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Useful for principles but lacks real substance...
on 22 June 2012
This book acts to instill principles of medicine by explaining the "why" and there is enough variation in questions to keep most students content; it is not the best source for acquiring clinical accumen or decision making however. There aren't enough questions geared towards the clinical problem solving as one would expect in their finals; rather majority of questions are based on clinical knowledge (which is important too, however problem solving questions feature a significant component in most medical schools...). Further, as other reviewers have already indicated, there are mistakes through the book (although this should not deter you and it may be used as a challenge for yourself to identify these).
Future editions should feature more questions geared towards identifying the next management option (eg 1st/2nd/3rd line) for patients with common conditions, and the renal section should incorporate more questions on chronic renal failure (there is but 1 question on the most commonly asked renal topic!). Overall I would recommend this book if you are beginning to acquire clinical knowledge across the breadth of medicine but the questions in this book lack substance when it comes to application of that knowledge to more difficult clinical scenarios. So why the recommendation? The answers are thorough and if you read them frequently and understand the reasoning, you should be able to answer nearly 80% of the questions in the SBAs medicine component (this does however require you to understand all the answers provided in detail...)