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Review: Complete Revision Notes for Medical And Surgical Finals (2nd edition)

Charleen Chan Wah Hak, University of Cambridge

Title: Complete Revision Notes for Medical And Surgical Finals (2nd edition)
ISBN: 9781444120660
Author: Kinesh Patel

An Anaesthetic Muse(um)

Jonathan Dauncey, Cardiff University, UK

Proclaiming it possesses the historical magnitude of the ‘Natural History Museum’ or the g-forces created by the Typhoon Jet simulator in the ‘Science Museum’ is perhaps overstepping the mark. However, the Anaesthesia Museum in London is certainly worth an hour of your time if you ever find yourself shimmying the droves of wide-eyed cash-flashers on Oxford Street. Equidistant between Oxford Circus and Regent’s Park tube stations, the museum boasts over 3000 anaesthetic items from throughout the anaesthetic ages.

References: 

1. Snow, S. Blessed Days of Anaesthesia: How anaesthetics changed the world. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2008 Chapter 2, Discoveries; p. 44-46.
2. Carter, A. Dwale: an anaesthetic from old England. British Medical Journal [Internet]. 1999 Dec 18 [cited 2013 Aug 27]; 319(7225): 1623- 1626. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1127089/
3. Snow, S. Blessed Days of Anaesthesia: How anaesthetics changed the world. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2008 Preface; p. xii.
4. O’Donnell, A. Anaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction. 1st ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2012. Chapter 7, The different branches of anaesthesia; p. 103.

Review of the Oxford Handbook of Medical Sciences

Angus J McKnight, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0SP

Title: The Oxford Handbook of Medical Sciences (2nd Edition)
ISBN: 9780199588442
Author: Robert Wilkins

The iconic Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine has long been a favourite of medical students and junior doctors alike from all over the country. It is used routinely for reference, revision and help on the wards. The Oxford Handbooks series has greatly expanded over the last few years, and there are now handbooks dedicated to a vast number of medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties targeted at all levels of medical training.

Review of Clinical Biochemistry

Stephanie Smith, Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge, CB2 1PD

Title: Clinical Biochemistry
ISBN: 9780199533930
Author: Nessar Ahmed

Clinical Biochemistry is taken from Oxford’s new “Fundamentals of Biomedical Science” range. The authors set out to bridge the gaps between basic science, disease processes and diagnostic medicine. The book would be particularly useful for preclinical students who wish to gain a better insight into the relevance of biochemistry in a clinical context.

Review of OGPL Child Health

Catharine Ward, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0SP

Title: OGPL Child Health
ISBN: 9780199215683

Introduction:

OGPL Child Health is a publication of the Oxford Handbook (OHB) range written predominantly for GPs and other primary health care professionals who have to manage paediatric patients. It covers the majority of common conditions and presentations on a systematic basis with a view to diagnosis and management within the community.

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Review of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine

Marie O'Riordan, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0SP

Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine (4th Edition)
ISBN 9780198570295

The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine aims to be a comprehensive guide to palliative care, presenting 'practical clinical advice backed up by the most up-to-date scientific data' and for the most part it fulfils this aim.

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CMJ Image Challenge

Christina Yek, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0SP

CMJ Image Challenge

Picturing Medicine: Differential Diagnoses

Christina Yek, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0SP

Picturing Medicine: Differential Diagnoses is not your typical medical textbook. The brainchild of Mr John Dickson (a plastic surgery trainee and Cambridge University graduate), it taps into the use of visual memory to aid learning.

Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine 21st Edition

Claire Currie, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0SP

The first edition of Sir Stanley Davidson’s famous work was published in 1952. More than half a century later, it has gone through twenty-one editions and has sold over two million copies.

Review of Saturday by Ian McEwan

Mark Ellul, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0SP, UK

There is something unsettling about a doctor appearing as a main character in a novel. The doctor’s character is often in two dimensions - the surgeon with pocketwatch and paunch or Eliot’s softly-strong Lydgate consumed with fighting his patients’ typhoid fever - but rarely rings true as both a medic and a plausible human being.

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