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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent new style of book for clinical students...., 13 Feb 2009
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This review is from: Respiratory Medicine: Clinical Cases Uncovered (CaseBased) (Paperback)
The Clinical Cases Uncovered series is quite a unique new format from Blackwell.
The first section offers a basic science overview that is slanted towards clinical diseases, so for example discusses mechanisms of hypersensitivity which is obviously of relevance to asthma.
There is then a section on approach to the patient which includes examination and, usefully, investigations (eg detailed coverage of lung function tests).
The main body of the book though is composed of case studies. In the Respiratory CCU there are 29 cases which take up 190 pages. These provide an excellent way to make sure you get some exposure to the range of clinical disease in a speciality that you might miss out on placement (eg seeing only the really complicated stuff in a tertiary centre, or just the bread-and-butter stuff in a small regional hospital). There is an initial presenting feature (eg chest tightness and wheeze in 19-year-old male to his GP) which opens a discussion on history and examination. This then moves onto investigations (eg home peak flow) with a further update from the clinical scenario (eg diurnal variation in peak flow with morning dipping). The discussion then moves into management and complications etc, ending with a case summary and key points.
I find that clinical placements can be variable in terms of what cases you see and a book such as this provides a valuable way to back up your real clinical experience with written cases.
Finally there is a section on self-assessment - MCQs, EMQs and SAQs. These are excellent and help prepare for exams pretty well.
Overall this is an excellent format for complementing clinical experience and would be great to prepare for exams with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Starter, 11 Mar 2013
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Basic science and approach to patient section: Clearly laid out with physiology and pathology and even immunology, which is quite essential in respi because of conditions like Asthma and EAA. There's even a table on antibiotics displaying the spectrum of each antibiotic and the organisms susceptible to it. For the examination section, there was a useful summary table on the different findings in each condition which would be good for revision purposes.

Cases: Some of the cases seem quite long. Each case is on average 6-8 pages. But most of the space is taken up by pages. Asthma and COPD are very well covered. There are even pictures of the different types of inhalers and ventilatory equipment. Not drawn diagrams, but actual clear pictures. There's even a case on the different types of hypersensitivity reactions, comparing asthma, rhinitis and EAA. After reading that, I suddenly understood all 3 conditions much better. The summary tables are amazing. Quick and easy reference. Despite being published 4 years ago, the cases are treatment options are still very relevant. Full of diagrams to explain the disease process.

Overall, I think it gives the reader a clear introduction to respiratory medicine. After reading davidson's, I felt rather confused about all the different signs and diseases. But these cases lay it out very clearly and even cover pathophysiology. Unlike the cardiology CCU, it's not so complicated to the point where it makes you lose interest, neither do you need to read through a textbook before starting on this (again, unlike the cardiology CCU which completely confused me because I didn't read the textbook before hand). It's one of the better CCUs, Almost on par with the hepatology one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very useful for GP/MEDICI DI BASE/ for a review of the ..., 11 Oct 2014
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very useful for GP/MEDICI DI BASE/ for a review of the commonest clinical cases you can find during your daily work.
It is a 2008 edition, and is still 90% updated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable, 25 Feb 2009
This review is from: Respiratory Medicine: Clinical Cases Uncovered (CaseBased) (Paperback)
In my opinion this is a great way to learn clinical medicine, and I thoroughly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 Dec 2014
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Great set of books
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