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Mark Harrison is a successful MCEM candidate and is now an Emergency Medicine registrar based at Emergency Medicine Departments in the Northern Deanery, UK. Having originally trained as a surgeon at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, he now works as an Emergency Medicine registrar throughout hospitals in the North East of England.


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This is a nice book in the sense this is how my own revision book should have looked like. It has all the knowledge you should know as a succinct list and it is true to the basic sciences as listed by the college. There are also some good diagrams in it. However, I could not find a section on statistics and there were some rather glaring mistakes (I presume publication errors). Some of the mistakes include getting the concentrations of cations and anions in intracellular and extracellular compartments the wrong way round, and also stating hypokalaemia as a feature of Addison's disease. I was not sure how to feed this back to the authors, but you have to be careful that you are not assimilating the wrong information. I would use it to dip in and help remind yourself of subjects that you once knew but have forgotten (i.e. as the revision book it was intended to be). I would take it as a plus point if you can spot the errors too, as this obviously means you do have some knowledge.
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This is probably the most useful revision guide for MCEM but there is a distinct lack of other revision material out there. It is well laid out and set out as per the College of Emergency Medicine's basic sciences curriculum that anyone can access via the website. There are mistakes however the most notable is Chapter C1 basic cellular physiology page 225 Table C.1.1 The cation and anion concentrations for ICF & ECF are the wrong way round, you could fail your exam as a result...Good luck
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I bought this as a solution to carrying around multiple textbooks - as a revision resource it has a clear layout and is easy to use.
HOWEVER: there are multiple mistakes in every chapter, sections are completely missing (no statistics being the most obvious), and the anatomy section is next to useless with very few diagrams making it very hard to use. My advice is to do core learning from those multiple books and use this book only at the very end for reference only in conjunction with a good online question bank.
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It was so useful to have a book with everything in it! I had to supplement the anatomy section by watching video atlas' of anatomy as I couldn't remember where everything was... so it would be better with more diagrams for anatomy. And there was no stats section, but to be honest, if you do practice papers, you can pick up the knowledge quickly. I found that there were a few factual mistakes, so I spent a bit of time double checking things. All in all, it helped me pass the MCEM part A at first sitting, with 3 weeks cramming. So,therefore, it was very good!
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There is a paucity of resources available for the MCEM despite there being a big syllabus that needs to be covered. This book is designed to fill that gap with one convenient book instead of 15. It's good good diagrams and closely adheres to the syllabus.

BUT (and this is a big but) as pointed out before there are lots of little errors. Sometimes it is mixing up medial and lateral. Some of it is getting things totally the wrong way round. Every now and then I think "that really doesn't sound right", google it and lo and behold it is wrong. But then it makes me worry that I am only picking up the errors when I knew the information anyway (which sort of negates the point of a book) and that in the areas I know nothing about I'm probably missing much more.

I'm using it for the anatomy revision (since I'm fairly doomed in that section anyway and it tightly adheres the the syllabus) but I don't trust it for things like physiology so am using other sources.

It's a real shame because if these errors were rectified it would be the perfect exam companion.
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Simply put - it covers the MCEM Part A syllabus in 500 pages (entertainingly in the exact structure and detail that the syllabus covers it). It is simply a godsend - i had envisaged plowing through 1000 pages in each subject myself using the syllabus as a guide to identify what was relevant - I'm delighted that somebody did it before me!!!

There is an unfortunate amount of basic errors in this book. (eg. p5 - Teres minor vs major (repeated in p6 for start of brachial artery), p6 - axillary tale vs tail, p8 coracobrachialis causing flexion of forearm...) The errors will however keep you on your toes - just make sure you have a reliable reference beside you also (or Wikipedia...(daft as it sounds its incredible for anatomy - certainly seems to have less errors than the textbook and supplies references...))

It's a pity to see such a promising textbook suffer from such poor quality control, and essentially to succeed through lack of competition. I presume that the second edition will be much better quality (it should be relatively simple to enlist trainees studying for exams to proofread!)

If not it is an ideal candidate for a wikibook...
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it is all basic reading material that you need. do an mcq site with it, keep adding material to this book.
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After time strugling to find a guide for my revision this book comes to light. It is based in the curriculum and it gives you the exact depth of knowledge needed to face the exam confident that you know, at least, enough on each subject.
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