Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine

The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine is a pocket textbook aimed at medical students and junior doctors, and covers all aspects of clinical medicine. It is published by Oxford University Press, and is available in print format and online.[2] First published in 1985, it is now in its tenth edition, which was released in July 2017.

Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine
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First edition
AuthorR. A. Hope, J. M. Longmore
Oxford University Press
Media typeOnline & Hardbound
ISBN9780199689903 (10th ed.)[1]


The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, now in its 10th edition (July 2017), is a pocket textbook. It was first written by a group of friends as a collection of notes designed to help new doctors and covers the full breadth of the medical and surgery subjects.[3] Popularly known in the UK as the "Cheese and Onion" owing to the colour scheme of the cover. It gives advice on clinical management issues, and includes "witty, esoteric asides" linking medicine to other areas, such as classic history and popular culture.[3] The OHCM, as it's also called, was banned from various UK medical schools for making medicine “too easy”, but by 2003 had made it onto several reading lists, including Royal Free London, with the comment “everybody owns this!!” [4]

Editorial TeamEdit

The current edition of the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine is edited by:

  • Ian B. Wilkinson, Professor of Therapeutics, University of Cambridge, and Honorary Consultant Physician, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK
  • Tim Raine, Clinical Fellow and Honorary Registrar, Gastroenterology and General Medicine, Wellcome Trust and Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  • Kate Wiles, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow in Nephrology and Obstetric Medicine, Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  • Anna Goodhart, CMT, Manchester, UK
  • Catriona Hall, GP Trainee, London, UK
  • Harriet O'Neill, Dermatology Teaching Fellow, Derby, UK


  1. Thinking about medicine
  2. History and examination
  3. Cardiovascular medicine
  4. Chest medicine
  5. Endocrinology
  6. Gastroenterology
  7. Renal medicine
  8. Haematology
  9. Infectious diseases
  10. Neurology
  11. Oncology and palliative care
  12. Rheumatology
  13. Surgery
  14. Clinical chemistry
  15. Eponymous syndromes
  16. Radiology
  17. Reference intervals, etc.
  18. Practical procedures
  19. Emergencies
  20. References


  1. ^ OUP search results:Oxford Handbook of Clinicle Medicine Retrieved 31 August 2016
  2. ^ Oxford University Press - Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine
  3. ^ a b Warriner, David (February 2008). "Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine". British Medical Journal. 336: 393.
  4. ^ "Nine facts about the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine". OUPblog. 13 January 2014.