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A great companion for any medical students on clinical placement
on 4 March 2013
When as a medical student you first go out on the ward it can be quite daunting when you encounter all the different drugs that patients are on for the first time. Some of them you will know about from your reading during the pre-clinical stage of your degree, others you may never have heard of before.
If you ask about the different drugs that patients are on you will often be referred to the British National Formulary to find out more about the drug. The problem for a student though is that this is not a textbook and as such it can be hard to find the types of detail that you need in order to be able to understand more about this drug.
If you find yourself facing this problem then might I advise you to look no further than this Oxford Handbook. This book covers all of the common drugs that you are likely to encounter whilst on your clinical attachment. Each drug includes a link through to the relevant section of the BNF making it easy to use alongside it. As each drug/group is introduced you are given a brief introduction to how the drug works and examples of specific drugs in that group. After this you are then given the indications of when this drug/group can be used, common treatment protocols, common side effects, any monitoring that needs to be done, any interactions and any advice that you should give to the patient plus much more. On top of all this there are boxes throughout the book that help you to approach common exam topics on these drugs so that you have an idea how to answer them etc.
In summary if you are looking for a book that will help you to understand the drugs that you encounter whilst on clinical rotations as a medical student then highly consider getting this book from the library or purchasing yourself a copy.
Competing Interests - Student Reviewer - Received a gratis copy of this book