Book review: Saunders' Pocket Essentials of Clinical Medicine
- By: Stephen Ford
Think of situations when a dinky medical textbook is useful: panic revision on the bus; outpatient clinics, when fathoming your consultant's inscrutable diagnoses; nocturnal on.calls with exhausted senior house officers; romantic dinners when the conversation runs dry.
The gastroenterology specialists Ballinger and Patchett offer salvation from such plights by way of an attractive rival to the Oxford Handbooks and companion to the Kumar and Clark texts. At £11.99 it represents good value, something worth considering by the time the clinical years come round. You've probably spent enough on textbooks to be cautious about delving into your loan for further purchases.
There's a need for this kind of book, especially one that's good value, but is it any good? It is, for what it does. Ballinger and Patchett have written a mini Kumar and Clark: a potentially valuable resource for the clinical years.
Gastroenterology is an obvious area of strength, considering