Medicine at a Glance provides a concise and accessible introduction and guide to the core curriculum for medical students. Following the familiar easy-to-use at a Glance format, each topic is presented as a double-page spread with key facts accompanied by clear tables, illustrations and diagrams encapsulating all the students need to know.

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Medicine at a Glance provides a concise and accessible introduction and guide to the core curriculum for medical students. Following the familiar easy-to-use at a Glance format, each topic is presented as a double-page spread with key facts accompanied by clear tables, illustrations and diagrams encapsulating all the students need to know.

This new edition of Medicine at a Glance:

  • Is fully revised and updated - THE essential purchase for medical students.
  • Has a unique structure, divided into over 65 clinical presentations and 150 common diseases.
  • Covers the essential facts for the diagnosis and treatment of common symptoms and conditions.
  • Includes 7 new chapters, dealing with topics such as:
    • How to recognise the critically ill patient
    • Painless loss of vision / blindness
    • Allergic reactions
    • Imaging in respiratory disease
    • Imaging in gastrointestinal disease
  • Presents diagrams and illustrations on the left and concise explanations on the right, providing a user-friendly overview of Medicine.

Medicine at a Glance will appeal to all medical students and junior doctors on the Foundation Program, as a core textbook and as a revision aid. The book is also suitable for those training in allied health professions such as nurses and paramedics.

Reviews of last edition

“I definitely recommend this book to all final year students…”
Final Year Student, GKT March 2004

“I can, with complete confidence, recommend this book to all Final Year students. Its got everything you'll need for Final MB Medicine”
Amazon reviewer, November 2003

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book is gold for the lazy medical student. The information is presented as a series of double page spreads and is accompanied by ‘efficient’ diagrams and tables. I am more than inclined to believe the British student quoted at the back of this book saying this is all that he/she needed to pass the final medical exam. That said, this book is also for the studious medical student. Need a quick refresher before hitting the wards? Hello. Need a framework for memorizing all the information you’re reading in Harrisons etc? Hello hello. Yes, once you start using this book, you won’t say goodbye to it, at least in medical school." Gube Magazine, September 2006, Melbourne University Medical Students Association

"A very useful book for finalists looking to scan through all the main pathologies with fantastic colour illustrations and diagrams to guide your reading and act as useful memory aids." Medical Student, St. Andrews University

"Fantastic revision tool before finals with all the breadth of information you need and full colour, clearly laid out diagrams." Medical Student, St. Georges Medical School

"Maximise your time by reading Medicine at a Glance. It has easy to read, clear and logical text and shows you everything you need to know as a medical student. Highly recommended!" Medical Student, University of East Anglia.

"The most up-to-date and best presented clinical medicine text on the market. It contains succinct and clear explanations of the medical conditions any student is expected to know. A student favourite." Medical Student, Nottingham University

'Pitched perfectly at the finalist, this beautifully illustrated text has everything' Final Year Student, Oxford University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405133937
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Series: At a Glance Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Davey is Consultant Cardiologist at Northampton General Hospital & Honorary Senior Lecturer at the John Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. He was previously Clinical Tutor at Oxford University.
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Table of Contents


List of contributors.

List of abbreviations.



1 How to be a medical student.

2 Basic clinical skills.

3 The critically ill patient.

Clinical Presentations at a Glance.

Cardiovascular Disease.

4 Chest pain.

5 Oedema.

6 Palpitations.

7 The painful leg.

8 Heart murmurs.

9 Shock.

Respiratory Disease.

10 Breathlessness, cough and haemoptysis.

11 Wheeze (stridor).

12 Pleural effusion.

13 Pneumothorax.


14 Unintentional weight loss.

15 Constipation and change in bowel habit.

16 Diarrhoea: acute and chronic.

17 Vomiting and intestinal obstruction.

18 Haematemesis and melaena.

19 Rectal bleeding.

20 Dysphagia.

21 Abdominal pain and dyspepsia.

22 Jaundice.

23 Abdominal mass.

24 Ascites.

Renal Medicine.

25 Polyuria and oliguria.

26 Dysuria, frequency and urgency.

27 Haematuria.


28 Sweating, flushing and thyroid swellings.

29 Obesity.

30 Hirsutism and infertility.

31 Erectile dysfunction and gynaecomastia.

Infectious Disease.

32 Principles of infection.

33 Diagnosis of infection.

34 Fever and the assessment of the patient with presumed infection.

35 Fever and infections in hospital patients.

36 Fever of unknown origin.

37 Fever and rash.

38 Fever in HIV-infected patients.

39 Fever in the returned traveller.

40 Vaginal discharge and urethritis.


41 Anaemia.

42 Clinical approach to lymphadenopathy and splenomegaly.

43 The patient with abnormal bleeding or bruising.

44 Leukopenia.


45 Oncological emergencies.


46 Introduction to neurological diagnosis 1.

47 Introduction to neurological diagnosis 2.

48 Introduction to neurological diagnosis 3: neuroepidemiology.

49 Common neurological symptoms.

50 Weakness.

51 Disturbance of vision: a neurological perspective.

52 Sudden painless loss of vision.

53 Tremor and other involuntary movements.

54 Headache and facial pain.

55 Episodic alterations in awareness and consciousness.


56 The red eye.


57 Introduction to rheumatological disease.

58 Low back pain and other regional pain syndromes.


59 Introduction to dermatology.

60 Itching and rashes.

61 Hair loss, clubbing and nail disorders.

62 Leg ulcers.

63 Photodermatoses.

Other Acute Medical Emergencies.

64 Attempted suicide by drug poisoning.

65 Anaphylaxis.

66 Allergic reactions.

67 Cardiac and respiratory arrest.

68 Acute confusional states.

69 Coma.

Diseases and Treatments at a Glance.

Cardiovascular Disease.

70 Hypertension.

71 Hyperlipidaemia.

72 Acute coronary syndromes.

73 Acute myocardial infarction.

74 Chronic coronary syndromes.

75 Aortic dissection.

76 Heart failure.

77 Aortic valve disease.

78 Mitral valve disease.

79 Cardiomyopathies.

80 Pericardial disease.

81 Pulmonary embolism.

82 Cardiac infections.

83 Tachyarrhythmias.

84 Bradyarrhythmias.

85 Congenital heart disease.

Respiratory Disease.

86 Lung function tests.

87 Sleep apnoea.

88 Respiratory failure.

89 Basic chest Xray interpretation.

90 Non-invasive ventilation.

91 Mechanical ventilation.

92 Lower respiratory tract infection: pneumonia.

93 Upper respiratory tract infection.

94 Asthma.

95 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

96 Bronchiectasis.

97 Cystic fibrosis.

98 Sarcoidosis and other granulomatous lung diseases.

99 Extrinsic allergic alveolitis (hypersensitivity pneumonitis).

100 Fibrosing alveolitis.

101 Pulmonary eosinophilia and vasculitis.

102 Fungi and the lung.

103 Industrial lung disease.

104 Lung disease caused by drugs.

105 BOOP and ARDS.

106 Primary tumours of the lung.


107 Food poisoning and gastrointestinal infections.

108 Reflux.

109 Peptic ulcer disease.

110 Diverticular disease.

111 Iron deficiency.

112 Abnormal liver function tests.

113 Inflammatory bowel disease.

114 Malabsorption.

115 Pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.

116 Gallstone disease.

117 Hepatitis: viral and autoimmune.

118 Acute and chronic liver disease.

119 Metabolic liver disease (including alcohol).

120 Upper gastrointestinal cancer.

121 Colorectal cancer.

122 Imaging in gastrointestinal disease.

123 Functional gastrointestinal disorders.

124 Nutrition.

Renal Medicine.

125 Renal physiology and function tests.

126 Hypokalaemia and hyperkalaemia.

127 Hyponatraemia and hypernatraemia.

128 Disorders of acid–base balance.

129 Urinary calculi.

130 Nephrotic and nephritic syndromes.

131 Glomerulonephritis.

132 Renal involvement in systemic disease.

133 Hereditary renal disorders.

134 Tubulointerstitial disease.

135 Acute renal failure.

136 Chronic renal failure and the dialysis patient.

137 The renal transplant recipient.

138 Drugs and renal failure.

139 Benign prostatic hypertrophy.

140 Urinary tract infection.


141 Diabetes mellitus.

142 Complications of diabetes.

143 Diabetic emergencies.

144 Hyperprolactinaemia and acromegaly.

145 Hypothyroidism.

146 Hyperthyroidism.

147 Calcium metabolism.

148 Adrenal disease.

149 Miscellaneous endocrine disorders.

150 Hypogonadism.

Infectious Disease.

151 Bacteraemia and septic shock.

152 Common viral infections in adults.

153 HIV infection and AIDS.

154 Common fungal infections.

155 Specific bacterial infections.

156 Malaria.

157 Tuberculosis.

158 Tropical infectious diseases.

159 Diseases predisposing to infection.

160 Immunological deficiency syndromes.


161 Haematinic deficiency anaemias.

162 Haemolytic anaemia.

163 Thalassaemia and sickle cell disease.

164 Bone marrow failure.

165 Acute leukaemia.

166 Chronic leukaemia.

167 Lymphoma.

168 Myeloproliferative disorders.

169 Myeloma.

170 Myelodysplasia.

171 The blood in systemic disease.

172 Platelet disorders.

173 Disorders of coagulation.

174 Anticoagulation.

175 Thrombophilia.


176 Aetiology of cancer.

177 Diagnostic strategies and basic principles of cancer management.

178 Cancer screening and early detection.

179 Breast cancer.

180 Prostate cancer.

181 Cancer with an unknown primary.

182 Paraneoplastic syndromes and hormone-producing cancers.

183 Management of terminal illness.


184 Stroke.

185 Management of stroke.

186 Other vascular disorders of the brain.

187 Dementias.

188 Epilepsy.

189 Multiple sclerosis.

190 Infections of the central nervous system.

191 Tumours and the nervous system.

192 Spinal cord disease.

193 Neuromuscular disease.

194 Peripheral neuropathy.

195 Movement disorders.


196 Osteoarthritis.

197 Gout and pseudogout.

198 Arthritis associated with infectious agents.

199 Metabolic bone disease.

200 Other bone disease.

201 Rheumatoid arthritis.

202 Seronegative spondyloarthropathies.

203 Vasculitis.

204 Systemic lupus erythematosus.

205 Inflammatory muscle disease and other conditions.


206 Eczema and urticaria.

207 Psoriasis.

208 Acne, rosacea, hidradenitis.

209 Disorders of skin pigmentation.

210 Blistering diseases.

211 Skin infections and infestations.

212 The skin and systemic disease.

213 Skin tumours.

214 Orogenital disease.


215 Psychiatric disorders.

216 Illness in elderly people.

217 Fluid replacement therapy.

218 Chronic tiredness and other medically unexplained symptoms.

219 Drug toxicity (adverse drug reactions).


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