Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine,
Edition 24
Edited by Ian D Penman, BSc(Hons) MD FRCPE, Stuart H. Ralston, MD FRCP FMedSci FRSE FFPM(Hon), Mark W J Strachan, BSc(Hons), MD, FRCPE and Richard Hobson, LLM, PhD, MRCP(UK), FRCPath

Publication Date: 01 Mar 2022

Well over 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 over 70 years ago. Now in its 24th Edition, this thoroughly updated textbook describes the pathophysiology and clinical features of the most frequently encountered conditions in the major specialties of adult medicine, and explains how to recognise, investigate, diagnose and manage them. Taking its origins from Sir Stanley Davidson’s much-admired lecture notes, Davidson’s has endured because it keeps pace with how modern medicine is taught and provides a wealth of trusted information in an easy-to-read, concise and beautifully illustrated format.

Key features:

  • Part 1 ‘Fundamentals of Medicine’ - provides an account of the principles of genetics, immunology, infectious diseases, population health, oncology and pain management, along with a discussion of the core principles behind clinical decision-making and good prescribing.
  • Part 2 ‘Emergency and Critical Care Medicine’ - covers medical emergencies in poisoning, envenomation and medicine in austere environments, as well as common presentations in acute medicine and the recognition and management of the critically ill.
  • Part 3 ‘Clinical Medicine’- covers the major medical specialties, each thoroughly revised and brought fully up to date. A new section on COVID-19 has been added and the impact of this infection is described throughout the book.
  • Clinical Examination overviews - extended and updated to summarise the main elements for each system.
  • 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 11 countries and by leading authors from around the world.

The complete, downloadable eBook version is included with your (print copy) purchase – for easy access on your portable device, anytime, anywhere! Now enhanced with:

  • NEW interactive self-assessment material over 150 Questions and Answers test your understanding of chapter key points and aid efficient exam preparation

Davidson’s will serve readers everywhere as a core text that integrates medical science with clinical medicine, conveying key knowledge and practical advice in a highly accessible and readable format.


Beautifully constructed with superb clarity of style - Davidson's continues to provide for students, doctors and other health professionals a sound basis for the practice of medicine.

Royal Society of Medicine and Society of Authors Medical Book Awards

This book comes through where others fail: an excellent textbook, easy to read and superb value.

British Medical Journal

About the author
Edited by Ian D Penman, BSc(Hons) MD FRCPE, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh; Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, UK; 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; Mark W J Strachan, BSc(Hons), MD, FRCPE, Consultant Endocrinologist, Metabolic Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh; Honorary Professor, University of Edinburgh, UK; Richard Hobson, LLM, PhD, MRCP(UK), FRCPath, Consultant Microbiologist, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds, UK
Table of Contents
1 Clinical decision-making
2 Clinical therapeutics and good prescribing
3 Clinical genetics
4 Clinical immunology
5 Population health and epidemiology
6 Principles of infectious disease
7 Oncology
8 Pain and palliative care
9 Acute medicine and critical illness
10 Poisoning
11 Envenomation
12 Medicine in austere environments
13 Infectious disease
14 HIV infection and AIDS
15 Sexually transmitted infections
16 Cardiology
17 Respiratory medicine
18 Nephrology and urology
19 Clinical biochemistry and metabolic medicine
20 Endocrinology
21 Diabetes mellitus
22 Nutritional factors in disease
23 Gastroenterology
24 Hepatology
25 Haematology and transfusion medicine
26 Rheumatology and bone disease
27 Dermatology
28 Neurology
29 Stroke medicine
30 Medical ophthalmology
31 Medical psychiatry
32 Maternal medicine
33 Adolescent and transition medicine
34 Ageing and disease
35 Laboratory reference ranges
Book details
ISBN: 9780702083471
Page Count: 1378
Illustrations : Approx. 925 illustrations (750 in full color)
Retail Price : £54.99
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