Lecture Notes: Biomedical Science Paperback – 5 Apr 2011
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"Each chapter moves concisely through the appropriate science, highlighting its relevance to clinical practice. The information is well presented and easy to navigate." (Oxford Medical School Gazette, 2011)
"This new book in the Lecture Notes series covers most of the important areas in biomedical sciences relevant to any doctor of tomorrow. It is a condensation of the essentials of the Oxford undergraduate pre–clinical medical course. Chapters on the broader areas of the curriculum such as Cell biology , Molecular biology and Anatomy are followed by chapters that take more of a systems approach e.g. Cardiovascular , Respiratory and Gastrointestinal etc. The necessary chapters on Immunology , Microbiology and even Statistics , are also included.
The aim of the author is to provide: A resource of the essential facts, without too much additional detail . The classic Lecture Notes format of short prose and bullet points alongside simple diagrams is used. This is achieved well with the addition of useful Definition and Clinical significance boxes throughout the text which are helpfully colour coded. There is no bulky text and subheadings clearly and logically breakup the information making is easy to digest. Diagrams are simple, colourful and informative. Most chapters come in at a very readable 20 pages long.
The Good – This book provides the essential facts in most of the topics that medical students and future doctors will be expected to be well versed in. Each chapter moves concisely through the appropriate science, highlighting its relevance to clinical practice. The information is well presented and easy to navigate. Diagrams have been intentionally kept simple whilst retaining the most important information as to make them easily reproducible in the exam situation. The diagrams in the anatomy sections of the book are of particular merit, managing to be both simple yet information rich. The addition of a chapter on statistics is a nice and highly appropriate addition to this, and indeed any, medical sciences text.
The Bad – Although very readable, in my opinion, this book is found a little wanting on content. When compared to texts of a similar ilk such as the Oxford Handbook of Medical Sciences, which also has the advantage of being more compact, this becomes apparent. Common to other texts in the Lecture Notes series, the style can be somewhat uninspiring in places. Although aiming at essential facts I think this book would benefit from slightly more detail in some areas, more as a facilitator in the understanding of the basics, even if it is not retained by the reader.
Personal Recommendation – This book follows in the footsteps of others that attempt to condense the medical undergraduate course into a single book something that it achieves well given its primary aim of providing a text of essential facts. If you are a clinical student looking to touch up on only the undergraduate essentials in a particular area then this is the book for you. On the other hand if you aspire to more than just the basics then investing in a larger combined physiology and anatomy text may be required for the broader picture to be seen.
by Nicholas Sunderland, 5th Year Medical Student, Oxford University Medical School Gazette
From the Back Cover
This brand new Lecture Notes title provides the core biomedical science study and revision material that medical students need to know. Matching the common systems–based approach taken by the majority of medical schools, it provides concise, student–led content that is rooted in clinical relevance. The book is filled with learning features such as key definitions and key conditions, and is cross–referenced to develop interdisciplinary awareness. Although designed predominantly for medical students, this new Lecture Notes book is also useful for students of dentistry, pharmacology and nursing.
Biomedical Science Lecture Notes provides:
- A brand new title in the award–winning Lecture Notes series
- A concise, full colour study and revision guide
- A ′one–stop–shop′ for the biomedical sciences
- Clinical relevance and cross referencing to develop interdisciplinary skills
- Learning features such as key definitions to aid understanding
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I feel that some areas are lacking diagrams that are severely needed. For example, which medical sciences textbook does not have a single diagram of the heart?!!
Many areas are neglected completely - though perhaps these are covered in the more specific titles of the series...
Overall, I'd say it is an average book, but save your money for area-specialised textbooks.
This is a much-needed approach. At medical school I was frequently swamped by enormous texts and ultimately forgot everything. With the broadening of the medical curriculum and the rapid development of many fields, students need something simple to get an authoritative overview of the sciences. This book does just that.
It covers everything from cell biology through the science behind each body systems to medical statistics. This enormous remit is covered in a style which is accessible to the new medical student but in enough depth to be used as a reference to students in any medical field. Clinical boxes are scattered throughout the text and contains medical learning points, all serving to highlight the relevance of the text to the actual practice of medicine. Diagrams are equally appropriate, full-colour and memorable.
In summary: an excellent book, unique in its field, and one I wish I'd had at the start of medical school - it would have made my life a lot simpler!
Pros: Lots of information that will cover most of your course. A first stop book to gain an understanding before using more in depth books.
Cons: Sometimes the information describing a complex structure is in word on one page then you turn over to see a diagram of it on the next. Personally I just want the diagram. But if you do like words as well, then it is annoying you have to turn over to see the diagram.
There are no case histories, which I feel is important to biomedical science.
Over all a great book for first and second years. Third year you will need to use other books.
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