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a virtual entry requirement; concise but patchy
on 6 January 2006
Like so many others before me i bought this book expecting great things. The hefty price tag alone seemed to be evidence of its brilliance (and the publishers caching in).
The price clearly doesn't reflect the content or binding; compare davidson's.
The book consists of a comprehensive list of system based chapters including the ones we all tend to neglect e.g. molecular medicine.
As i first approached chapters like cardiology i was shocked by the lack of substantive content. It put me off so much i let the book gather dust for several months, in favour of more traditional texts and MCQ books. Indeed many people say not to the bother with formal texts and just go for MCQs.
It is now 3 weeks before the exam and i'm realizing how useful the book is.
Unfortunately many excellent books like Davidson's are just not MRCP friendly. In contrast this book is practical and readable given the busy timetable of working SHOs.
The chapters i once thought were brief now seem full of essential facts, and devoid of the interesting but MRCP-useless facts found in other texts.
There is a danger that a book like this could become mere lists but the chapter on endocrinology is an example of an excellent piece of science writing.
The chapters on molecular stuff and epidemiology are worth the price alone. There are many medical statistics books out there masquerading as concisely distilled information perfect for SHOs but in reality they are over the top for MRCP part 1.
The major let down in the book is the infectious diseases chapters. This was a real chance for the book to shine but sadly essential diseases like leishmania are completely missed out.
Overall its an important part of my revision shedule but not the dominant force, which remains every good MCQ book i can get my hands on. The third edition needs to be less patchy.