Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine, IE, 22/e

Author: Walker
Edition: 22nd
ISBN: 9780702050473
Language: English
Published: 2014
Publisher: Elsevier, UK

More than two million medical students, doctors and other health professionals around the globe have owned a copy of Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine since it was first published.

Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine

 22nd (International Edition)


More than two million medical students, doctors and other health professionals from around the globe have owned a copy of Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine since it was first published. Today’s readers rely on this beautifully illustrated text to provide up-to-date detail of contemporary medical practice, presented in a style that is concise and yet easy to read. Davidson’s provides the factual knowledge required to practise medicine, explaining it in the context of underlying principles, basic science and research evidence, and shows how to apply this knowledge to the management of patients who present with problems rather than specific diseases. The book has won numerous prizes including being highly commended in the British Medical Association book awards.

Davidson’s global perspective is enhanced by the input of an international team of authors and a distinguished International Advisory Board from 17 countries. Building on the foundations laid down by its original editor,Davidson’s remains one of the world’s leading and most respected textbooks of medicine.

Key Features

  • The underlying principles of medicine are described concisely in the first part of the book, and the detailed practice of medicine within each sub-specialty is described in later system-based chapters.
  • Most chapters begin with a two-page overview of the important elements of the clinical examination, including a manikin to illustrate the key steps in the examination of the relevant system.
  • A practical, problem-based clinical approach is described in the ‘Presenting Problems’ sections, to complement the detailed descriptions of each disease.
  • The text is extensively illustrated, with over 1000 diagrams, clinical photographs, and radiology and pathology images.
  • 1350 text boxes present information in a way suitable for revision, including 150 clinical evidence boxes summarising the results of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials and 65 ’In Old Age’ boxes highlighting important aspects of medical practice in the older population.
  • A combined index and glossary of medical acronyms contains over 10 000 subject entries. The contents can also be searched comprehensively as part of the online access to the whole book on the StudentConsult platform.
  • Access over 500 self-testing questions with answers linked to the book’s content for further reading.
  • The text uses both SI and non-SI units to make it suitable for readers throughout the globe.

Table of Contents

Part 1 - Principles of medicine

Good medical practice
Therapeutics and good prescribing

Molecular and genetic factors in disease
Immunological factors in disease
Environmental and nutritional factors in disease

Principles of infectious disease
Ageing and disease
Part 2 - Practice of medicine

Critical illness

Medical psychiatry

Palliative care and pain
Infectious disease

HIV infection and AIDS
Sexually transmitted infections
Clinical biochemistry and metabolism
Kidney and urinary tract disease
Cardiovascular disease
Respiratory disease
Endocrine disease
Diabetes mellitus
Alimentary tract and pancreatic disease
Liver and biliary tract disease
Blood disease
Rheumatology and bone disease
Neurological disease

Stroke disease
Skin disease
Laboratory reference ranges