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Essential Revision Notes for MRCP Hardcover – 1 Sep 1998

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  • Hardcover: 664 pages
  • Publisher: PasTest (Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901198065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901198065
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17.2 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 852,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is absolutely excellent and I shall recommend it strongly to the participants at all my MRCP courses. --Geriant James MA, MD, FRCP - Visiting Professor of Medicine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Professor Philip A Kalra MA MB BChir FRCP MD is a Consultant Nephrologist, Salford Royal Hospital Trust and the University of Manchester. Professor Kalra qualified from Cambridge University in 1982 and has worked as a renal and general physician at Salford Royal Hospital since 1995. He has a longstanding interest in MRCP teaching and undergraduate education and edited the best seller 'Essential Revision Notes for MRCP'. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Format: Paperback
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.
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Format: Paperback
This is a surprisingly good book for the MRCP I exams. It distils the most relevant facts in an easy to read format. If you are preparing for the MRCP I and you have little time (as most of us), you definitely need this book.
My suggestions for those preparing for the Part I:
1. Begin with the Color Atlas and Text of Clinical Medicine by Charles Forbes, et al. This book will gently introduce you to the whole of clinical medicine without taxing your brains.
2. Continue with the Essential Revision Notes for MRCP. Read it at least 2 or 3 times. It is only 660 pages, and shouldn't take that much time to read.
3. Begin practice questions, and ensure you practice MANY questions, checking up difficult cases from the reference books (e.g. Oxfords or Harisson's). A good source of questions is the onexamination.com
4. Round up your revision with the Essential Revision Notes, and
5. Confidently sit for the exams. Your chances of passing are well above 90%.
As in most exams, your success depends heavily on whether or not you read the relevant materials, and your familiarity with the types of questions set. The Essential Revision Notes for MRCP will take care of the former, and frequent practice will take care of the latter.
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Format: Hardcover
As I did sit for this exam myself and I know how tough it is, it's a very good revision book for someone sitting the MRCP part I. The contents of the book are very concise, targeted towards the common questions that appear in the exam, presented nicely, easily read and contains very helpful tables. Thus it makes it less time consuming. It is styled so as answers to the MCQ's can be found easily and quickly.
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Format: Paperback
Well ok, this book and a lot of hard graft should see you pass. Big problem about the MRCP? Too much information and you haven't a clue where to start. This book gives you an idea of the level of study and knowledge the Royal College expects. Some useful lists and also reviews of those subjects you just glossed over at medical school and in a style easy enough for a surgeon to read! Seriously useful book. Used in conjunction with as many MCQs as you can get your hands on should give you a good chance.
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Good for consolidating learning. Obviously couldnt cover everything you would ever need to know and you have to spend significant time doing practice questions as well but this book is great for starting the daunting task of starting to revise for MRCP
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Format: Paperback
Unfortunately this is the only core text available that concisely incorporates all the information required for the Part 1. It is dull as dishwater to read and I picked it up many times before discarding it usually due to time constraints. But despite the Hammersmith course after my 3rd attempt, I really only passed because I knuckled down and forced myself to read this. The Part 1 examiners seem to take their most obscure questions from the finest print in the footnotes of this text so although far from a fun read, it is a must. Sorry guys.
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Very good, concise and informative book covering all the essential core topics in the MRCP syllabus and when combined with an online MRCP database of questions i.e Pastest will give you a very high chance of passing your MRCP Part I & II. Well written and presented and not overly complicated in description of conditions and their common presentations and diagnosis.
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This is a must have book for mrcp pt 1 revision, but is far from perfect. I was initially underwhelmed when reading the first cardiology chapter as this was a series of lists with very little explanation. However when I was nearer exam time I revisited this text and found it allowed me to quickly strengthen my weaker areas of clinical sciences, haematology and renal while quickly brushing up on stronger areas. I will say that it is not sufficient alone, but I owe a great deal to this book for passing mrcp pt 1 and would recommend this to all those sitting the exam
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