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5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible, informative and very attractive, 7 Feb 2003
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This review is from: Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine (Paperback)
If you are studying clincial medicine then buy this book. You won't regret it. Your colleagues will say Kumar is bigger and better; take pity on them.
The text is hugely accessible and informative and mostly comprehensive. The page layout is excellent with very appropriate use of tables and pictures. The book is visually delightful and even has better paper quality than Kumar. Reading it is a pleasure. The only ommision is a chapter on molecular medicine which was present in the previous edition. Much of the information has been relocated to other chapters but nevertheless, the molecular basis chapter was useful for revising preclinicals. The rest of the book easily makes up for this however and greatly facilitates strong exam and viva performance
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4.0 out of 5 stars not helpful for the MRCP, 6 Mar 2006
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This review is from: Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine (Paperback)
Having strayed away from this book for a couple of years since qualifying I returned to it whilst studying for the MRCP.
Fortunately i quickly realized that the over edited text tends to miss out the slighty more idiosyncratic MRCP facts e.g i challenge you to find the pattern of motion wall movement on cardiac USS in HOCM - key information in the part 2.
The lack of chapters on molecular medicine, immunology and statistics is also unhelpful. In the end i used question books and Kalra and easily passed the part 1.
I find that the old adage is still true - read davidson's and you understand medicine; just don't expect it to distill important MRCP info for you.
I hear the next edition is going to be more MRCP friendly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine 19th Edition, 19 May 2003
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The first edition of Davidson’s appeared in 1952; an almost pocket-sized volume which promised to concentrate on common disorders and everyday problems illustrated by an account of the applied anatomy and physiology of the relevant system. The textbook has come a long way since then, but remains true to its original ideals.
As a fourth year student at Edinburgh University, the alma mater of Sir Stanley Davidson, I can claim to be on intimate terms with the previous edition of the textbook, and I must confess to having been sceptical about the merits of a re-write. My doubts were quashed, however, when I began to investigate the new volume. Beneath its chic black cover, the book has undergone a radical structural reorganisation: it now comprises two discrete sections, Principles of Medical Practice and System-Based Diseases. The first does just what it promises, dealing with general principles such as infection and immune failure, critical care, and frail older people; topics which weave an overarching thread through every medical specialty but which are seldom addressed in isolation. The second discusses the clinical features and management of diseases under headings such as Cardiovascular Disease or Blood Disorders, fully in keeping with the system-based approach adopted by most 21st century medical schools. The structure of each chapter is broadly similar; there is a brief revision of the functional anatomy and physiology of each system, the investigations which might usefully be employed, and a large section on the major clinical manifestations of disease of the system, before moving on to details of specific diseases. The emphasis on symptomatology as a starting-point resonates with the fashionable problem-based approach to clinical medicine.
One of the most praiseworthy new features of this edition is the double-page spread on clinical examination preceding each of these system-based chapters. Illustrated with a human figure and a flow diagram of a scheme for examination, these provide a summary of the salient clinical features of disease of each system; very helpful for developing a logical examination sequence and invaluable for OSCE revision.
Changes in layout are not the only new aspects of the 19th edition. Several sections have appeared de novo, including a whole chapter on Diabetes Mellitus and one on Clinical Genetics. The opening chapter on Infection and Immune Failure has also been rewritten and expanded, with a large section on tropical and international health reflecting the enormous popularity of the textbook with students and doctors as far afield as India and South Africa. The book clearly demonstrates a willingness to move with the times; the chapter on Drug Therapy features a section dealing clearly and succinctly with some important aspects of evidence-based medicine, and throughout the book there are recent journal references and useful web addresses.
Having used Davidson’s myself I may be liable to take for granted its many strengths; it would be remiss of me not to mention the clear and logical layout, pithy and relevant information (with plenty of information boxes to highlight the most salient points), well-chosen photographs and beautiful illustrations. These were features of the previous edition too; now they have been developed further, creating an even more polished and accessible volume. If I haven’t convinced you, take a look yourself; I promise you’ll continue to gaze longingly through the bookshop window until you have a copy of your own.
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