Don’t write a textbook—it’s incredibly hard work
What motivated Parveen Kumar and Michael Clark to write their famous textbook?
- By: Lucy Blair, David Miller
“The last bit kills you, you want to throw it, you want to scream, you look forward to tea time, lunch time, and coffee time; it’s always in the back of your mind—it never leaves you,” said Professor Parveen Kumar.
Now in its seventh edition, Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine has been an authority in medical textbooks for the past 21 years.1 Published in more than eight different languages, many a medical student has come to love their copy of K+C, which takes pride of place on the bookshelf. We met and interviewed the two doctors at the launch party for their new edition.
It was hard to imagine how we should act around these two celebrities of the medical world. A picture of both personalities began to unfold, however, and we were quickly made to feel at ease. Professor Kumar and Dr Clark immediately gave out a sense