwin , Elizabeth Wallin
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9 Jan 2014 Oxford Medical Handbooks
Now in its ninth edition, the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine continues to be the definitive pocket-friendly guide to medicine. The culmination over 25 years of experience at the bedside and in the community, this handbook is packed with practical advice, wit, and wisdom.

The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine presents clinical information in a clear way that makes it easy to revise, remember, and implement on the ward. It gives reliable advice on what to do, when to do it, and how to do it, with clinical photographs and diagrams that bring theory to life. Uniquely for a medical text, this book weaves history, literature, art, and philosophy into its survey of medicine, casting new light on the specialties and encouraging the reader to see beyond the practical aspects of medicine and adopt a patient-centred approach to care.

The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine looks better than ever, with a more modern design and over 600 colour images and illustrations. The History and Examination chapter has been completely revamped with systematic flowcharts and new illustrations so that it better reflects real bedside practice. The index, cross-references, and references have been overhauled to make them even easier to use. Every chapter has been written with supervision from experts in each field to ensure accuracy, and updated to reflect relevant guidelines from the NHS, NICE, the Resuscitation Council and other key professional bodies.

Loved and trusted by generations of doctors, the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine continues to be an indispensable companion for the practice of modern medicine.

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  • Paperback: 920 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 9 edition (9 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199609624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199609628
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a valuable handbook that is well worth the investment. (Doody's Notes)

Now in its sixth edition, the 'Cheese & 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

This handbook goes from strength to strength...[staying] abreast of the breathtaking advances in clinical practice...it can take rough handling and is ideal for junior hospital doctors, medical students and GPs...it's 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...it manages this admirably well...packed with facts, knowledge and...is an intensely practical book. If you are stuck on what to do next in managing a patients, this is the book...there is no padding here...[it is a very modern, relevant and highly readable format...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)

If you want to understand how doctors are taught to think - how so many, how most of them do think - read the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine. It's oddly and deeply moving Now in its eighth edition, it still bulges in the pockets or on the iPhone of every scared house doctor on his or her first night on the ward, giving comfort and reassurance. Not just about what to do or how to do it, but about human compassion. (The Week, July 2012)

This is a very useful reference book which answers a direct question that a clinician has about general medicine, usually with a patient in mind...the book has to be readable, straight to the point, no waffling, up to date and comprehensive. That is a big ask for a handbook smaller in size than the BNF and roughly the same thickness. Yet astonishingly, it measures up to all these demands and more. It is an excellent reference source, ideal for the desktop for a GP or outpatient clinic and is reasonably mobile. Its layout lends itself very easily to be quickly dipped in; information extracted and move on to deal with the patient and solve their problem. The language is accessible, scholarly yet easy to read and practical and the scope of coverage is amazing, considering the size of the book. This book remains the gold standard for a fantastic handbook of medicine and remains like its predecessors, truly outstanding. Highly recommended. (Univadis)

All medical students should own an OHCM...the best tutor you'll ever have. (Oxford Medical School Gazette)

...a truly indispensable medical gem. (Occupational Medicine)

...it has not lost any of its fantastic attributes and still remains a top class book...The language is accessible, scholarly yet easy to read and practical and the scope of coverage is amazing, considering the size of the book. (Dr Harry Brown)

This handbook is one I wish I were able to author. It is clearly one of the best with its accurate and comprehensive fund of knowledge and its emphasis on the human aspect, written by compassionate educators. I highly recommend it to all clinicians on both sides of the Atlantic. (Vincent F Carr Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)

...well formatted and beautifully presented...what impresses me most...is the attention given arguably to the most agonising and difficult matters in medicine. These are ethical and philosophical ideals...a truly indispensable medical gem. Every doctor should have ready access to this small volume. (The Society of Occupational Medicine)

Even the latest resuscitation coun-cil guidelines made it into this edition, which is impressive seeing as most medical texts are already out of date by the time they are published. What I really love about the OHCM is the intermittent sections of in-telligent prose, reminding us that medicine is not just black and white (or maybe cheese and on-ion). These give us new perspectives on tricky or mundane topics, with inspiration gleaned from disciplines such as mythology, art, poetry, cosmology and philosophy. These sections supplement our education and encourage us to become more holistic in our clinical reasoning, and is quite unique within the general medical text-book market. (Peninsula Undergraduate Newsletter)

About the Author

Murray Longmore is a GP working in Sussex, UK.

Ian Wilkinson is Reader in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge and an Honorary Consultant Physician in Cambridge, UK.

Andrew Baldwin is a GP Registrar working in Sussex, UK.

Elizabeth Wallin is a Specialist Registrar in Renal Medicine working in Cambridge, UK.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
As someone that's closing on their finals I can honestly say that this book is a must have. If you don't have it and insist on the K&C. Good for you but after having both, the Kumar and Clarke is a bit more wordy and explains things a lot but actually - it doesn't get down to the nitty gritty of management i.e. which antibiotics and dosage. A lot of the time in K&C it'll say something like NSAIDs or IV antibiotics. That's not enough!

However the Oxford handbook doesn't have it all. The layout will forever be a foe for many of those that rely on reading in coherent prose and full sentences, something this book skimps on in order to be concise. I can agree with that but however the authors must have sacrificed that in order to provide you with a reference that is all encompassing and covers a lot of ground in one book.

Now my hangups about this edition. The quality of the paper has plummeted. Like another reviewer mentioned the text seems a lot more "faded" and on much thinner paper. A lot of the time you can actually read whatever's under the previous/next page easily. The 8th edition although thinner seemed to have much sturdier quality with actually bleach white paper compared to this hybrid tissue paper variety. I've checked in multiple shops to confirm all the 9th ed copies are all exactly the same with this poorer quality paper. It really does make a difference. It's harder to memorise facts if the paper is all faded and dull looking rather than the vibrant 8th ed which actually contains virtually the same text.

A particular issue I have is that a number of useful tables have actually been removed for whatever reason I don't know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great (as usual) - medical student opinion 14 Feb 2014
As the previous edition, an excellent companion in the clinical setting of internal medicin (and surgery) - just by skipping through it, I see, that there hasn't been a lot of changes from the 8th edition (other than a few new pictures, and different "stories" in the introduction and with some disease descriptions + an entirely new thing: their "holistic thinking spiral-thingy", which is also in their new "clinical specialities" book + of course updates on the various guidelines).
The 8th edition was exceptional in my opinion, so I understand why they haven't changed it too much - the only things, where the 8th edition could have done better was in
- the "history and examination"-part. I know, that there are massive country-variation in the approach to the history- and examination (not only because of demographic variation, but also tradition), but for me (danish), I think the presentation of that chapter is a bit all-over the place, and their priorities of the different systems are a bit unequal (e.g. the cardiology part is in my world, not relevant). Even though it's better in the new book, I would have loved, if the new book had taken care of this (as they told, they would update this section) - this however, is not a crucial thing, and you can just bring along a book in historytaking/examination (which after a while becomes obsolete anyway)
- The introduction to every section could, in my opinion, have a overview / explanation of how they have sorted the different diseases that are to come (as an overview), and the "content" of each section, could sometimes be more detailed, instead of just listing all the diseases equally (e.g.
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This book has proven to be invaluable for my clinical years in medical school. I had used the mini handbook before, which was full of useful information, but much too small and thick to be convenient to carry, read easily, or quickly look up information. The book basically covers important diseases and scenarios concisely, across a wide range of core specialities, summarising each in 1-2 pages (presentation, signs and symptoms, investigation, treatment, differentials etc). It often includes photographs, diagrams, tables and summary key info which are to the point and useful. Basically a bible for preparing for clinical/surgical practice to pass your finals, and get through FY1/2.

Occasionally there is a bit of waffle but it's usually on the first page of a speciality and easy to skip. If you need to skim a speciality before your attachment, a disease, differentials or investigations for a ward round question etc it is the perfect companion. As someone who hates buying gigantic tomes for each speciality I will never get through, that have detail that is too heavy, too light or not clinically relevant - the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine is THE tool for the job.

I have used the 7th edition previously, and found the new layout, color scheme, images and updated info worth updating for.

+ Concise, relevant summaries diseases/situations across the specialities you WILL face in clinical years/FY practice
+ Good size/weight, readable text (unlike the mini version!), easy to take on ward rounds/skim on a bus etc, won't break your bag
+ Practical knowledge to cost ratio is the highest of any other textbook I've used in medicine, worth every penny

- Occasional paragraphs of waffle and anecdotes

If you are a medical student in the UK this is the bible you should have
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for medical students.
Does what it says on the tin and world-renowned for a reason. This is a must have-book if you're in medical school - great to carry around the wards with you and have a read of... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great handbook for students and young doctors alike
A great handbook for students and young doctors alike. Thin pages make me fear for its durability but it has held up thus far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oxford hand book of Clinical Medicine
I have used the preceding editions for many years.You cannot challenge the standard and the knowledge packed inside a small book,a perfect companion for any clinician. Read more
Published 3 months ago by sufi
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly one of the best handbooks in the medical world
I was very happy with the 8th edition with the updated look but upgraded to this edition primarily to have the up-to-date guidelines etc.
Published 3 months ago by Sabih Hassan
3.0 out of 5 stars Up to date version of a essential book, on awful paper
The OHCM 9ed is an essential book to add to your library- if you don't already have the 8th ed. The management of conditions has been updated and there's a nice history and... Read more
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