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Ed Richard Pattman, Michael Snow, Pauline Handy, K Nathan Sankar, Babiker Elawad. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, pp 580; £24. ISBN 0-19-852077-8.
As a medical student and then a junior doctor I carried an Oxford Handbook of Medicine around with me like a security blanket as I stalked the wards and casualty department in the sure knowledge that it would enable me to deal with most problems after a brief thumb through its familiar pages. Indeed, I still dive into it …