The fifth edition of this bestselling book seeks to give the final-year medical student all that is required to pass the final exam. Deliberately short although packed with absolutely essential information, it is designed especially for the needs of medical students. This edition has been radically restructured and is no longer divided into two main sections, thereby reducing the awkward need for extensive cross-referencing and page-flipping. Each topic is now covered in one chapter (whenever possible), and is fully updated to reflect the recent changes to medical practice. And to assist in revision for examinations, this edition now features the use of colour, which makes the illustrations and boxed information more accessible. While the 'short' textbooks of medicine continue to expand their waistlines, this edition offers a refreshing lifeline to all medical students who need quick access to information for their final exams as well a solid reference book for the years to come.