Essential Revision Notes for MRCP Hardcover – 1 Sep 1998
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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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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book. Helped me pass MRCP part 1 . Definitely compliments online questionsPublished 9 months ago by BH
This is a good book.
Honestly though if you're studying for the MRCP you're probably better off Solving questions on on of the available online sites.
Many gaping areas but then i suppose there's only so much you can fit into one book. I still think the usmle books do a much better job of summarising high yield knowledge.Published 14 months ago by steventyp
Not up to date on certain sections like novel anti-coagulants etc. should be fine with a question bank thoigh to pass the MRCPs!Published 16 months ago by Margaret Creedon
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