In this era of evidence-based medicine, one of the biggest challenges confronting clinicians is keeping abreast with the rapidly changing recommendations that guide clinical practice. It is not always easy to access research-based guidelines and protocols when needed in the clinic. Material isoften spread around various publications and web sites. Collating all the information in one easily accessible place and presenting it in a uniform style is hugely advantageous to a busy clinician. The Oxford Desk Reference - Acute Medicine allows easy access to evidence-based materials on commonlyencountered acute medical problems to ensure the optimum management of the acutely unwell patient. Acute Medicine is a growing and evolving specialty and now has its own curricula for training. This book collates key recommendations that a practising clinician needs to know and presents them in an easily accessible and uniform way allowing rapid assimilation of information. The book is edited bythree experts in Acute Medicine, including Derek Bell, the first chair of Acute Medicine, Richard Leach, author of Acute and Critical Care Medicine at a glance, and Kevin Moore, editor of the Oxford Handbook of Acute Medicine.