Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties / Edition 6

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"This latest edition of the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties continues its long tradition of providing a unique resource for medical students and junior doctors. It is an excellent companion for anyone who would like an introduction to the medical specialties, those who practice across a wide range of specialties, or whose field interacts with many other specialties. It is also ideal for those who simply enjoy broadening their medical knowledge, knowing that they will be equipped for any eventuality on the ward or in the field!" There has been a substantial increase in the number of full-colour images and diagrams, helping the reader to develop their diagnostic skills and guiding them along the best course for management of an unprecedented spectrum of conditions, from acute glaucoma to zoster infection. Best evidence, advances in practice, and guidelines are all fully updated, including the latest BLS, APLS, and ATLS approaches. Furthermore, it gives practical insight into topics such as major incident management, and the assessment of developmental milestones in children. There are also new features throughout the book that help clear the mists from often confusing medical terminology.
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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: 9780198525189
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: 6th Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 815
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 1.20 (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 Paeditrics

3 Gynaecology

4 Psychiatry

5 Ophthalmology

6 Primary Care

7 Ear, nose, and throat diseases

8 Dermatology

9 Anaesthesia

10 Unusual eponymous syndromes

11 Orthopaedics and trauma

12 Pre-hospital immediate care


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