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2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of important info, let down by poor organisation., 4 Nov 2011
This review is from: Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access (Paperback)
This book contains a lot of information and if you're able to sit down and read through long sections of wordy text then you might like it but the organisation of the information is poor.

There is a lot of waffle that overcomplicates and obscures simple concepts and after reading a section I have been left with things that aren't clear, missing bits of info and a feeling of 'okay, but what about...?' Additionally there is a lot of repetition and several topics that need a summary are touched on in several different chapters or places without ever being pinned down properly.

What it does do is take the time to explain some of the aspects of paediatric care that are more than the simple presentation/investigations and diagnosis and that you might not get in a barebones/revision style text book. This means that for someone working through an undergraduate paediatrics placement it is nice to slowly work through (if you've got a lot of time to sit down and read) and the chapter structure supports this approach.

Using this book for revision, however, is a different matter and something that i've found almost impossible - the main text takes far too long to get the point and lacks useful lists and bullet points while the end of chapter summary boxes are at the opposite end of the spectrum and usually just a differential diagnosis list that gives no indication of what's important and what is not.

On balance, I feel this book overcomplicates the topic and although it has the value of covering all bases I don't think this is useful as it is very difficult to assimilate when it is this poorly organised.

4th Year Medical Student, Sheffield
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