This page provides updates to many of your favourite handbooks. These updates and corrections will be regularly incorporated into reprints and new electronic versions. The types of update we hope to provide will include:
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties, 9th Edition (ISBN 9780199591183)
Oxford Handbook of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology (ISBN 9780198569251)
Oxford Handbook of Acute Medicine, 3rd edition (ISBN 9780199230921)
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, 8th edition (ISBN 978019932178)
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties, 8th Edition (ISBN 9780199228881)
Oxford Handbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2nd Edition (ISBN 9780199227242)
Oxford Handbook of General Practice, 3rd Edition (ISBN 9780199236107)
Oxford Handbook of Cardiology (ISBN 9780198525974)
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Surgery, 3rd Edition (ISBN 9780198568254)
Oxford Handbook of General Practice 2nd Edition (ISBN 9780198565819)
Oxford Handbook of Medical Sciences (ISBN 9780198528296)
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Examination and Practical Skills (ISBN 9780198568384)
Oxford Handbook of Acute Medicine, 2nd Edition (ISBN 0198520727)
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, 7th Edition (ISBN 9780198568377)
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, 6th Edition (ISBN 0198525583)
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, 5th Edition (ISBN 0192629883)
- New guidelines or results of trials
- Important omissions
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties, 9th Edition
Chapter references and further reading
Chapter 1 - Obstetrics
Chapter 2 - Paediatrics
Chapter 3 - Gynaecology
Chapter 4 - Psychiatry
Chapter 5 - Ophthalmology
Chapter 6 - Primary Care
Chapter 7 - ENT
Chapter 8 - Dermatology
Chapter 9 - Anaesthesia
Chapter 10 - Eponymous Syndromes
Chapter 11 - Orthopaedics and Trauma
Chapter 12 - Pre-hospital Immediate Care
Oxford Handbook of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
The text on this page (line 14) that currently reads:
catalase-positive, aesculin-positive, and oxidase-positive
should instead read:
catalase-positive, aesculin-positive, and oxidase-negative
Oxford Handbook of Acute Medicine, 3rd Edition
Under the heading Pulmonary oedema: management 3' the 7th bullet point should read:
SBP<80mmHg: give a slow IV bolus of adrenaline (2-5mL of 1 in 10 000 adrenaline solution Min-i-Jet), equivalent to 0.2 – 0.5mg adrenaline, and repeat as necessary
SBP<80mmHg: give a slow IV bolus of adrenaline (2-5mls of 1in 1000 adrenaline solution Min-i-Jet) and repeat as necessary.
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, 8th Edition
Middle box, 3rd paragraph, last sentence: This is no longer applicable, as sibutramine has since been discontinued.
The most recent reprint of OHCM 8th Edition has been updated to reflect the new guidelines issued by the UK Resuscitation Council in October 2010. Keep abreast of new guidelines at http://www.resus.org.uk/pages/guide.htm.
Figure 2 (lung anatomy) has been updated – click here to see the new image.
Within the ‘Administering oxygen’ box, under ‘Venturi mask,’ the text in the table should read White: 28% and Yellow: 35% not White: 8% and Yellow: 5%.
The third bullet point after the second heading should read Microalbuminuria is when urine dipstick is –ve for protein but the urine albumin:creatinine ratio (UCR) is ²3mg/mmol (p771) reflecting early renal disease and ^ vascular risk. If UCR >3, inhibiting the renin-angiotensin system, even if BP is normal, protects the kidneys... not Microalbuminuria is when urine dipstick is –ve for protein but the urine albumin:creatinine ratio (UCR) is ²30mg/mmol (p771) reflecting early renal disease and ^ vascular risk. If UCR >30, inhibiting the renin-angiotensin system, even if BP is normal, protects the kidneys.
The last sentence of the third bullet point after the second heading should read Refer if UCR > 7 ± GFR falling by >5mL/min/1.73m²/yr not Refer if UCR > 70 ± GFR falling by >5mL/min/1.73m²/yr..
Table - second column, 3rd heading: should read (or benzylpenicillin 1.2g IM/IV stat if outside hospital) and not (or benzylpenicillin 1.2mg IM stat if outside hospital).
After the heading ‘Shingles’, end of first sentence should read eg 800mg 5 times/d PO for 5-7d if eGFR >25. and not eg 800mg 5 times/d PO for 5-7d if eGFR <25.
The text after ‘Blood film’ should read Blood fim shows a lymphocytosis (²45% of WBC) and atypical lymphocytes... and not Blood fim shows a lymphocytosis (~20% of WBC) and atypical lymphocytes....
The figure has been updated – click here to see the new image.
The text after ‘Signs’ should read Ask the patient to wrinkle up the forehead and close the eyes forcefully (under bilateral cortical control, thus spared in UMN lesions) and not Ask the patient to wrinkle up the forehead and close the eyes forcefully (bilaterally innervated and thus spared in a LMN lesion).
Two lines below the second red-bordered box, ‘Causes of ascites’, it should read with a 21G needle in LIF, not with a 21G needle in RIF.
The text after ‘Recurrent UTIs’ should read (in magnesium ammonium phosphate calculi) and not (in magnesium aluminium phosphate calculi).
The third line under the heading ‘Urinary proteins’ should read protein loss between 30 and 300mg/d, not protein loss between 3 and 300mg/d.
The tenth entry in the bottom table (protein) should be followed by the entry Protein:creatinine ratio (see p309) <3mg/mmol.
The first blue bullet-point of the ‘Antibiotic therapy for meningitis’ box should read <55yrs: cefotaxime 2g/6h slow IV, not <55yrs: cefotaxime 2mg/6h slow IV.
The first bullet point under the lowest heading, ‘Urgent dialysis if’, should read K+ persistently high (>7.0mmol/L), not K+ persistently high (>6.0mmol/L).
The paragraph following ‘Carbon monoxide’ should be replaced by the paragraph CO binds reversibly to Hb to form carboxyhaemoglobin (COHb) which shifts the O2 dissociation curve to the left and down, impairing tissue oxygenation. The PaO2 is normal, but SaO2 is reduced (appears normal if calculated from the PaO2 eg blood gas analyser). However, since CoHb is red the skin often appears pink, or rarely ‘cherry red’. Breathing 100% O2, or use of a hyperbaric chamber, dramatically increases the rate at which CO is displaced from Hb..
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties, 8th Edition
The most recent reprint of OHCS 8th Edition has been updated to reflect the new guidelines issued by the UK Resuscitation Council in October 2010. Keep abreast of new guidelines at http://www.resus.org.uk/pages/guide.htm.
On page 531, the section on Rimonabant should be removed, as the drug has been deemed dangerous and hence discontinued. Similarly, the section on Sibutramine should be removed, as this drug has also been deemed dangerous and hence discontinued.
Inside front cover
The left-hand page should read Harvey, not Hardy.
On page 6, line 10 should read ‘Muscle hypertrophy occurs up to 20 weeks, with stretching after that’, not ‘Muscle hyperplasia occurs up to 20 weeks, with stretching after that’.
On the table at the bottom of the text box on page 7, the first line of the first column should read <19.8, not <119.8.
The second line of text should read (>5% of body mass), and not (<15% of body mass).
On page 48, line 9 should read (fig 1, p15; lower vessels), not (fig 1, p0; lower vessels).
On page 224, the bottom line of the Centile table should read (one number per column moving left to right) 18yrs 46 57 75, not greyed out as it is currently.
On page 628, the third line of paragraph 3 should read OHCM p153, not OHCM 3.
On page 631, the first line of the first paragraph should read Lack of appropriate levels of general anaesthesia, not Lack of inappropriate levels of general anaesthesia.
On page 659, the fifth line of the caption for Figure 2 should read <22mm, not <22m.
On page 665, the credit line for the radiographs should read Figs 2 & 3, not Figs 1 & 2.
On page 703, the credit line for Figure 1 should read "Courtesy of Norwich Radiology Department".
On page 717, the bottom line of the bottom table should read(cell 2) Some active movement and (cell 3)Grade 5, not greyed out as it is currently.
On page 765, Figure 3 should read Axillary artery, not Subclavian artery.
Index, page 831
On page 831, the bottom of the second column should read MODY 187, not MODY 156.
Oxford Handbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2nd Edition
On page 116, under the heading 'Spina bifida,' the text after 'Myelomeningocele' should read:
On page 116, under the heading 'Spina bifida,' the text after 'Meningocele' should read:
The entry for abdominal pain should refer to pages 88 and 90, not 86 and 88.
Oxford Handbook of General Practice, 3rd Edition
On page 370, under the heading 'Solitary thyroid nodules,' the text after 'Malignant' should read:
On page 464, after the heading 'Conventional drug therapy,' line three should read:
alpha adreceptor antagonist e.g. Prazosin, Doxazosin
alpha adrenoceptor agonist e.g. Prazosin, Doxazosin.
On page 807, after the heading 'Risk to the baby,' the beginning of line two should read:
On page 921, after the heading 'Rehabilitation,' the cross reference should read:
pp206 and 590.
Oxford Handbook of Cardiology
The Sentence on page 626 should read: Systolic BP <80 mmHg give a slow IV bolus of epinephrine (2-5 ml of 1 in 10,000 solution Min-I-Jet and repeated if necessary).
Systolic BP <80 mmHg give a slow IV bolus of epinephrine (2-5 ml of 1 in 1000 solution Min-I-Jet and repeated if necessary).
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Surgery, 3rd Edition
Pages xxiii and xxiv
Two contributors below were missed from the contributor list:
Gregor Walker, Specialist Registrar,
Department of Surgical Paediatrics, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow, UK
Peter Raine, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon,
Department of Surgical Paediatrics, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow, UK
Oxford Handbook of General Practice 2nd Edition
Pages 1064 and 1065
Within figures 29.16 and 29.16, the dosages for salbutamol and terbutaline should be 2.5 mg and 5 mg respectively, not 5 mg and 10 mg.
Page 1064 Acute Asthma in Children
Under Life-threatening asthma, hydrocortisone dose should be IV hydrocortisone 100mg not IV hydrocortisone 10mg.
Page 1065 Acute Asthma in Children
Under Life-threatening asthma, hydrocortisone dose should be IV hydrocortisone 50mg not IV hydrocortisone 10mg.
Oxford Handbook of Medical Sciences
Inside front cover
Under 'lateral' it should say midline instead of midle
Under 'Starch' it should say amylose instead of amylase
In what is metabolism second bullet point should start anabolism not metabolism
PDH kinase is INactivated by PDH substrates
It should read:
purines - guanine and ADENINE
pyramidines - cytosine and THYMINE
Initiation. page refers to DNA polymerase II. It is RNA polymerase II that catalyses mRNA formation.
Corrected equations should read as follows:
||Ex = -
||RT ln [X]o
||-61.5 log10 [X]i
The text up to Surfactant is secreted by Type II alveolar cells from about 30 weeks gestation ... should be replaced with the following:
A saline-filled lung is readily inflated, whereas surface tension at one with an air-water interface shows reduced compliance. Surfactant reduces surface tension compared to water and renders the lung more compliant. On alveolar inflation, as the surface area of the surfactant film increases, surface tension is increased, thereby preventing smaller alveoli from emptying into larger ones. Finally, the static surface tension of a film of surfactant is greater when measured during expansion than during contraction (this accounts for the observed hysteresis).
For the vascular resistance equation it should be:
vascular resistance is proportional to length x fluid viscosity (radius)4
i.e. radius should be to the power of 4.
The last equation, should read:
ie: volume cleared = GFR = ([X]urine.V) / [X]plasma
(that is [X]urine should multiply by V, not divide as appears in the book).
Morning after pill contains a high concentration of progesterone not estrogen
Under the entry for Viagra it should read 246 not 10.10.5
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Examination and Practical Skills
Last paragraph under subheading Sensory inattentioin third bullet point:
The sentence should read: in a right sided parietal lesion, the patient will feel both left and right sides, but when both sides are touched, they will only be able to feel the stimulus on the RIGHT side." not ...they will only be able to feel the stimulus on the left side.
Oxford Handbook of Acute Medicine, 2nd Edition
Under the heading 'Nitrates', (50mg in 50ml nitrate saline at 1-10ml/h) should read (50mg in 50ml normal saline at 1-10ml/h)
Under the heading 'β-blockers', (e.g. atenolol 25-1000mg od) should read (e.g. atenolol 25-100mg od)
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, 7th Edition
Page 378. The contact details for 'Tropical medicine emergency advice' in London are now out of date. The Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London now offers a 24-hour telephone advice service to UK-based clinicians looking after patients from the tropics. The duty tropical medicine registrar can be contacted via the switchboard at University College Hospital on 08451 555000
Page 33, Figure 'The cardiac cycle'
The fourth heart sound has been indicated to occur before the p wave on the EKG has started. This should actually be shown to a after the p wave.
Page 581, Box 'Assessing hypovolaemia from blood loss'
Under the column titled 'Class 1', blood loss should be <15% and <750ml, rather than >15% and >750ml.
Page 681, Table 'Enzyme Inducers and Inhibitors'
Omeprazole should be categorized as an enzyme inhibitor, rather than an enzyme inducer.
Page 747, bullet 12 - Checking the position of a nasogastric tube
The Patient Safety Agency (NHS) asserts that pH paper (not litmus paper) be used for checking pH of the gastric aspirate, and that that injecting air and listing for bubbling is unreliable and should not be used. See http://www.npsa.nhs.uk/site/media/documents/
Page 791. Third box down in RH column re: Synchronized DC shock should read: | 200J | 360J | 360J
Page 806. First bullet in last paragraph should read: <55 yrs: cefotaxime 2g/6h.
Page 821, box concerning hyperkalaemia.
Under "Treatment", second bullet. For "Insulin + glucose, eg 20U soluble insulin + 50mL of glucose 50% IV. Insulin moves K+ into cells.", read " Insulin + glucose, eg 50mL of 50% glucose (unless hyperglycaemic) followed by 10U rapidly-acting insulin over ~10mins. This may need repeating. Monitor for hypoglycaemia. Insulin moves K+ into cells."
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, 6th Edition
Page 479 - PANCREAS Mnemonic for acute pancreatitis
Oxford University Press would like to acknowledge Mr Etienne M. Moore MA FRCS (Gen. Surg.) for kindly letting us reproduce his PANCREAS mnemonic (Moore EM. A useful mnemonic for severity stratification in acute pancreatitis. Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2000;82:16-17)
Page 45, The cardiac cycle
The axis showing pressure should be labelled 0 - 110 mmHg not 0 - 1110 mmHg.
Under the heading 'Myoglobin', subheading 'Tests', the arrow preceding PO43- should point up, not down.
Under the heading 'Features of', subheading 'GH lack', the arrow after glucose should point down, not up.
Page 380, Epilepsy: Management
Under the heading 'Commonly used drugs', maximum dose of Carbamezapine should be
800-1000mg/12hr, not 800-1000g/12hr.
Page 711, Drug therapeutic ranges in plasma
The therapeutic range for phenobarital should be 60-180 µmol/L, not 60-80 µmol/L.
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, 5th Edition
Page 650, Anticoagulants
In the paragraph 'Beginning anticoagulation' the table should read as follows:
Measure APTT every 10h (every 4h if APPT >7, and stop the IVI)
|Change rate (iu/h) by
N.B. This correction has been incorporated into the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, 6th Edition.