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The Daily Rhino
Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Cheese & Onion Turns Legal
PERHAPS the most famous medical textbook since Gray's Anatomy turned 21 last week and it even had a birthday party. A birthday party for a book with cheap free plonk - this is about as showbiz as medicine gets. Only the cool people got an invite, of course.

OHCM cake

But what's with the inability to abbreviate the name properly? The cake says OCHM instead of OHCM (but it was tasty) and some chap called Tom Chao has wished hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy a happy birthday. Nice of him.

can't spell


authors

The original authors, Tony Hope and Murray Longmore.

It's hard to begin when describing how great this little book is. The amount of spin-offs is a testament to its success. Its individuality in a marketplace of boring carbon copies sets it apart, with quotes from Milton, Colin Dexter, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Oscar Wilde it is instantly different to other medical books. Its simple, systematic layout and comprehensive content meant it was the only book I needed to pass most of finals, despite its pocket size. It is eccentric, opinionated, unrivalled and for someone who has gone through life buying as few textbooks as possible, I own three copies. With over a million copies sold, I hope it continues for at least another 21 years.


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