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Comprehensive and worth the money,
This review is from: Kumar and Clark's Clinical Medicine: With STUDENTCONSULT online access, 8e (Paperback)
As an Elsevier Student Rep I have been provided with a free review copy of this book. I bought the sixth edition when I started medical school back in 2007 and found it useful for looking things up as and when I came across them on our twice-monthly clinical sessions. I used it a lot more in my third year when it really came into its own.
The eight edition is updated and has a modern feel. Tables, flowcharts and images are used to supplement the text, which as you may imagine is extremely comprehensive. It will cover clinical medicine in more than enough depth for finals and although the price seems steep, it is actually far cheaper than investing in a separate book for each rotation.
Of course the trade-off is its bulk - it is a reference text and as such it is best employed for looking things up in the evening after a day on the wards. It isn't concise enough to use as a revision guide, though if you haven't understood something it will explain it in far greater depth than a revision guide will be able to.
Personally I would suggest investing in it at the end of your second year, so you have the most up to date edition, and getting a smaller book at the same time to take with you to the ward. This should give you everything you need to know about clinical medicine and will set you up to do very well in exams. However, before making the investment I would recommend that you go to the library and try their copy (or borrow a friend's) to make sure you get on with the layout and so on before committing.
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Initial post: 17 Aug 2012 07:32:33 BDT
Well, About depth, I don't agree. It does not focus much on patient management and does not have much depth in anything. I would suggest get a big book like Harrison or Cecil(you get free 1 year access) and a small book like OHCM or Washington manual of medical therapeutics. Then visit the patient, learn from her(use your general knowledge you gained from basic science course, class, clinical teaching etc). Read it up in those small book. Then once you assimilate them, look them at Big books. This is the most effective method of learning medicine.
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