Views & Reviews Medical Classics

The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 14 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:393
  1. David Warriner, F2 accident and emergency, Scarborough
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    What do Inspector Morse, Marcel Proust, and Sengstaken-Blakemore have in common? Did they meet at college? Were their middle names all Kenneth? No. They can all be found in the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine.

    First written by a group of friends as a collection of notes designed to help new doctors, it is now in its seventh edition and approaching its 23rd birthday. It covers everything in medicine and surgery, from advanced life support to zoonoses. Since its conception in the 1980s, the 400 gram tablet has kept up with the times—from monochrome to colour, regular size to mini version, and now paper …

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