A good staple,
This review is from: Kumar and Clark's Clinical Medicine, 8e (Paperback)
This latest edition of Kumar and Clark's `Clinical Medicine', like it's predecessors, proves to be a formidable text. I have been using as my main source of reading for clinical placements.
The chapters are clearly organised and helpfully colour coordinated which makes it easy to access the information required. There are also lots of helpful references in the margin in case further reading is required. This is definitely an optional extra however, as the text offers a good overview of each topic. I have mostly found the level of detail to be adequate for my needs. There have been a few occasions where I have felt that I wanted to read more about a particular topic and so have sought other sources for elaboration. Otherwise, I have been impressed by the concise explanations, which serve as a good overview to the topic.
Additionally, there are a number of clear diagrams interspersed throughout the text. These have proved to be very helpful as some are clinical photographs that illustrate the expected presentation of patients with the condition.
In terms of size, the book is unsurprisingly substantial. The student consult function (free with the text) therefore comes in handy to save lugging round the main text. I have found this particularly useful during regional placements. There is also a very useful function on student consult which enables easy downloading of figures from the text into PowerPoint presentations. I have used this function on multiple occasions and have found it to be a convenient feature of the online version of the book.
Overall, I would give this book 5/5 stars as I think it is a very good text and has proven to be very useful. I see this as a good textbook to refer to whilst I'm learning the topic thoroughly. I didn't find it useful for revision as it was too bulky. I personally haven't noticed much of a difference between this edition and the previous one (aside from layout changes) though I haven't read the whole book from cover to cover and so cannot reliably comment on this.
Book review written by a Elsevier student representative.