Edited by Andrew Baldwin
Published by Oxford University Press, September 2020
The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties has been the companion of many medical students, GP registrars and GPs as well as junior doctors over the years. Now four years later, I welcome the latest 11th edition.
As a GP Registrar, I find this book of immense value during my hospital rotations, as well as during my rotation at the GP Surgery. It is also serving me as a source of information to prepare for the Applied Knowledge Test needed for my Certificate of Completion of Training.
Each of the twelve specialties covered is packed with the latest essential facts, colour charts, protocols, and the latest NICE guidelines. This new edition also includes a more in-depth chapter dedicated to General Practice as compared to the previous editions. Like the previous editions, there is no lack of humour, philosophy, anecdotes and the familiar chapter “Eponymous syndromes”
Chapter 15 of this latest edition is a new chapter, “Doctor’s health and performance,“ and is now more than ever relevant during the current Covid-19 pandemic where we are tirelessly protecting the health of the nation throughout this crisis.
This chapter provides valuable insights on how to recognize and to manage stress, as well as how to look after one’s own personal health; something we, as medical healthcare workers, often tend to forget.
I particularly liked the section about resilience, which eloquently describes how an individual demonstrates resilience and how to develop this. Regardless at what level you are in your medical career or the specialty you have chosen, we all must manage stress and continue to build up our resilience.
The strength of this book lies in its format; although we live in a time where we continuously use our smartphones to look up information, the practical pocket size of this book together with its clear-cut text and clear concise charts and protocols allow one to absorb a huge amount of information rapidly. This is exactly what you need whilst working on the wards or in an outpatient or primary care setting, or when you would like to look up information.
The latest 11th edition offers an improvement in the content of each chapter as compared to the 10th edition published four years ago, and hence I would recommend purchasing the latest edition which, under £33 represents very good value for money.
Dr Michel Zar
15th November 2020