Over thirty years of publishing the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine

  1. First Edition (1985): Do not adjust your sets, it really was blue and orange, and came with a foreword by the then editor of the British Medical Journal.
  2. Second Edition (1989): The first appearance of the distinctive “cheese and onion” livery, with blank pages for readers’ notes, and space to affix updates printed in the British Medical Journal.
  3. Third Edition (1993): The cheese and onion appears in colour for the first time and readers can receive updates by fax!
  4. Fourth Edition (1998): Came complete with an “electronic version adaptable via the Internet” and features “electronic links to the World Wide Web”. Whatever happened to that?
  5. Fifth Edition (2001): The authors include their own reworking of the Hippocratic Oath, and the book opens with a cautionary tale from an Inspector Morse novel.
  6. Sixth Edition (2004): Included colour plates, and the preface reflects on the constant emergence of new diseases to cover: SARS gets it’s first mention.
  7. Seventh Edition (2007): Full colour images are now integrated into the text, and occasional subversive asides are included to remind the reader “that we should work for our patients, not our consultants”.
  8. Eighth Edition (2010): The biggest volume ever published, the eighth edition runs to 910 pages, and marks the 25th anniversary of the OHCM.
  9. Ninth Edition (2014): The latest edition features a retro cover design, and encourages readers “to become the doctors they want to be”.

Do you have a copy? Which one?