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4.0 out of 5 stars A useful book (from a medical student perspective), 25 April 2012
This review is from: Basic Science for the MRCS: A revision guide for surgical trainees, 2e (MRCS Study Guides) (Paperback)
Although not written with a medical student audience in mind, this book was still useful to me as a clinical medical student. It is conveniently ordered into sections on anatomy, physiology and pathology. Each section additionally has a few OSCE scenarios. I found the layout of the book to be very logical and easy to follow and found that I was able to flick through quickly to locate particular sections. The diagrams were also very useful though my only criticism would be that they are all black and white. This is a matter a preference, but personally, I enjoy colour diagrams. Indeed, I think that the chapter sections would be better demarcated through the use of a colour code system throughout the book as a whole. Nevertheless, I still found it to be a valuable resource. Given that it aims to cover `Basic Science', I found it to be at the right level to use as a revision aid, particularly when covering a specific body system before a hospital attachment. It was definitely much quicker to revise from this book as opposed to consulting the individual texts that I used when I actually learnt the information for the first time. I also liked the `Clinical Points' sections in the anatomy chapters as these were the areas that I wanted to ensure I revised before heading back to the wards. Having recently completed a surgical attachment, I was pleased to find that the book contains the information that I was commonly questioned on by the surgical team in teaching sessions.

Overall, I think this book is definitely a useful revision aid for use on surgical placements. I struggle to decide on which books to take with me when I am away on regional placements, but I think that this book would solve some of my problems as it obviates the need to take separate single revision texts for anatomy, physiology and pathology. Although by no means comprehensive if you need detailed information about the topics, it beautifully fulfils its intended role as a revision aid. I would give it 4/5 stars.
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