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Epson WorkForce DS-30 Portable Business Scanner
Epson WorkForce DS-30 Portable Business Scanner
Price: £84.92

2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite up to the job, 27 Jan. 2015
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Scan quality is not great, even at 200dpi which gives good results on most other scanners, and the multiple page scan feature is tricky to manage. If you put in your next page too soon, it stops halfway through and says there is a jam. If you leave it too late, you miss the boat and have to add the page later. The software isn't great either. Overall, if you must have a portable scanner and your phone won't do, consider it, but if you can wait till you're home and have a proper one then I'd give this a miss.


Textbook of Orthopaedics, Trauma and Rheumatology: With STUDENT CONSULT Access, 2e
Textbook of Orthopaedics, Trauma and Rheumatology: With STUDENT CONSULT Access, 2e
by Raashid Luqmani DM FRCP FRCPE
Edition: Paperback
Price: £40.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, 13 May 2013
It's only now I've finished my finals that I've found the time to sit down and review this book which was kindly provided to me free of charge by Elsevier. I only wish that I'd found the time to utilise it prior to my exams!

At first I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book. Despite most curricula grouping them together, rheumatology and orthopaedics are very different subjects and I was dubious that one book would be able to do adequate justice to both areas without far exceeding 500 pages. I'm happy to say that I've been proven wrong - the textbook does a very capable job of covering musculoskeletal medicine and surgery at the right level for finals and F1/2.

Each chapter has a useful summary table at the start, which if you're in a hurry gives a more than adequate overview of the following text. I'm a big fan of colour in books and this one has plenty. Lastly, the content is pitched at the right level, which is perfect for medical students either on their rheumatology/orthopaedics rotation(s) or revising for finals.

The only criticism I'd make is the price - £40 strikes me as high for one book, especially as it's only useful for your musculoskeletal attachments. That said, £40 does seem to be the going rate these days for a decent book and it is a lot more detailed than the revision guides you can buy for £20. Essentially, if you've got the money, I haven't seen anything else on the market that competes - very few books cover T&O and rheumatology together and I'd say that's this book's biggest strength. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to any medical student in their clinical years as I feel it's a valuable aid for both learning and revision.


Macleod's Clinical Diagnosis, 1e
Macleod's Clinical Diagnosis, 1e
by Alan G Japp MBChB(Hons) BSc(Hons) MRCP PhD
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth getting in your clinical years, 13 May 2013
As a final year medical student about to start work I can definitely recommend this book to medical students, especially in their clinical years (i.e. second half of the course).

Patients don't present with a particular condition (usually) - they present with a particular complaint, e.g. shortness of breath. This might have various causes: is it heart failure? Pneumonia? A pulmonary embolus? This book nicely fits into the gap between most books (which take a condition-based approach, in the main) and what patients actually present with. You wouldn't sit down and read it in an evening, because naturally it covers quite a broad array of topics, but for OSCE revision in particular I'd recommend it. The flowcharts are clear and useful and the use of colour is about right too.

If I'd written/published the book, I would have reformatted it to be a handbook size volume, as a handbook at least stands some chance of fitting into a pocket - admittedly with a bit of bending and squeezing. It's not too thick or heavy and is ideal for a backpack or handbag, but is still a little large to sneak a peek at unobtrusively, for example in the middle of a ward round. Otherwise, an excellent book.

Conflict of interest declaration: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in order to review it.


Extremes: Life, Death and the Limits of the Human Body
Extremes: Life, Death and the Limits of the Human Body
by Kevin Fong
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly covers life at the limits, 20 April 2013
There aren't many people better qualified to write about the extremes of human survival than Kevin Fong. His engaging and enthusiastic personality comes across as he brings to life human stories from the edge on every page.

As a final year medical student I found the medical aspects particularly interesting and of course relevant to starting work as a doctor in a few months' time. But there's plenty for everyone here - the science is made accessible throughout the book and regardless of your background or area of interest the whole book is captivating. He covers survival in the cold, diving, trauma and of course space exploration with much more besides. I can't recommend it highly enough to anyone with an interest in medicine, space, human exploration or even just science in general. You'll love it.


Cynical Acumen: The Anarchic Guide to Clinical Medicine
Cynical Acumen: The Anarchic Guide to Clinical Medicine
Price: £20.82

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, 26 Oct. 2012
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Witty and informative. I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting an alternative take on clinical medicine - it's full of humour but also has plenty of useful exam-oriented tips (although the author takes pains to point out that it's not a book for exams, it's most certainly a great asset for them).


Crash Course Haematology and Immunology, 4e
Crash Course Haematology and Immunology, 4e
by Yousef Gargani MBChB
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Preclinical haematology and immunology, 13 Aug. 2012
As an Elsevier Student Rep I have been provided with a free review copy of this book, which is part of the popular Crash Course series. As the title suggests, it is a focused book that gives a good grounding in preclinical haematology and immunology, as well as some MCQs and EMQs at the end.

The book is slightly weighted towards haematology, which is fine as this area is much more "core" in most medical school curricula. The text isn't too heavy and is broken up with good use of bulletpoints and figures. The figure of the coagulation cascade on page 63 is particularly useful for visualising how to test each part of the cascade. As it's a basic science book rather than a clinical book, it will be particularly useful for students in years 1 and 2 of the medical course, who are undoubtedly the primary target audience for the book and will certainly find the conciseness of the book very helpful for revision. Senior students will probably find a clinical book more useful, as this text concentrates on scientific rather than on clinical aspects.

Overall I would recommend this book to medical students studying haematology and immunology for the first time. Information is given at the right level and the figures are easy to understand. Its other advantages are that it's concise and doesn't contain too much unnecessary information.


250 Cases in Clinical Medicine, 4e (MRCP Study Guides)
250 Cases in Clinical Medicine, 4e (MRCP Study Guides)
by Ragavendra R. Baliga MD MBA
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and comprehensive, 13 Aug. 2012
As an Elsevier Student Rep I have been provided with a free review copy of this book. It is a comprehensive review of the index cases in medicine that form the basis of final year OSCEs and the PACES exam for MRCP. All medical specialties are covered and it provides more than enough information for the final year student. Its case focused approach offers a different angle to the popular Oxford Handbook and makes it very helpful for OSCE preparation. However, the level of information does surpass the standard required to pass finals and so students should bear this in mind when reading the book. For postgraduates, however, the information is at the right level.

This is a book with only two main limitations. Firstly, cases are usefully grouped by organ system, which makes it easy to get to the relevant section of the book. However, cases are not listed alphabetically within sections, which makes it difficult to quickly find the case you are interested in - particularly for the longer chapters such as the neurology one. There is an excellent index though, which is one way around this. The second limitation is that the figures are in black and white. In this era where printed books are directly competing with online resources, colour figures should be an absolute prerequisite. Addressing these issues would enhance yet further the value of the book.

However, overall this is an excellent book and comprehensively tackles the medical cases with which the final year student and PACES candidate should be familiar. If you want a case-based book that will take you through to ST level or equivalent, and want to impress in exams, I would recommend the investment. It is a thickish text, however, and to get through it before the exam, candidates should buy it well in advance in order to get the most out of it.


Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2e (Pocket Essentials)
Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2e (Pocket Essentials)
by Barry O'Reilly MD MRCOG FRANZCOG
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal O&G overview, 13 Aug. 2012
As an Elsevier Student Rep I have been provided with a free review copy of this book. I am pleased to say that it is well structured and strikes a good balance between size and content. It is detailed enough to be a first port of call for information and arguably provides more than enough depth for finals. At the same time, its small size means it can easily fit into a bag while adding minimal weight and bulk. It follows on from the popular first edition and builds on this by adding colour, a stronger cover and better quality pages which gives it much more resilience and overall a much better feel.

The whole book is relevant with little surplus or unnecessary information. The section on history taking and examination skills at the start is useful, as are the self assessment questions at the end. Good use is made of tables and diagrams to break up and explain the text. Some sections are fairly wordy and the next edition would benefit from using more tables and bulletpoints, particularly when explaining the advantages and disadvantages of various contraceptive methods (family planning section).

Overall I recommend this book to medical students who are undergoing O&G rotations and those preparing for finals. It will also provide enough information for junior doctors working in O&G looking for a quick recap or overview of the main issues to be aware of in the specialty.


Kumar and Clark's Clinical Medicine, 8e
Kumar and Clark's Clinical Medicine, 8e
by Parveen Kumar CBE BSc MD DM (HC) FRCP FRCP(Edin)
Edition: Paperback
Price: £46.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and worth the money, 13 Aug. 2012
As an Elsevier Student Rep I have been provided with a free review copy of this book. I bought the sixth edition when I started medical school back in 2007 and found it useful for looking things up as and when I came across them on our twice-monthly clinical sessions. I used it a lot more in my third year when it really came into its own.

The eight edition is updated and has a modern feel. Tables, flowcharts and images are used to supplement the text, which as you may imagine is extremely comprehensive. It will cover clinical medicine in more than enough depth for finals and although the price seems steep, it is actually far cheaper than investing in a separate book for each rotation.

Of course the trade-off is its bulk - it is a reference text and as such it is best employed for looking things up in the evening after a day on the wards. It isn't concise enough to use as a revision guide, though if you haven't understood something it will explain it in far greater depth than a revision guide will be able to.

Personally I would suggest investing in it at the end of your second year, so you have the most up to date edition, and getting a smaller book at the same time to take with you to the ward. This should give you everything you need to know about clinical medicine and will set you up to do very well in exams. However, before making the investment I would recommend that you go to the library and try their copy (or borrow a friend's) to make sure you get on with the layout and so on before committing.
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