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Philip A. Kalra
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17 Feb 2009 190563546X 978-1905635467 3rd Revised edition
Professor Kalra's unique bestseller has been fully revised and is the definitive guide to revision for all MRCP candidates. Essential Revision Notes for MRCP, 3rd Edition is written by experts with experience of membership teaching and contains 21 chapters of informative material necessary to gain a successful exam result. Essential facts in each subject are presented in an exceptionally clear manner and special attention is given to areas that are often poorly understood.This book is a vital addition to your revision programme. All areas of the MRCP syllabus are covered with concise presentation of information, hints and tips, unlike conventional textbooks. It features large format with over 588 pages including vital Medical facts presented in an attractive user-friendly manner. It was written by experts to give you the reassurance of being up-to-date with the facts that matter. Key points are presented clearly in diagrams, illustrations, lists, tables and mnemonics to aid learning. This title includes invaluable revision checklists that help you to structure your learning.

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  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: PasTest; 3rd Revised edition edition (17 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190563546X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905635467
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is absolutely excellent and I shall recommend it strongly to the participants at all my MRCP courses. --Geriant James MA, MD, FRCP - Visiting Professor of Medicine

About the Author

Professor Philip A Kalra MA MB BChir FRCP MD is a Consultant Nephrologist, Salford Royal Hospital Trust and the University of Manchester. Professor Kalra qualified from Cambridge University in 1982 and has worked as a renal and general physician at Salford Royal Hospital since 1995. He has a longstanding interest in MRCP teaching and undergraduate education and edited the best seller 'Essential Revision Notes for MRCP'.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By bigflat
Like so many others before me i bought this book expecting great things. The hefty price tag alone seemed to be evidence of its brilliance (and the publishers caching in).
The price clearly doesn't reflect the content or binding; compare davidson's.
The book consists of a comprehensive list of system based chapters including the ones we all tend to neglect e.g. molecular medicine.
As i first approached chapters like cardiology i was shocked by the lack of substantive content. It put me off so much i let the book gather dust for several months, in favour of more traditional texts and MCQ books. Indeed many people say not to the bother with formal texts and just go for MCQs.
It is now 3 weeks before the exam and i'm realizing how useful the book is.
Unfortunately many excellent books like Davidson's are just not MRCP friendly. In contrast this book is practical and readable given the busy timetable of working SHOs.
The chapters i once thought were brief now seem full of essential facts, and devoid of the interesting but MRCP-useless facts found in other texts.
There is a danger that a book like this could become mere lists but the chapter on endocrinology is an example of an excellent piece of science writing.
The chapters on molecular stuff and epidemiology are worth the price alone. There are many medical statistics books out there masquerading as concisely distilled information perfect for SHOs but in reality they are over the top for MRCP part 1.
The major let down in the book is the infectious diseases chapters. This was a real chance for the book to shine but sadly essential diseases like leishmania are completely missed out.
Overall its an important part of my revision shedule but not the dominant force, which remains every good MCQ book i can get my hands on. The third edition needs to be less patchy.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an amazingly good book 3 Sep 2003
This is a surprisingly good book for the MRCP I exams. It distils the most relevant facts in an easy to read format. If you are preparing for the MRCP I and you have little time (as most of us), you definitely need this book.
My suggestions for those preparing for the Part I:
1. Begin with the Color Atlas and Text of Clinical Medicine by Charles Forbes, et al. This book will gently introduce you to the whole of clinical medicine without taxing your brains.
2. Continue with the Essential Revision Notes for MRCP. Read it at least 2 or 3 times. It is only 660 pages, and shouldn't take that much time to read.
3. Begin practice questions, and ensure you practice MANY questions, checking up difficult cases from the reference books (e.g. Oxfords or Harisson's). A good source of questions is the
4. Round up your revision with the Essential Revision Notes, and
5. Confidently sit for the exams. Your chances of passing are well above 90%.
As in most exams, your success depends heavily on whether or not you read the relevant materials, and your familiarity with the types of questions set. The Essential Revision Notes for MRCP will take care of the former, and frequent practice will take care of the latter.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
As I did sit for this exam myself and I know how tough it is, it's a very good revision book for someone sitting the MRCP part I. The contents of the book are very concise, targeted towards the common questions that appear in the exam, presented nicely, easily read and contains very helpful tables. Thus it makes it less time consuming. It is styled so as answers to the MCQ's can be found easily and quickly.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to pass! 3 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Well ok, this book and a lot of hard graft should see you pass. Big problem about the MRCP? Too much information and you haven't a clue where to start. This book gives you an idea of the level of study and knowledge the Royal College expects. Some useful lists and also reviews of those subjects you just glossed over at medical school and in a style easy enough for a surgeon to read! Seriously useful book. Used in conjunction with as many MCQs as you can get your hands on should give you a good chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal 5 Jan 2014
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Goes through each section in sufficient detail. Easy to flick through and pick out salient points. Similar to information given on question websites
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book for MRCP 13 Oct 2013
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Knowledge packed, an essential read for the MRCP, would keep the book even after exams. Highly recommended by people who passed the exam
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2.0 out of 5 stars Essential? No helpful? Slightly 8 Oct 2013
I bought this book as so many raves about how great it was on here. Unfortunately up reading the first few chapters I found the book as dry as a bone. It's expensive, boring and not that helpful. I ended up just doing past questions using passmedicine which I am pleased to at allowed me to pass first time and at the earliest opportunity.

My advice? Don't waste your money, subscribe to passmedicine complete the question bank about three times and you will fly through part 1 without reading a boring book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 19 Aug 2013
By Daniyal
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Brilliant book.
A must have for all Postgraduate medical doctors.
This book is concise and is suitable for all MRCP exam components. A definite valuable addition to a medic's personal collection.
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Useful book to supplement other revision techniques but wouldnt use this solely for MRCP exam revision. Well laid out with content put under simple topic headings.
Published 10 months ago by Dundeemedic
4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable
This book is invaluable when attempting to sit the MRCP in addition to using the question banks and OHCM. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Icekeleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great medical book
Excellent book to assist with the preparations of your exams. Examples given are well explained and easy to understand. Great book.
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Its an excellent resource for preparations for mrcp, well written and easy to read. Thanks for your service, I received the book in good condition just as promised, I will... Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2011 by Milton
3.0 out of 5 stars Has to be read
Unfortunately this is the only core text available that concisely incorporates all the information required for the Part 1. Read more
Published on 28 July 2011 by Ash
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Really helpful when you are sitting on your MRCP exams. Very detailed and every topic makes sense easily. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2011 by Dr Juhász
5.0 out of 5 stars What you need to pass mrcp part 1
Took mrcp part 1 with less than 3mth experience in internal medicine. Aced it with just studying this book. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Read
First of all, I would recommend not sitting the exam. It is currently ruining my life. If you are masochistic enough to want to sit it, this book has all of the info you need. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2006 by Dr. R. A. Clayton
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