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on 2 November 2012
We now see yet another edition of the Kumar and Clark Clinical Medicine book, is it worth purchasing a copy of this book I hear you ask if you have a previous edition of it? Well... The Strong point of the new K&C is more use of guidelines to support treatment pathways. There is a really good section on how to examine a comatosed patient, it gives a step to step guide of what to look for. It also details what is normal and abnormal. I feel in general it gives a good explanation of pathology but its in a lot of detail.

Given the above I would advise that K&C should be more for reference purposes instead of trying to learn it all in medical school even for the medical finals. It includes old and new treatments and other treatments to try for illnesses, but sometimes this is poorly explained and misleading. There is however a good use of pictures for the visual learners amongst us.

Given the above I would personally as this is an expensive purchase for any student, advise that if you have an older edition of this textbook to stick with using that for now but just accompanying it with the NICE/Trust guidelines to check for differences. If you wish to use this book, see if your university has it in the library as a print book or even as an ebook, particularly through elsevier-etextbooks.com which many universities are subscribing to now. This will save you a lot of money as this is not the type of textbook that you will carry around with you on the wards!!!

If you want a textbook to carry around on the wards then I would highly recommend that you use the Pocket Essentials of Kumar and Clark - ESSEN OF CLINICAL MEDICINE 5E (Pocket Essentials) or otherwise the Oxford handbook of medicine - Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (Oxford Medical Handbooks)/Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine - Mini Edition (Oxford Handbooks).

Overall this is an extensive book that covers far beyond what you need to know at medical school but worth considering using if you want to take things to a greater depth.

Competing Interests: Elsevier Student Rep - Provided with Gratis copy of this textbook.
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