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York B530 Heavy Duty Incline/Decline Bench
York B530 Heavy Duty Incline/Decline Bench
Price: 99.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but with a few faults, 28 Feb 2014
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Overall, this is a very sturdy home bench with some really good features - such as the price, its relatively compact size and the ease with which it can be put together. However, it suffers from a few design flaws, most of which have been noted already by other users. The most obvious when you start using the bench is that the upright bar supports are almost exactly where your hands want to be. This means that you have to choose between a narrow grip or a very wide grip when you first lift the weight, then try to shuffle your hands into a comfortable position with it in the air - not ideal given that the barbell will be directly above your head! Then you're going to have to shuffle your hands out again when you want to rest the weight - again not ideal if you're at the end of a set and your muscles are already fatigued. Secondly, even with the adjustable supports at their highest setting, it is impossible to use the highest incline on the bench because there is then only about 4 or 5 inches between the bench and the bar - in other words, unless you have a head the size of a small coconut you're not going to be able to fit your head under the bar without the weight balancing directly on your forehead. I've tried to get around this by taking the bar away and using the high incline setting for dumbbell flys and presses. The bit on the end for quads extensions is OK, but I would guess that if you are any taller than 5'8" you'll have trouble using it. This is because the whole bench is relatively low off the ground, so that with the quads fully extended, as you start lowering the weight back down your heels will then hit the floor at about 45 degrees. Lastly, another point about the adjustable supports. Unlike professional benches where once you have finished your set you can tip the weight backwards, let it hit the frame and then it drops safely into the rests, the rear part of the supports is pretty short, such that with your arms extended, the bar will be way higher than the frame and you will then have to carefully manoeuvre the bar (again, right above your face and with tired muscles!) back down to rest it. Given that most people will be buying this piece of kit to use at home without a spotter, there's a potential for disaster and it makes me reluctant to use too heavy a weight in case I end up with a hefty dental bill.
I still think the B530 is good value - I realise that it's not a piece of professional gym equipment and I'm sure it will be more than adequate for the beginner, but there may be other bits of kit out there for similar cash which don't have the same irritating faults.


Nike Mens Short Sleeve Shirt - XXL, Blue (Obsidian/Cool Grey)
Nike Mens Short Sleeve Shirt - XXL, Blue (Obsidian/Cool Grey)
Offered by Runmarkt
Price: 29.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinspirational!, 22 Feb 2012
Great product, but I agree with the other reviews in that this t shirt leaves very little to the imagination and looks pretty unforgiving in the mirror if you're carrying a few extra pounds. Having said that, that might provide the extra motivation required to get you to the gym! It certainly works for me. Great as an undershirt for running on cold days too.


Mcminn's Functional and Clinical Anatomy
Mcminn's Functional and Clinical Anatomy
by Robert M. H. McMinn MD PhD FRCS(Eng)
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite anatomy book, 6 Jan 2008
This is the text on my Uni's book list for first year. I bought it back then and have recently used it to study for and pass MCEM Part A.

I find it very clear and easy to read, with a mixture of colour illustrations, clinical photos and well-labelled pictures of cadaveric prosections interspersed throughout the text. There are quite a few radiographs thrown in for good measure, too.

The book is thorough and well laid out, with a huge amount of useful clinical information included.

I believed the hype and bought Ellis Clinical Anatomy which is a great anatomy book but which just doesn't give enough detail, especially in the musculoskeletal chapters. McMinn backs up clear, detailed text with a fantastic appendix detailing the attachments, actions and nerve supplies of the vast majority of the muscles.

Detailed, relatively inexpensive and great for revision; I recommend this book highly.


Get Through Accident and Emergency Medicine: MCQs
Get Through Accident and Emergency Medicine: MCQs
by Amy Herlihy
Edition: Paperback
Price: 25.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for MCEM part A, 6 Jan 2008
I bought this book when preparing for MCEM part A, after many hours on amazon searching for suitable MCQ books for the exam. Unfortunately, there just aren't many resources specific to this absolute beast of an exam out there, so it was this book or nothing!

Get through A&E contains plenty of MCQs, but it has to be said that they are of more of a clinical persuasion rather than simply basic sciences. I think this is because it's also designed for use when studying for MRCSA&E which is more clinically based. That being said, there is an anatomy chapter which is great but the book could benefit from chapters on physiology / pharmacology as there were tons of these questions in my exam. However, the exam still contained quite a few clinical knowledge questions so all the existing chapters are of use for MCEM.

Get Through... is definitely worth buying, and like any MCQ book can be used to direct your revision through identification of knowledge gaps. I used it like this and managed to pass part A first time, so I recommend it highly.


Oxford Handbook of Acute Medicine (Oxford Handbooks Series)
Oxford Handbook of Acute Medicine (Oxford Handbooks Series)
by Punit Ramrakha
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential, 27 Dec 2007
I had a copy of this book at uni but didn't truly appreciate it until my first nightshifts as a houseofficer... The book contains a wealth of up to date info about medical emergencies in an easy to read and understand format, and is probably useful for all medical staff no matter what specialty or grade - FY1s and 2s will thank their lucky stars for this book, as will more experienced doctors who need a review of seat-of-your-pants medicine. Those grim nightshifts when your senior is stuck in A&E and you're faced with a patient as sick as a dog will seem less intimidating thanks to this addition to the OH series.

it can also just about fit in the back pocket of your scrubs!

Perfect for use in conjunction with essential guide to acute care by cooper / cramp


Pathophysiology of Disease: An Introduction to Clinical Medicine, Fifth Edition (Lange Basic Science)
Pathophysiology of Disease: An Introduction to Clinical Medicine, Fifth Edition (Lange Basic Science)
by Stephen J. Mcphee
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars essential, 19 Nov 2007
This book is great with a very wide range of material and plenty of detail, and should serve as an excellent reference for medical students getting to grips with new conditions; as pathophysiology serves as a bridge between basic science and clinical medicine, this book should be read before delving into something like kumar & clarke. (As the title suggests...)

I used the 4th edition, I'm sure the 5th will be even better.

The only downsides are the total lack of colour pictures throughout (even in the dermatology chapter!!), and that the reader is often confronted with page after page of small print text. That said however, the material is full of golden nuggets and the illustrations have hopefully been improved in the new edition.

Buy it and pass your exams.
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Clinical Anatomy: a Revision and Applied Anatomy for Clinical Students
Clinical Anatomy: a Revision and Applied Anatomy for Clinical Students
by Harold Ellis
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not the best out there, 21 Oct 2007
i agree with the other reviews... the book is great for simplicity, layout and gives a fair amount of detail, but i think you would definitely need to use another book in conjunction to get all the detail needed. eg muscle attachments

for this i'd recommend functional and clinical anatomy by mcminn, it's awesome


Essential Guide to Acute Care 2e
Essential Guide to Acute Care 2e
by Nicola Cooper
Edition: Paperback
Price: 34.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unique, 20 Oct 2007
This book should be made compulsory reading for all new doctors! I bought it after reading a review on the net and have never regretted it once, it certainly deserves the praised heaped on it so far. The book concentrates on explaning the altered physiology in illness and the science behind different interventions, like fluid therapy, oxygen, inotropes (for example, explaining the physics of each type of oxygen mask and hence their appropriate use in different situations) giving you the intellectual ammunition needed when asked to review that patient who "doesn't look right" in the small hours of the morning. The section on blood gases is essential for those (like me) who struggle in their interpretation - this chapter, like all others, is followed by a great self-assessment section with highly detailed explanations for all answers.

Far-removed from the more common protocol/algorithm-based guidebooks on the market, this book will make you think more and understand more.

buy it


Emergency Medicine Fifth Edition: Emergency and acute medicine: Diagnosis and management (A Hodder Arnold Publication)
Emergency Medicine Fifth Edition: Emergency and acute medicine: Diagnosis and management (A Hodder Arnold Publication)
by Anthony F T Brown
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome, 9 Oct 2007
I love this book, and it definitely rivals the Oxford handbook for sheer practical on-the-job usefulness. The management steps are clear and concise, the breadth of information covered is huge and very little seems to be missed out ie you'll be hard pushed to come up with a topic not covered in here!

Of note, this book seems really useful for ENPs in A&E, ortho FY2s as well as A&E docs / medics because of the detail and quality of information included about fractures, minor injuries etc - I took my copy to work and within a short space of time it was battered and dog-eared...just a word of warning haha


Lecture Notes on Opthalmology (Lecture Notes S.)
Lecture Notes on Opthalmology (Lecture Notes S.)
by Bruce James
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars awesome, 9 Oct 2007
Another really good lecture notes book.

Useful (and reasonably priced) enough for the medical student getting to grips with the subject for the first time, I'm pretty sure this will see you right through to finals. Plenty of illustrations throughout, easy to read layout, and all-important self-assessment bit at the end.

worthwhile too for practicing doctors eg GPs, A&E, FY2s in ophthalmology who need to brush up on (or learn for the first time!) the basics of the subject.


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