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Netter's Orthopaedic Clinical Examination: An Evidence-Based Approach, 2e (Netter Clinical Science)
Netter's Orthopaedic Clinical Examination: An Evidence-Based Approach, 2e (Netter Clinical Science)
by Joshua Cleland PT DPT PhD
Edition: Paperback
Price: £50.99

4.0 out of 5 stars For postgrad or the hardcore medical student, 8 Aug. 2012
If you are inspired to learn the most sensitive and most evidence-based orthopedic joint exam, this book is made for you. Each joint is covered from this book (including the temporomandibular joint, that is how extensive this book is). This book covers live clinical pictures and combines it with pictures from Netter's Atlas.

Each chapter covers a different joint and explains a whole variety of tests that one may see done by clinicians and orthopedic surgeons. Each test is also assessed, by statistical significance, as how appropriate they are for use in everyday clinical practice.

The anatomy covered this book is essential for medical students, however, the tests covered are above the levels of undergraduate medicine. I would therefore, recommend this book for those that are really keen to learn orthopedics or anatomy, those that want to go into orthopedics as a career choice, and for those doing projects or modules in orthopedics or anatomy specifically.

Although this book is pitched at a postgraduate level, it is worth referring to or having a read if you find yourself debating with others about how significant a `special' joint test is.

This review is written by an Elsevier Student Rep.


Crash Course: Pharmacology, 4e
Crash Course: Pharmacology, 4e
by Elisabetta Battista MBBS BSc
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent choice if you like the Crash Course series, 8 Aug. 2012
Following the rest of the Crash Course series, this book is written for those medical students that want to learn the most amount of information in the shortest amount of time. The diagrams and tables are written to maximize the learning by demonstrating the differences between different medications. The book also explains some basic pathophysiology to give a better understanding on how the drugs work. The mechanisms of action for most drugs are explained - in way more detail than the BNF, but less than Rang and Dale.

If you want to know mainly the basics of pharmacology, this book is quite good. However, to prepare for the national prescribing exams, the BNF would probably be the most useful to learn from. However, this book is helpful for pre-clinical medical students, junior clinical students, and also students in the physician assistant course.

An alternative to this book would be Rang and Dale Pharmacology Condensed. If you are used to using the Crash Course series, this book is a worthy addition to the series and worth looking into as a pharmacology book candidate on your bookshelves.

This review is written by an Elsevier Student Rep.


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: £24.81

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smaller than previous edition, but just as good, 8 Aug. 2012
If you prefer to learn medicine by cases or diagnosis, this book is worth looking into. Compared to the previous 3rd edition, this 4th edition is a lot smaller and handy for wards/travel. Each diagnosis is written with history, salient features in history and examination, and how to diagnosis. The level of details is above a junior clinical medical student - but is close to the level of a final year medical student. There are also `advanced level' questions written to each case, which are in the level of postgrad medicine and can be used to prepare junior doctors for MRCP.

Most of the images are black and white, but the important pictures that needed to be in color (i.e. dermatology, ophthalmology) are in color. This book does not replace a good clinical medicine textbook, but can be used in adjunct to allow the best learning and to cover the vast diversity of all areas of medicine and its subspecialties.

I especially like the chapter/case (number 125) of abdominal masses, covering the different diagnosis of masses in different regions of the abdomen. Succinct and well explained in preparation for final year OSCEs or postgrad PACES and for the very keen medical student.

This review is written by an Elsevier Student Rep.


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

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect O+G pocketbook, 8 Aug. 2012
This book is another sibling in the `Kumar and Clark Family'. The size of the book is `pocket size' and actually small enough to bring onto wards, similar to the Churchill's pocketbooks. The diagrams and pictures are greyscale + red. I quite enjoyed learning from this book - as it keep things concise and simple, while keeping in prose form. Covering everything from history, examination, gynae and obstetrics, and along with procedures and emergency management.

I especially liked the chapter on family planning and sexual health. It explains the different options of conception and explains the differences between each in a very succinct way. Investigations and management are also explicitly explained and categorized in appropriate subcategories, which is perfect of OSCE or for case presentations.

The obstetrics chapter is also well written. Antenatal and intrapartum care is well explained and dedicated pages to examples of CTG are inserted appropriately in the book.

If you need a book for the wards, clinics, or for quick reference, this book is perfect. However, if you want a book that covers related pathology or histology by images, this book does not cover it.

This review is written by an Elsevier Student Rep.


Clinical Ophthalmology: A Synopsis
Clinical Ophthalmology: A Synopsis
by Jack J. Kanski
Edition: Vinyl Bound

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing. No wonder it's bestselling., 13 Feb. 2012
This book has more pictures than any 'pocketbook' I've picked up. The content is written mostly in point form, and is an accompany text to "Clinical Ophthalmology: a systemic approach'. This book is definitely more in depth than what a average medical student needs to know to pass their finals, but it is definitely for the keen ones out there.

The images are very helpful and much more clearer and diverse than wikipedia/google images would bring up. This book covers imaging techniques and also examination techniques, and the chapters are split in a logical manner - making it easy to search the relevant information during clinics or even just revision.

I particularly like the chapter on 'systemic diseases' because it brings together why opthalmology is in the MBBS course - simply because diseases of the eye can be due to pathology in other bodily systems and this book reminds you gently of that fact. The chapter on 'Strabismus' is also very well done, the number of pictures depicting the different types of strabismus reflects how carefully the pictures are chosen for the other chapters too.

Highly recommend this book to anyone that is keen to learn more about ophthalmology than to just 'pass the exams'.


Dermatology (Illustrated Colour Text)
Dermatology (Illustrated Colour Text)
by David Gawkrodger
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thin + mighty, 2 Feb. 2012
I find it really hard to find the 'perfect' dermatology book and feel like I'm Goldilocks. It's either too much text, too many pictures, or simply too big of a textbook.

The ICT series have never let me down. It lets me know the 'basic' level of knowledge I should know for most of the subspecialty topics that the series cover. I found that this book gives the 'right' amount of text and is the 'right' size. The topics are laid out in a very sensible order and organized in 3 big categories: basic principles, diseases, and special topics. The text has a mix of text in bullet points and also in prose form. I particularly like the layout of the pages (quite similar to the other ICT books). No space is wasted with unnecessary tables or images. Everything in it is written to a sensible depth, ensuring most medical students to not feel completely overwhelmed by such a vast topic.

I wish there were more pictures in the book, considering dermatology is a very 'visual' specialty. However, it can easily be supplemented with Google images or any decent clinical medicine book that have subchapters on skin diseases or skin 'signs' on clinical examination.

I would recommend this book: if your 'general clinical medicine' book doesn't cover dermatology to the degree of your liking, if you already have other books in the ICT series, if you have a special interest in dermatology, or if you prefer to learn from 'thinner' textbooks.


Pharmacology Condensed: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, 2e
Pharmacology Condensed: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, 2e
by Maureen M. Dale MB BCh PhD
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy to be part of your textbook collection, 2 Feb. 2012
Pharmacology is one of those topics that I believe you have to learn on-the-go after you learnt the basics in your pre-clinical years in med school. Having all three members of the Rang and Dale (R+D) family, I finally realized the potential each of them have separately. R+D flashcards (the little sister) are amazing for 'on-the-run' revision, especially if you want something portable to put in your bag. R+D (the big, fat father) have everything you need to know, and more, in the book. R+D condensed (the sensible, older brother) is a nice hybrid of the former two.

R+D condensed is great for last minute pharmacology revision or even as a quick guide to read up the essential information on most classes of drugs. Just enough to sound like you 'know your stuff' in PBL or ward rounds (but not enough to sound like a pharmacist). I found this book to be a great companion to the BNF, as little of the clinical indications are described in the R+D condensed.

The main downside of this book is the lack of colors (compared to the 'big' R+D, Elsevier's Integrated Pharmacology and Pharmacology At a Glance). Despite that, I still think this is a worthy candidate to be on your bookshelf.


Ophthalmology: An Illustrated Colour Text, 3e
Ophthalmology: An Illustrated Colour Text, 3e
by Mark Batterbury Bsc FRCS(Glasg) FRCOphth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for medical students, 11 Oct. 2011
There are not many textbooks out there for medical students on such a specialized medical field - ophthalmology. This book is, in my opinion, the perfect book for any medical student that want to know a little bit more than 'just enough' in the field. I found the clinical pictures in this book very useful and better than some of the 'crash course' books out there in the market. I like how the book covers from the basics to ophthalmology (i.e History and examination, drugs, and microbiology) to the diseases in ophthalmology. I love the section at the end of the book called 'clinical decision making' and it helps bring all aspects of the book together - allowing medical students to start thinking clinically in ophthalmology.


Neurology: An Illustrated Colour Text, 3e
Neurology: An Illustrated Colour Text, 3e
by Geraint Fuller MD FRCP
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.90

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great successor to the ICT series, 11 Oct. 2011
I find the ICT series a very good series as a brief overview of the separate topics/specialties. Neurology ICT was written in a format and style that was expected of the series, covering the clinical presentation, pathological process, management and prognosis of each of the diseases related to the topic at hand. The pictures and diagrams used throughout the book are all useful ones, and nothing written or drawn in the book are unnecessarily done so. I found the chapters on epilepsy and weakness very well written. Like most of the ICT series, this book acts as a great intro guide and revision tool for medical students, but for those that are really interested in the field, i would recommend getting a 'thicker' textbook.


Essentials of Kumar and Clark's Clinical Medicine, 5e (Pocket Essentials)
Essentials of Kumar and Clark's Clinical Medicine, 5e (Pocket Essentials)
by Anne Ballinger MD FRCP
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.19

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect companion to the big K+C, but not a necessity, 11 Oct. 2011
This is literally a smaller version of the 'big K+C'. If you ever thought the big K+C was too much to carry with you for PBL or wards (which is understandable), this book seemed perfect for this gap in the market. The topics covered in this book is very similar to the big K+C. Some chapters has some basic physiology covered, some chapters have some basic procedures explained, and some chapters explain the variation of presenting complaints relating to the different bodily systems. Otherwise, most of the diseases are covered in the same format as the big K+C, making this book perfect of PBL and for exam revision. Highly recommend this book to be your next reading material on the tube or rail, but not a book of necessity in your bookshelf.


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