Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine, 23rd Edition

Authors :
Stuart H. Ralston & Ian Penman & Mark Strachan & Richard Hobson
Date of Publication: 03/2018

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 ill......view more

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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 earned lavish praise and won numerous prizes including being highly commended in the British Medical Association book awards. 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.


New to this edition
  • The new second section on emergency and critical care medicine introduces a significantly expanded and comprehensive account of the approaches to dealing with acute medical and critical illness.
  • Two new chapters on maternal and adolescent/transition medicine complement the one on ageing and disease by addressing problems encountered at key stages of patients’ lives.
  • A new chapter on medical ophthalmology has been included as a direct response to readers’ requests.

  • The opening chapter has been completely rewritten with a new focus on the important principles of clinical decision-making or clinical reasoning.
  • A new internal text design for this 23rd Edition provides a simpler and clearer presentation of the various categories of text boxes.


Key Features
  • The opening section describes the fundamentals of genetics, immunology, infectious diseases and population health, and discusses the core principles of clinical decision-making and good prescribing.
  • A new second section on emergency and critical care medicine encompasses poisoning, envenomation and environmental medicine, and introduces a new chapter on acute medicine and critical illness.
  • The third section covers the major medical specialties, each thoroughly revised and brought fully up to date. Two new chapters on maternal and adolescent/transition medicine complement the one on ageing and disease. A new chapter on medical ophthalmology has been included.
  • Clinical Examination overviews summarise the main elements for each system and now feature in the biochemistry, nutrition and dermatology chapters.
  • Presenting Problems sections provide a clear pathway for the assessment of and approach to the most common complaints in each specialty.
  • Practice Point summaries detail the practical skills that medical students and junior doctors must acquire.
  • Emergency boxes emphasise the core knowledge needed to manage acutely ill patients.
  • In Old Age, In Pregnancy and In Adolescence boxes highlight differences in the practice of medicine in these patient groups, and illustrate the interfaces between medical, obstetric and paediatric services.
  • The text is extensively illustrated, with over 1000 diagrams, clinical photographs, and radiology and pathology images.
  • The global perspective is enhanced by an International Advisory Board of experts from 17 countries, and by authors from around the world.

Author Information
Edited by Stuart H. Ralston, MD FRCP FMedSci FRSE FFPM(Hon), Arthritis Research UK Professor of Rheumatology, University of Edinburgh; Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, UK ; Ian D Penman, BSc(Hons) MD FRCPE, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh; Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, UK ; Mark W J Strachan, BSc(Hons), MD, FRCPE , Consultant Endocrinologist, Metabolic Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh; Honorary Professor, University of Edinburgh, UK and Richard Hobson, LLM, PhD, MRCP(UK), FRCPath , Consultant Microbiologist, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust; Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds, UK