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Suggested Text Books for Australian Medical Council Exam

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There are many medical textbooks available and most of them are of high standard. They range from quite short texts, which cover essential knowledge, to long and comprehensive treatises which most people use as reference books. The AMC has drawn up the following list, as a guide to some useful texts. They are not intended as prescribed reading.

AMC examinations are set on the latest editions of the recommended textbooks. It is up to the AMC candidate to obtain the latest information. Material contained in previous editions of the recommended textbooks, or other unspecified textbooks, may not be correct and will not be used to determine the result of AMC examinations.


Edwards C and Bouchier IA (eds). Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine, 18th edn. Livingstone, Edinburgh, 1999, ISBN 0443059446. www.harcourt.com.au

Braunwald. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 15th edn. McGraw-Hill, New York, 2001. ISBN 0070072728 (hardcover). www.bookstore.mcgraw-hill.com

Braunwald. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 15th edn. McGraw-Hill, New York, 2001. ISBN 0079136869 (hardcover, 2 volume set). www.bookstore.mcgraw-hill.com

Larkins R. Clinical Skills: The Medical Interview, Physical Examination and Assessment of the Patient's Problems. Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993. ISBN 0522844677 (paperback). This book is out of print and only available second hand.

Lau LSW. Imaging Guidelines, 4th edn. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, Melbourne, 2001. ISBN 0959285415.

Talley NJ, O'Connor S. Clinical Examination: A Systematic Guide to Physical Diagnosis, 4th edn. Blackwell Science Inc., Melbourne, 2001. ISBN 0632059710.

Weatherall DJ, Ledingham JGG, Warrell DA (eds). Oxford Textbook of Medicine, 3rd edn. Oxford University Press, New York, 1996. ISBN 0192621408 (set of 3). mnemosyne.oup-usa.org/medical


Clunie GJA, Tjandra JJ, Thomas R.S.J. Textbook of Surgery, 2nd edn Blackwell Science Asia, Melbourne, 2001. ISBN 0867930233. www.blacksci.co.uk/australi/books.htm

Clunie GJA, Tjandra JJ, Ross H. MCQ's and Short Answer Questions for Surgery. Blackwell Science Asia, Melbourne, 1999. Paperback. ISBN 0867930101. www.blacksci.co.uk/australi/books.htm

Forrest AP, Carter DC, MacLeod IB. Principles and Practice of Surgery - A Surgical Supplement to Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine, 3rd edn. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 1995. ISBN 0443048606

Hunt PS, Marshall VC. Clinical Problems in General Surgery. Butterworths, Sydney, 1991. ISBN 0409492132. This publication is out of print and only available second hand.

Morris PJ, Malt RA. Oxford Textbook of Surgery, 2nd edn. Oxford University Press, New York, 2001. ISBN 0192628844 (three volume set). http://mnemosyne.oup-usa.org/medical

Williamson R. An Aid to Clinical Surgery, 6th edn. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 1998. ISBN 044305603X.


Hull D, Johnston D. Essential Paediatrics, 3rd edn. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 1993. ISBN 0443047820, 4th edn. ISBN 0443059586, , 4th edn. ISBN 0443059594 (hardcover).

Robinson MJ, Roberton DM. Practical Paediatrics, 4th edn. Churchill Livingstone, Melbourne, 1998. ISBN 0443058938.

Staff of the Royal Children's Hospital. Paediatric Handbook, 6th edn. Blackwell Science, Melbourne, 2000. ISBN 086793101X www.blacksci.co.uk/australi/books.htm

The Australian Immunisation Handbook. NHMRC 7th edn. Australian Government Printing Service 2000. ISBN 0644475781 www.health.gov.au/pubhlth/immunise/publications.htm


Beischer NA, Mackay EV. Obstetrics and the Newborn - An Illustrated Text, 3rd edn. WB Saunders, Sydney 1998. ISBN 0702021237.

Llewellyn-Jones D. Fundamentals of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 6th edn. Mosby, London 1994, 7th edn ISBN 0723431507. www.mosby.com

Mackay EV, Beischer NA, Pepperell R, Wood C. Illustrated Textbook of Gynaecology, 2nd edition, WB Saunders, Sydney 1992. ISBN 0729512118. www.harcourt.com.au


Gelder M, Juan Lopez-Ibor, N Andreasen. The New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry, Ist edn, Oxford University Press, 2000 ISBN 0192629700 http://mnemosyne.oup-usa.org/medical

American Psychiatric Association. DSM-IV: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edn. American Psychiatric Association, Washington DC, 1994. ISBN 0890420629 (paperback); ISBN 0890420610 (hardback).


Murtagh J. General Practice, 2nd edn. Hardcover. McGraw Hill Australia 1998. ISBN 0074704362 Softcover edn 1999, ISBN 0074707191. www.bookstore.mcgraw-hill.com


Therapeutic Guidelines from Therapeutic Guidelines Limited. www.tg.com.au

'Analgesic Guidelines', version 3. 1997/98
'Antibiotic Guidelines', version 11. 2000
'Cardiovascular Drug Guidelines', version 3. 1999
'Dermatology Guidelines', version 1. 1999
'Endocrinology Guidelines', version 2. 2000 'Gastrointestinal Drug Guidelines', version 2. 1998/9
'Neurology Guidelines', version 1 1997/98
'Palliative Care Guidelines', version 1. 2001
'Psychotropic Drug Guidelines', version 4. 2000
'Respiratory Drug Guidelines', version 2. 2000

Note: Composite CD now available. Contains all guidelines except Palliative Care.

Manual of Use and Interpretation of Pathology Tests, 2nd edn. The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, 1997. ISBN 0959335528. 3rd edn. 2002 ISBN 0646409646. This edition is available on CD rom or online only www.rcpa.edu.au

MIMS Australia, MIMS Australia Bi-monthly or Annual Subscription ISSN 0725-4709 www.hcn.net.au/knowledge/knowledge.html

Australian Medicine Handbook, 2nd edn. 2000 ISBN 0-64638303-5. This handbook is also available on CD Rom www.amh.net.au 3rd edn. expected early 2002. CD ROM and online versions to be updated prior to the release of the 3rd edn.


In addition to the major texts, journals should be read selectively, using editorials, annotations and review articles. The following journals are suggested as source material: Australian Family Physician (www.racgp.org.au/publications/afp/), Australian Prescriber (www.australianprescriber.com), British Medical Journal (www.bmj.com/), British Journal of Hospital Medicine, Current Therapeutics, Lancet (www.thelancet.com), Medical Journal of Australia (www.mja.com.au), New England Journal of Medicine (www.nejm.org/general/text/About.htm).

SPP Books will provide a 15% discount (and free delivery within Australia) to AMC candidates who order stock online. To obtain this discount, use the SEARCH facility on the SPP Web site, to locate the book/publication you want. Clicking the submit button on the search page will bring up an order form. On completion of the form, the 15% discount is automatically deducted. There is no need for you to identify yourself as an AMC candidate to receive this discount. (This discount does not apply to items already discounted)

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