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  • Cards: 710 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; Crds/Onl edition (31 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416049290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416049296
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 11.4 x 10.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 592,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Simpson on 15 Mar. 2010
These are by far the best medical teaching product I have ever come across. The introduction from the authors says it all...but read it for yourself and see. Ideal for med students, interns, consultants in all specialties. So many cards led to 'Ahhh...mow I see what I've been trying to learn all this time'.

Cant reccommend highly enough...I wish there were more medical authors about like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charilaos Chourpiliadis on 7 May 2013
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Excellent material for any med student who wants to revise Robbins Pathology. You can stress points that you left during your study...
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These cards provide succinct insights into a breadth of human pathology. There is an abundance of high quality colour pictures, which bring the cases to life. Whilst not a complete resource, nor of use for reference, They serve as a solid introduction. Their strength is in quickly touching on areas in a portable and problem based way.
Overall a very well thought out and produced study tool.
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By I, Cajal on 9 Aug. 2014
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Fantastic revision aid. General and systemic pathology included. Very clear explanations.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Great study tool 21 Dec. 2009
By depaul - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a second year medical student who purchased these cards as a way to stay fresh on topics that we covered during first year and to begin studying for the Step I exam. I wanted a way to actively review material as opposed to sitting down and reading Robbins over and over again, since I have found that I don't retain much information like this.

The cards are laminated and come in a nice looking sturdy box, which is sitting on my bathroom counter. (Hey, you review when you've got time...) There are about 10ish cards per chapter of Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease 8th ed, and each card has references to the latest editions of big and medium Robbins (Pathologic Basis of Disease and Basic Pathology). Right now I am only on chapter 3 - I do several every day - but so far I am very impressed. Each card has 2 sides, each with a full color picture (histology or gross), clinical vignette, and then 2-3 short answer follow up questions related to the picture. One side is labeled "side A" and should be done first, because side B is usually related to side A and builds on the vignette. For example, on side A there is a picture of a dissected aorta and a vignette hinting at Marfan's, and questions will ask you what the mutation is, what the histopathology would look like, etc. Then on side B, a CT showing blood in the mediastinum, and it asks you what happened, where in the layers of the vessel the defect is, and how the pathology is related to clinical presentation.

The only thing that is a little annoying is that since the answers to the short answer questions are on the opposite side, when you are looking at side A, you can see the answers for side B below. And, since both sides are related, this would give you a pretty good "tip" (and ruin the point) if you aren't vigilant about covering it up/not looking. I easily rectify it by covering the answers up with the box top.

One other thing that surprised me a bit is that all of the cards are very integrative. What I mean by that is, the early chapters in Robbins are very cell-biology focused. However, the cards for these early chapters use organ-system related vignettes to quiz you on the concepts of chapter 2 (ie a liver tumor to talk about VEGF or something). I feel this is important to point out because it means that I would NOT recommend you use this in your first year of medical school or until your curriculum (whatever it may be) has covered most of Robbins. Otherwise you will not get much out of it because you will not be able to identify the disorder in the vignette and then connect that with the underlying cellular mechanism, because you have not learned about the disorder yet.

Finally, some may say that Step 1 will be multiple choice, so the cards should have MCQs instead of short answer. But, I think using short answer questions to drill the material is much better at getting you to think and at and building a knowledge base than multiple choice questions would be. Plus, you will be able to use the cards more than once because you won't just have the answers memorized after one pass.

In short, I highly recommend this as a review for anyone who has completed (or mostly completed) study using one of the Robbins texts. It is worth the cost and very well done.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
USMLE 20 Jan. 2012
By doctornewyork - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me cut to the chase here. These are great cards, no doubt about it. However when it comes to the USMLE, CONSOLIDATE YOUR RESOURCES. In other words, there are inevitably many resources out there that will help you for the boards, but FA + QBanks + Goljan are all you really need. These could be good as a minor adjunct during second-year, but for boards purposes, use your time wisely. The amount of time you'd spend on these cards is not worth it compared to that which could be spent additionally having read FA AGAIN. The only cards that are worth your time are the Sanjiv Microcards and the Lange pharm cards. These latter two are unequivocally superior to most other resources. But forget the Robbins cards. They're good for intrinsic gain, but of lesser value for USMLE prep.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Fun pathology review 17 May 2010
By Lindsey Verduin - Published on Amazon.com
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The Robbins flashcards were great for reviewing for step 1. They provide a nice "break" from book studying, when you know you still need to study but can't stomach reading anymore. Big plus: there are lots of images (CT, MRI, X-ray) in the cards, better preparing you for images on step1. These cards are a useful addition as a review material, not intended as a primary learning source. It's a little awkward having the anwser for the back side of the card on the front and vice versa, but it does allow for twice as many questions. Great for keeping material fresh in your head.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed 17 Oct. 2010
By Rinn Jacobs - Published on Amazon.com
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Good Points:
* these cards do cover a range of topics and correspond with the pathology textbook
* there are images on every card and challenging questions

Bad Points
*The worst problem is that there are errors in the question answers; e.g. card 15.6A answer references values that are simply not demonstrated by the question --blatently wrong, and question 15.4B confuses the definition of charcot-leyden crystals with that of curschmann spirals. It is as if they are creating these cards by drawing from a database that is faulty rather than reading them themselves!
*There is no index, so unless you ahve a Robbins text, you will have no idea which section to utilize
*As stated before, the cards are double-sided with the answer for the question underneath the new question on the opposite side of the card; that actually doesn't bother me as much as the generaly jumbled and crammed appearance of the cards
*Imagine my shock to read card 15.11A, which references a "hypothetical" high speed accident in the Place de l'Alma tunnel involving a 37 year old woman -very tacky in my opinion (a clear reference to Princess Diana without any acknowledgement of her)
*these cards don't have holes punched in the corner like Netter cards, so you can't put a ring through them if you don't punch them yourself --if you punch them you will lose part of the image and/or text

Conclusion
* The Robbins brand is so much better than these cards. This must have been a project that was assigned to an intern, because the quality is just terrible. Better than nothing? Well, not if you can't even rely on the information in the cards.I wish I had just bought the atlas:(
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great But time consuming 28 July 2012
By EY-look - Published on Amazon.com
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If using this for a pathology course it was great! Had the time on random weekends to go through sections of these flashcards.

350 cards x 2 sides x 3 questions each card (on average) = 2100 Q's!
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