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How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-BasedMedicine (HOW - How To)
How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-BasedMedicine (HOW - How To)
by Trisha Greenhalgh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 22 Oct. 2014
This book has a wealth of information on different topics in the area, all of which are generally well-explained.

The breadth of its scope is large, and the depth more than adequate. It is a curiously self-aware text, giving a rich section about controversial points within EBM as well as criticisms of different methods and rationales employed (such as guidelines, a particularly good chapter, in my opinion). The conversational and unpretentious tone of the book makes for easy reading.

The checklists provided for the different appraisal sections are very good.

In my opinion the area which might be seen as most lacking is the one concerning statistics, for which I might recommend another reference source, such as the excellent Essential Medical Statistics by Betty Kirkwood, or Medical Statistics of the Oxford Handbook collection.

I believe this to be a reference text, adequate for many levels of practice or study of EBM.


Brilliant Email: How to Win Back Time and Increase Your Productivity (Brilliant Business)
Brilliant Email: How to Win Back Time and Increase Your Productivity (Brilliant Business)
by Dr Monica Seeley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

4.0 out of 5 stars This book is for me at its best when giving concrete advice as to what to set ..., 22 Oct. 2014
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This book is for me at its best when giving concrete advice as to what to set up in order to have an organised email. These tips are not difficult to execute and make quite a large difference ling-term. The wealth of quotes and source material is particularly excellent.

The examples are only in Outlook, which is mostly not a problem, but ought to be considered a limitation.


Clinical Epidemiology: The Essentials
Clinical Epidemiology: The Essentials
by Robert Fletcher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good and broad study source, 22 Oct. 2014
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I enjoyed this book, but found that it best serves the purpose of being a general summary or random depository of concepts and ideas. It is ideal for revision.

There are more complete and exhaustive sources out there for much of the same material. However, since Clinical Epidemiology is a relatively non-uniform field, its different components would be found in pure Epidemiology texts, or pure Statistics texts. This means that the task of uniting the elements of the field is not so easy, or even common, to come by.

In my perspective, then, this book is best for those who would benefit from a study source with the all the material needed in one unique location.

For deeper reading, I would recommend buying the old but relevant Clinical Epidemiology by David Sackett and Gordon Guyatt, as well as perhaps Essential Medical Statistics, by Betty Kirkwood. The soon to come out JAMA User's Guide to the Medical Literature will likely continue to be a standard text in the area.


Building a Meal: From Molecular Gastronomy to Culinary Constructivism (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Building a Meal: From Molecular Gastronomy to Culinary Constructivism (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
by Herve This
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

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4.0 out of 5 stars Unorganised uncomplicated fun, 12 Sept. 2013
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I found this more of a book about cooking rather than a book on cooking, and it most certainly is not a cooking book.

The interviews with MOM are incredibly tiresome and ego-centric, as the author observes at the end of the book.

The concepts are easy to understand and implement, and that, I believe, it what matters most for a book such as this.


Thinking Statistically
Thinking Statistically
by Uri Bram
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Dreadfully Short, 12 Sept. 2013
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This book is something of a blunt weapon. As the author states, his purpose is not to be comprehensive, but rather to lay down some groundwork for a distilled version that can be easily understood and that be used almost as heuristics regarding the concepts it expounds.

Though for more substantial reading in the same vein I would recommend Nate Silver's excellent The Signal And The Noise, this book ends up going deeper into the three topics it covers, leaving the reader quite sure and confident about the subject matter that was dealt with, but simultaneously planting the seed of desire for further knowledge.

I would have, however, enjoyed a more extensive review of Bayes' Theorem, though I do quite understand that the plethora of reading material concerning only this topic perhaps would have made a longer account, in a sense, useless, as it would lengthen the superb succinctness and still not give us as much information as other books.


The Only EKG Book You'll Ever Need
The Only EKG Book You'll Ever Need
by Malcolm S. Thaler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 20 Aug. 2013
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I adored this book. It is extremely easy to read, understand and learn from. Better than the competition and most head and shoulders above the competition as a first book on ECG.

Nonetheless I fully agree with the authors' evaluation that, in essence, despite this being "the only one you'll ever need", it ought not to be the only one you ever want. Further books are of great service in mastering the ECG, though I heartily believe that this is the best possible starting point.


Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2013
Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2013
by Richard J. Hamilton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Too pocket-sized, 20 Aug. 2013
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This book is utterly pocket-sized. Very portable and can come to be useful in a clinical setting, particularly for med students. However, I found that it can be a bit thin, and would perhaps recommend the larger version of the Tarason Pharmacopeia.


Cardiology Secrets, 4e
Cardiology Secrets, 4e
by Glenn N. Levine MD FACC FAHA
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but..., 20 Aug. 2013
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I truly enjoyed this book, as it is not only short but to the point. Nonetheless I found to be lacking in diagrams, making for slightly tiresome reading at times. On the whole very good.


Evidence-Based Physical Diagnosis, 3e
Evidence-Based Physical Diagnosis, 3e
by Steven McGee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £43.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 5 July 2013
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An excellent book in many ways. I found this particularly magnificent not for the positive findings that it presents, but for the physical findings that are, according to the evidence, of negligible or little importance. Essential buy for any student or clinician who intends to effectively practice EBM.


The Patient History: Evidence-Based Approach
The Patient History: Evidence-Based Approach
by Lawrence M. Tierney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.79

3.0 out of 5 stars OK, 5 July 2013
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Although a good book, this is hardly an "evidence-based" publication. It presents typical questions that ought to be answered in for several key clinical situations and does so well. It is useful as a summary of key aspects to recall but will likely not add new information to the already aware and prepared student or professional.


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