Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, 3/e 2003

ISBN: 0198510985

Category: Medical

Tag: Medical/Medicine

Posted on 2007-07-21. By anonymous.


Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, 3/e 2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Number Of Pages: 1280
Publication Date: 2003-11-27
Sales Rank: 816160
ISBN / ASIN: 0198510985
EAN: 9780198510987
Binding: Hardcover
Manufacturer: Oxford University Press, USA
Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Average Rating: 4.5

The 'Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine' has firmly established itself as the definitive book on the subject and is highly acclaimed world-wide. This new edition has been significantly revised and updated to reflect the enormous changes in read.freeduan.com palliative care over the last five years. Two new international co-editors, Nathan Cherny and Sir Kenneth Calman, have been recruited and bring vast experience to the book. The new edition includes sixty-six completely new chapters and contributors. New sections and chapters devoted exclusively to such non-malignant conditions as cardiac disease, non-malignant respiratory disease, non-malignant neurological disease and AIDS have been added as well as new chapters on palliative medicine in intensive care and geriatric care, and complementary and alternative therapies in palliative medicine. There is a brand new section on the contributions to palliative care of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, music- , art- and speech- therapists, stoma therapists, clinical pharmacists and clinical psychologists. Every chapter used in the first two editions have been radically reviewed and brought up-to-date. There are authoritative international contributions from over 150 renowned experts. The book is written for doctors, specialist palliative medicine physicians, oncologists, geriatricians, surgeons, family physicians, neurologists and chest physicians. We know, however, that it is much used by nurses and researchers in other disciplines, though not written primarily for them.


size of letters

the quality of paper and thickness of the book is much improved ,so can the size of letters be increased?


Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine 3e

It's here. What we've all been waiting for. The third edition of the OTPM. And it does not disappoint.

This edition looks to be largely re-written, not just up-dated, and there are many new contributors. There is a new section on the palliation of non-malignant disease, which I think will be particularly useful for the majority of us who deal primarily with advanced cancer. New chapters deal with the role of each of the allied health professionals who make up the multidisciplinary team. There are also new chapters on the principles of evidence-based medicine and on learning communication skills, both of which I think are particularly welcome.

It is not possible to review each section of what is a very large textbook. Overall, it provides good coverage of the whole field of palliative medicine. Duplication, as may occur in any multi-authored text, has been kept to a minimum. Although it has about the same number of pages, the use of a smaller (but very legible) font gives the impression that this edition is considerably larger and has a lot more information than the previous one. I have to declare that I wrote the chapter on HIV/AIDS in Adults, about which nothing more will be said, but had nothing else to do with the production of this book.

Is it up to date? I browsed a few areas where practice has changed in the last few years and found good coverage for selective COX-2 inhibitors, NMDA receptor antagonists and interventional radiology, although the usefulness of low molecular weight heparins in palliative care has not been emphasized.

Is it worth it? The book is not cheap by anybody's standards. But the answer has to be yes because this book will remain the gold standard reference in palliative medicine for the next few years at least. The editors are to be congratulated on the successful completion of what is a very impressive reference. And all who work in palliative medicine owe a debt of gratitude to Derek Doyle, who has now pioneered this book through three editions.

Dr Roger Woodruff
Director of Palliative Care, Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia



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