Review from previous edition ... interspersed with occasional humour that does not detract from the text... Having used the Foundation Programme book over the last week I have found it hugely beneficial. This text is great to refer to, as well as providing a sense of reassurance that I am doing the right thing! The systematic approach of the book, and neatly put together sections ensures nothing is overlooked. What I also find particularly appealing about it is chapters 1 and 2, which are full of tips on subjects only briefly covered at medical school. Many of my fellow colleagues showed a keen interest when I showed them the book and stated that they would find it very helpful in their day to day ward work. To me this book could not be much better to see a junior doctor pass through the Foundation Programme both safely and successfully. This is an absolute gem of a book...It really is a highly impressive and well-thought out companion to the early years of a medical career, and which I have no hesitation in recommending to all junior doctors looking for a reassuring companion on the wards. Review from previous edition The real gems in this book are in the clinical presentations section, where management is arranged according to presenting complaint rather than by condition...a book...pitched at the right level for a junior doctor. I would whole-heartedly recommend this book to any new doctors. It deals with all the situations I have encountered so far as a FY1. Realistic and focussed, it's a fantastic resource. Every new junior doctor should have a copy. And, as I have found, for some things their seniors will want to look at it too. I have found this book extremely useful as a final year medical student and have often referred to it whilst on the ward. I would recommend it to any final year medical student starting their 5th year placement as well as newly qualified doctors. This book, which like all Oxford Handbooks can slip into your white coat pocket with ease, really does have within its 574 pages all you are likely to come across in your first two years post qualification - in short, it's what medical school should have taught you but as we all know, there's a fair sized gap between having the knowledge and actually putting it into clinical practice. This book is a product of the daily experience of junior docs and it shows, there are top tips galore and sound advice. The Oxford Handbook for the Foundation Programme (OHFP) is a comfort blanket for all newly qualified, shiny badged doctors. The opening chapter has a feel good component to it, which similar rival publications are lacking. All is disclosed here to spare your graces on the ward rounds and in front of the dreaded ward sister. Important pieces on life organisation, money management, making referrals, managing on-calls, writing discharge summaries, and even what to carry in your limited pocket space are addressed. This section alone is worth parting with cash for. Much of the unwritten hospital etiquette and concerns when starting out in medicine are answered with reassurance dynamic and comforting.