Kumar and Clark: the interview
Debashis Singh meets two authors with an innovative approach to medical teaching
- By: Debashis Singh
“She'll be late. She's always late,” said Mike Clark as we sat in the bar at St Bartholomew's Hospital. He looked agitated. The stout gentleman with a flushed complexion who sat before me was the co-editor of a book - the hugely popular Clinical Medicine by Kumar and Clark.
First published in 1987, Clinical Medicine (better known as “Kumar and Clark”) broke new ground as the first textbook to present medicine in an interesting, user friendly way. “Kumar and Clark” no longer refers to two gastrointestinal consultants but has become a brand name.
Parveen Kumar entered the bar, looking flustered from a ward round, clutching a mobile phone and a bag of crisps. She was a tall thin Indian woman with striking features, bursting with energy and eager to talk. Dr Clark on the other hand was more stoical and austere. They could not be more different, although they are