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Oxford case histories in gastroenterology and hepatology
  1. James O Lindsay
  1. Correspondence to Dr James O Lindsay, Barts and the London NHS Trust, The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London E1 1BB, UK; james.lindsay{at}

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Edited by AJ Walsh, OC Buchel, J Collier , SPL Travis. Published by Oxford University Press, Oxford UK, 2010, pp 353, £39.95 (softback). ISBN 978-0-19-955789-9

Over the last few years I have begun to question the purpose of traditional medical text books. Specialist texts covering defined clinical or research areas rapidly become outdated due to the pace of ongoing clinical and basic science research. Classic student/training textbooks are being replaced by alternative formats such as web-based interactive learning, CD-ROMs and dedicated updated websites. Certainly, when I want to find out up-to-date information I rarely reach for the thick tomes gathering dust on the top shelf, and am much more likely to exercise …

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