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Not the easiest book to wade through
on 20 July 2009
Though this book certainly looks glossy, and has many appealingly named chapters, I found this book extremely hard to digest. First off, the author has the tendency to opt for flowery and complicated words (which usually shouldn't be a problem, but in this case it just makes it hard to read) and I also found that the author asked questions (in the text, not as a revision question) and went off on a tangent without actually answering the question. (Which I found was the case when they asked why the mother does not reject the foetus. There was a really good following about a certain antigen, but the question wasn't answered.) Or in some cases, he would answer the question but you had to either re-read or look really hard, and when you're trying to do a lot of studying, this isn't exactly appealing. I also found topics such as the menstrual cycle to be not as comprehesive as I would have liked it to be, often mixing in with the luteal cycle. I would have preferred it to be separate and also not mixed in with other chapters. I did find myself conferring things he said with Wikipedia, and actually found Wikipedia to be more insightful.
That said, the book does have its pros. There is a good summary of points at the end of each chapter, and the subtitles usually offer a key point or interesting fact. The set-up is also clear.
I was lucky enough to get this book second-hand, and would definitely not recommend someone buying this full price unless they're sure it's for them.