Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine, 20e
With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access
Nicholas A. Boon, MA, MD, FRCP(Ed), FESC, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Honorary Reader, University of Edinburgh
Nicki R. Colledge, BSc, FRCP(Ed), Consultant Geriatrician, Liberton Hospital, Edinburgh and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Honorary Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine, University of Edinburgh
Brian R. Walker, BSc, MD, FRCP(Ed), Professor of Endocrinology, University of Edinburgh
and John A. A. Hunter, OBE, BA, MD, FRCP(Ed), Professor Emeritus of Dermatology, University of Edinburgh
Published June 2006
1392 pages /. 950 ills (800 in full color)
At Dundee University, the recommended general medical text book is Kumar and Clark, but I have never found it to suit my style of learning, and I had been interested in finding a more suitable alternative. Although having always been taught not to judge a book by its cover, the first impression gained from Davidson’s is of a more serious medical tome.
I liked the approach taken in Davidson’s — the detailed information explains complex ideas in a clear and easily understandable style, but in sufficient detail to give a true understanding of the material. I also found the numerous boxes useful to provide summaries of specific aspects of medicine (although the key to the different types of boxes was not immediately obvious).
My overall impression is that Davidson’s is the medical text book that meets my needs in a way that I felt Kumar and Clark never did. However, until I start using it for studying specific topics it will be difficult assess the book in more detail. I am however looking forward to having a good general medical textbook with which I feel comfortable studying for my finals, and I would be happy to recommend it to peers who are looking for an alternative to Kumar and Clark.
Posted 1st Jul 2008