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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: PasTest; 2 edition (9 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190563577X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905635771
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 3.9 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is an indispensible guide in interpreting the full range of clinical data encountered daily on all wards and in OSCE examinations and should be a part of all medical students book shelves; Winner of the Student Textbook of the Year Award 2012 - This award is chosen by the judging panel from all of the shortlisted books in all of the categories. It is awarded to a book or resource which best meets the needs of undergraduate students. --BMA Book Awards 2012 (Award Guide)

Initially when given the book to review, I thought it was related to the enthralling topic of statistics. However, on receiving the book, I soon discovered that the data the title refers to is actually the interpretation of clinical tests such as ABGs, blood results, radiology imaging, ECGs etc. Interpretation and analysis of the clinical data and tests which are used on a daily basis in clinical practice is obviously a vital part of becoming a doctor and so I was keen to read on and see if the text did as it said on the tin. The 600 page book is divided into chapters on virtually all the medical specialities, with all the common tests/investigations covered. Each chapter begins with a number of pages covering the key physiology and pathophysiology related to the speciality along with a description of the relevant tests available before going on to give a number of cases with questions and answers for students to self-test. I feel the book is pitched at a good level for medical students. As a final year, I have (I think) come to grips with most of the common tests, and so the book is perhaps not so useful except for if all your friends leave you and you fancy some late night medicine trivia with a bottle of wine. However, for 2nd years especially, this book would prove extremely useful for the tests you encounter almost immediately upon setting foot on the wards. The book would also be useful for CCT teachers to have as many of the examples would be useful exercises to do in UCCT. Overall, I would recommend the book as a useful addition to the bookshelf, especially for early on in your clinical years when the vast array of tests and their interpretation can appear a little daunting. --Alaistair, Sphincter Magazine Spring 2012, Liverpool Medical School

Winner of the Student Textbook Award at the BMA Book Awards 2012! This award is chosen by the judging panel from all of the shortlisted books in all of the categories. It is awarded to a book or resource which best meets the needs of undergraduate students. --BMA Book Awards 2012

Initially when given the book to review, I thought it was related to the enthralling topic of statistics. However, on receiving the book, I soon discovered that the data the title refers to is actually the interpretation of clinical tests such as ABGs, blood results, radiology imaging, ECGs etc. Interpretation and analysis of the clinical data and tests which are used on a daily basis in clinical practice is obviously a vital part of becoming a doctor and so I was keen to read on and see if the text did as it said on the tin. The 600 page book is divided into chapters on virtually all the medical specialities, with all the common tests/investigations covered. Each chapter begins with a number of pages covering the key physiology and pathophysiology related to the speciality along with a description of the relevant tests available before going on to give a number of cases with questions and answers for students to self-test. I feel the book is pitched at a good level for medical students. As a final year, I have (I think) come to grips with most of the common tests, and so the book is perhaps not so useful except for if all your friends leave you and you fancy some late night medicine trivia with a bottle of wine. However, for 2nd years especially, this book would prove extremely useful for the tests you encounter almost immediately upon setting foot on the wards. The book would also be useful for CCT teachers to have as many of the examples would be useful exercises to do in UCCT. Overall, I would recommend the book as a useful addition to the bookshelf, especially for early on in your clinical years when the vast array of tests and their interpretation can appear a little daunting. --Alaistair, Sphincter Magazine Spring 2012, Liverpool Medical School

Winner of the Student Textbook Award at the BMA Book Awards 2012! This award is chosen by the judging panel from all of the shortlisted books in all of the categories. It is awarded to a book or resource which best meets the needs of undergraduate students. --BMA Book Awards 2012

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Data Interpretation for Medical Students has been written not only to help you pass examinations, but to enhance your understanding of the commonly requested tests in medicine. This will hopefully benefit both you and your patients when you become a qualified doctor.
These cases are designed to emulate real life, and will test your interpretation of a wide variety of data. Detailed answers are provided to ensure that you understand the information.
The book has been designed very much with ease of use in mind. It can be read from cover to cover. Alternatively, the reader may like to `dip in and dip out' as necessary. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Collins on 17 Feb 2008
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This is a clear and concise textbook containing chapters on different topics. The layout consists of a few pages of information on each subject, followed by cases and answers. The answers are fully explained and simple to understand. This book is not difficult to read, although one or two sections need the backup of another book or some prior knowledge of the particular subject to understand fully. The last chapter contains complete clinical cases which are very helpful for finals revision.

I would recommend this book for finals, not least because there does not seem to be another competing title on the market, but also because due to it's simple language and layout, It shouldn't take too long to complete. It is also just about small enough to carry around and read in clinics if need be.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ICG on 8 Feb 2009
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Firstly this is a book for interpreting labs results and clinical tests. It has nothing to do with statistics or clinical trials. It is excellent, clearly explained and quick to read. I discovered this book in my final year and actually wish I'd known about it sooner, the level is fairly basic (but enough for finals) and I would imagine a lot of it most medical student will already know by final year, that said I can't recommend it highly enough for first year clinicals. If I had read the explanations of LFT and ABG interpretations right at the start of my clinicals it would have saved me a long time trying to work them out for myself. It is the kind of book you only really need to read once so it might be worth borrowing it from a friend or library.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Runzy on 15 July 2007
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wow, this book explains everything from ECGs to LFTs to ABGs in the most sensible, easily understandable way imaginable. Great stuff, thanks to the writers, i might have a hope of passing data interpretation. they actually make the subject interesting as well. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sonrosado Roses on 11 Feb 2011
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I really do like this book but its not difficult enough. My exam questions are ten times harder! I think they should keep the content as it is as it explains everything so well but they need to add some questions of actual med school difficulty in the next edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moss on 4 April 2014
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This book is possibly the most essential reading for anyone sitting a data interpretation paper as part of their medical finals. The tutors in my college were taking questions straight out of this book (not literally - that would be copyright infringement) - but it shows how on target this book is. I only wish someone had told me about this book a year or two previously. The theory sections that accompany each chapter are magnificent - very simple to follow, totally relevant and comprehensive. The questions are quite simple and archetypal; actually too simple for the book to be used as an exclusive text, therefore another more difficult data interpretation book is essential to accompany study. The section on imaging is all I used for imaging - it covers all the basic stuff you need to know and has all the language you need to be able to use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maria on 23 Aug 2013
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It is a very basic book of data interpretation. It's ok it you are just starting to learn about data interpretation but would advise other sources and trying a more advanced book. However the case scenarios at the end of each chapter are very good standard with answers for each case given.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bex on 3 Dec 2011
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I really like this book- perfect for medical course to start you off and then you pick more things up with practice as unfortunately patient's are never quite as simple
Some sections are better than others, but hopefully that will improve with newer editions
May only qualm with this book is that its falling apart!...the book began to come unbound within one or two uses and having spoken to about 10-15 other people I've found I'm not the only one
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mstudent on 20 Mar 2014
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makes sense of all the main investigations and their meaning that one encounters on the ward as a medical student. cases are of relatively easy standard, easier than required for finals, however they illustrate learning points very clearly and tackling more complex cases from other question books seems a lot easier since reading this book. wish i had got this when i started the clinical years not at the end before finals!
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