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too superficial for enthusiasts but may help for revision
on 9 October 2011
I was really looking forward to this second edition. However, its clearly impossible to cramm the scope of information suggested by its title into a few hundred small pages. Also its devoid of colour figures, pictures etc - these handbooks are therefore easy to churn out cheaply from the publishers point of view, trading on the brand name and can be a bit boring.
If i take for example the molecular chapter is far too superficial to be of use apart from as a list of topics for further study. If you already own anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and biomolecular texts then obviously this is completely redundant anyway.
In the end i sent it back to amazon for a refund as i felt i could get equivalent information with a quick google search for free.
I think it would be perfectly reasonable to have say an oxford handbook of physiology or an oxford handbook of anatomy, but they can't easily be compressed into one volume.