Edited by Jeremy Levy, Edwina Brown and Anastasia Lawrence
4th Edition Published 2016
Published by Oxford University Press
The Oxford handbook series continues to go from strength to strength and this new edition adds to the large library of Oxford medical handbooks which are publicly available. In fact one of the first pages in the book is devoted to what is (and will be) available in the series and it is a most impressive collection. So step forwards this new version of the Oxford Handbook of Dialysis, now in its 4th edition and until now I never knew of its existence, prior to this review. I am glad now that I know it is there. Many of us from time to time, have to deal with patients who require dialysis, especially if we have to deal with diabetic patients. This book provides an excellent reference source to help us manage these patients.
As like all the books in the Oxford medical handbook series, the book has a strong vinyl cover that protects the book which runs to 671 pages and covers the subject in good breadth and depth. Again like the other books in the series, it covers the topic in a practical way, designed to help you manage a patient with a specific problem. In terms of dialysis, for many of us, this is a potential dip in our knowledge gap and this is an excellent book to help non specialists deal with patients with dialysis problems. Of course there is always the dialysis unit to call for help but it is good that other healthcare professionals have access to a knowledge source that can help them. I also think this book will be ideal for staff who work in dialysis units, especially those new to working there. However experienced staff wanting to refresh their knowledge will also appreciate access to this book.
Like all the other Oxford medical handbooks, the text is written in small chunks, often bullet point lists and there is also sensible use of tables. There is the odd diagram but the book is primarily text driven and it is easy to read and understand. Furthermore all the authors are UK based so the book is highly relevant for a UK audience but I am sure a global audience will appreciate access to this book as well.
It is a good book and it looks at an area that often does not get a lot of coverage and there is plenty to learn about the topic from this book. I think it would be ideal for healthcare professionals new to dialysis or those wanting to learn more. There is a lot of useful material here that is not easily found elsewhere. It is also sensibly priced and good value for money and being part of the highly respected Oxford medical handbook series, you know what you are getting. A quality and practical book which helps you to manage patients.
Dr Harry Brown