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Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties


Now in its 25th year, the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties has been revised and updated by a trusted author team to bring you practical, up-to-date clinical advice and a unique outlook on the practice of medicine. Twelve books in one, this is the ultimate guide to the core clinical specialties for students, junior doctors, and specialists.

This edition features a new and improved referencing system guided by a team of junior doctors, ensuring that the text is packed with...

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Now in its 25th year, the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties has been revised and updated by a trusted author team to bring you practical, up-to-date clinical advice and a unique outlook on the practice of medicine. Twelve books in one, this is the ultimate guide to the core clinical specialties for students, junior doctors, and specialists.

This edition features a new and improved referencing system guided by a team of junior doctors, ensuring that the text is packed with valuable references to the most salient data and guidelines across the specialties. Each chapter has been updated on the advice of a team of specialists, to bring you everything you need for any eventuality on the ward or in the field. This essential handbook guides the reader through the management of an unprecedented spectrum of conditions and eventualties, from sexual health to major incident management. Compact and filled with high quality artwork, directions to further reading, and wise advice, this book is an ideal resource for revision and reference on the go.

With its companion volume, the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties offers a unique perspective on the practice of medicine. Filled with wit, wisdom, and humanity, this book draws on literature, history, and personal experience to teach a philosophy of medicine that always puts the patient at the centre of compassionate care. It is a trustworthy companion for anyone with the spirit of self-improvement and a passion for their practice.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Jill Pitcher, DO (Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine)
Description: Several small handbooks are available as quick reference tools for physicians. This handbook is unique, providing an insightful guide to the major medical specialties as well as a practical tool for portable, quick help in specific patient situations.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide sufficient medical knowledge about the most common presenting problems in the major specialties while encouraging sympathy, respect, and compassion in interactions with patients to prevent physicians from losing sight of the human aspects of medicine. In the authors' words, this "unique philosophy of patient-centered medicine" reminds us what we should be learning from the patient in a two-way exchange. Applying humanism as the basis of delivering medical care, the reward for the physician and proven healing effect for the patient becomes evident. I found this focus delightful and worthy of every physician's consideration.
Audience: Written by three physicians practicing in Great Britain, this book benefits two populations. Medical students seeking insights into different specialties before making a career choice will find thorough descriptions of the major medical and other professional issues they will face in each one. Since family medicine encompasses some aspects of all specialties, this section focuses more on current issues than disease, such as Internet health education, the pros and cons of evidence-based medicine, and the necessary expansion of quality care further into community-based primary care physicians' hands with a truly patient-centered approach. They consistently encourage sympathy and compassion in the many types of patient interactions primary care providers will face and the reward this brings in a career that encompasses patient care from conception to end of life. The authors mine their experience for rich, authoritative insights into these many aspects of medicine.
Features: The layout makes this book user friendly. Pocket sized, it is broken into chapters based on the major specialties and cross referenced. Each page is the sum of that topic, making a search for a particular topic easy. The authors use concise description, occasional cases, and humor in their approach to diseases physicians often see, providing reasonable treatment for each one. There are color pictures and graphs of good definition, including the Ishihara test for color blindness. The index is detailed and the book comes with three built-in page markers as well as a removable bookmark that has conversion factors and edges for measuring in centimeters and inches. One difficulty is the small font size, but perhaps only for older physicians.
Assessment: Although there are several good pocket-sized medical references, I have not seen one that has the detail and easy format for quick reference as this one does. It includes thoughtful tools and an invitation for feedback from the authors. What I find most appealing is the unique emphasis on the human aspects of practicing medicine that is evident throughout, which is blended well with the more frequently taught technical, knowledge-based information. The authors succeed in their goal of emphasizing connection and compassion as a means to delivering more effective patient care as well as supporting and enhancing the physician's reason for choosing this career. If you are looking for a quick reference medical book, you will not be disappointed. The focus on the perspective of compassionate humans caring for people in need is a particularly useful bonus.
From the Publisher

"The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties is definitely what it claims to be: 'an essential guide'. In my view it's a must have for fourth and fifth year medicine...I believe this book would be a worthwhile investment for fourth and fifth year medical students and would highly recommend it."--Razia Butt, 4th year Medical Student

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199591183
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 858
  • Sales rank: 1,034,803
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Collier is a general practitioner living in Sussex, UK.

Murray Longmore, also the author of the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, is a general practitioner living in Sussex, UK.

Keith Amarakone is a Emergency Department Registrar at Cairns Base Hospital, Queensland, Australia.

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Table of Contents

1. Obstetrics
2. Paediatrics
3. Gynaecology
4. Psychiatry
5. Ophthalmology
6. Primary Care
7. ENT
8. Dermatology
9. Anaesthesia
10. Eponymous Syndromes
11. Orthopaedics and Trauma
12. Pre-hospital Immediate Care

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