I had the 5th edition and it used to sit on my shelf in its monochrome state. I got the 8th and I haven't been able to put it down. It seems to have everything I need for finals and beyond. Particularly the examination tips at the beginning. A whole chapter devoted to proper chest/abdo/vascular/neuro systems plus explanations of findings. I am very glad I opted for the 8th edition rather than the 7th as there seem to have been quite a few additions. I don't know how I coped without this for so long. Get it! Even if you have the 7th... get another one for bedtime reading. It's one purchase you won't regret.