Book: Medical Management & Therapeutics
Edited by: Parveen Kumar & Michael Clark
Publisher: Saunders Elsevier
Reviewer: John Williams (Medical Student)
“Kumar & Clark’s Clinical Medicine” is well known within the medical field for its extensive content and also the amount of space it takes on the book shelf! Fortunately the pair have come together again to produce this handbook.
Medical Management & Therapeutics, like many other medical texts, has chapters based on systems but focuses on the treatment and management in particular. The content is broad but very concise and is easy to follow which is particularly useful when you need to focus in on a specific disorder or treatment. The layout of the book makes it very easy to read, Kumar and Clark haven’t fallen into the temptation of using small text and no gaps to ram as much content in as possible! The text is a good size and the use of paragraphs, bullet points and spaces throughout stop you from getting stuck in pages of bulky text.
The extensive index and clear contents makes this book great for a quick reference tool which is what you want from a handbook. Throughout the book there are many tables and diagrams which provide an effective and easy to learn summary of some of the content. As a second year medical student I have found this book useful to keep sight on the clinical aspects of illnesses which will equip me for clinical placements. Its lightweight and small design will make this book a valuable resource on the wards. AND if that isn’t enough its extensive content and references to further reading material makes it a great text to study from."