My Favorite Medical Handbook: Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (OHCM)

I remember Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (OHCM) since its first edition and it looks it has only gotten better. When preparing for USMLE several years ago, I used to refer to OHCM and First Aid for USMLE often and it helped - my scores were 96, 97, 93 on USMLE 1, 2 and 3 (99 is the maximum). The study plan was based on those handbooks, "regular" textbooks, self-made notes, mnemonics and mind maps. It was surprising how long the effect lasted -- my in-service exams scores during the internal medicine residency were 98, 96, 98 during PGY 1, 2 and 3 respectively, and I did not need to study more than 2 weeks to pass ABIM.

Scores are nothing without sound clinical judgment, of course. OHCM was the handbook that I found most useful and reader-friendly. It goes beyond being simply a medical handbook, for a start, it often reminds you that patients are much more than "strokes" or "pneumonias" and there is more to life than medicine. The section Thinking About Medicine -- Your Inner Peace on is named after the first chapter of OHCM -- you can browse through the book on Google Books or download the chapter for free from Oxford University Press here:

Chapter 1: Thinking about Medicine (PDF, 464 KB)

It is nice to see that OHCM now even has an iPhone edition ($44.95).

Mini Oxford handbook of clinical medicine By Murray Longmore, Ian Wilkinson, Supraj R. Rajagopalan from Google Books:


Skyscape books for iPhone., 08/2007.
How to Score Well on the Boards? Clinical Notes, 2004.
How to Study, Clinical Cases and Images - Blog, 2007.
Nine facts you may not know about the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (OHCM)
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  1. Do you know if it is possible to install the OHCM on to an itouch?

  2. Skyscape, the publisher of the electronic OHCM has an iPod/iPhone application:

    But the OHCM is not available (as of March 2009) for iPod/iPhone:

    I would call Skyscape to ask them what their plans are about future availability of OCHM on iPod/iPhone.