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Oxford Handbook of Emergency Medicine (Oxford Medical Handbooks)
Oxford Handbook of Emergency Medicine (Oxford Medical Handbooks)
Price: £29.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably still the best exam resource, 12 Jan. 2014
The Oxford Handbooks used to be the go-to resource on the shop floor as a quick reference guide. Websites such as Medscape and Up to Date have probably ended that but these are still good resources for exam preparation. Most of the MCEM/ FCEM curriculum is included here.

It has some great sections and some weaker ones. It includes some surprising statements such as "ketamine is rarely used in hospital practice for adults" and IV sedation should only be used in "truly exceptional circumstances" for the violent, agitated patient in the ED.

I would recommend this as an MCEM resource, particularly in conjunction with online SAQ's and the excellent Secrets of Emergency Medicine book.


Plantronics BackBeat GO Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Headset - Black
Plantronics BackBeat GO Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Headset - Black
Offered by total digital stores

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty useless out of doors, 8 Sept. 2013
The sound quality of these headphones is actually fairly decent, and they connect easily with every device I've tried them with. The real problem with them lies in the awful battery life of only 2-3 hours. This means having to remember to recharge them before every use and renders them incapable of providing a source of music on long runs and cycles. They also suffer from constant interference when passing traffic lights for some reason. I wouldn't buy these again and have consigned my set to a drawer having purchased a set of conventional earphones instead. Maybe with some technological improvements they will become useful in the future but at the moment I would avoid purchasing these.


Exeze WMR 4GB Waterproof MP3 Player Black - Dual Headphones - IPX8 Waterproofing Certified
Exeze WMR 4GB Waterproof MP3 Player Black - Dual Headphones - IPX8 Waterproofing Certified

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lasted around 10 minutes, 19 Mar. 2011
I had no problem transferring music and the sound quality, whilst very quiet, was acceptable. Unfortunately after around 10 minutes under water, the earplugs started to leak and after that there was no sound for the rest of the swim. I've tried the different sizes to no avail.


The Poisonwood Bible
The Poisonwood Bible
by Barbara Kingsolver
Edition: Paperback

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A rambling slog of a novel, 4 Mar. 2011
This review is from: The Poisonwood Bible (Paperback)
This novel is told from the viewpoint of five female narrators, a mother and her five daughters. They are a run-of-the-mill, god-fearing American family who are placed in an extraordinary situation due to the religious obsessions of the father, a protestant missionary. Things begin to unravel dramatically following their arrival in Africa and they are caught up in the revolutionary change sweeping the continent at that time. We are treated to a vivid portrayal of life in an impoverished Congolese village and the dramatic lifestyle change this entails for the girls. So far so good, although none of the narrators develop a distinctive voice and they are thin caricatures of impressionable adolescents. Kingsolver so fails to render these characters as individuals that she relies on verbal quirks and idiosyncrasies to distinguish between them. The twin with cerebral palsy, for instance, is obsessed with palindromes and turning words back-to-front. I think a little more research could probably have gone into neurological disorders. We then learn later in the book that her paraplegia was to an extent self-inflicted and she regains some of her function. A parable for Africa? We have the teenage beauty queen who never quite shakes off her cosmetic desires and later flees to Johannesburg with a corrupt pilot, losing contact with the rest of her family in the process. There is the macho female who enjoys hunting and eventually goes native and marries a Congolese man. And we have the baby, distinguished predictably enough through baby talk. In less than two years in Africa, most of the family ties have broken down and the father has become a Kurtz-like figure, so deranged that he goes raving into the jungle.

This novel becomes more ridiculous as it progresses. The political themes are so nauseatingly leftist and anti-colonial that Kingsolver's polemic becomes increasingly annoying. Everything is black and white in her world. Poor downtrodden Africans and helpless exploited women are the victims of white, capitalist brutes with no redeeming characteristics.

There are some great lyrical moments in this book. The burning of the jungle scene was well-rendered, as was some of the depiction of village life. It is undeniably too long however and a shorter, more concise novel dispensing with the flight from Africa and it's after-effects would have been far more effective.
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The History of English Literature (Naxos AudioBooks Histories series)
The History of English Literature (Naxos AudioBooks Histories series)
by Perry Keenlyside
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £17.35

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great overview of English literature, 20 May 2010
This is wonderful, fast-paced romp through the vast world of English literature. It is both a great introduction to the subject and an entertaining point of reference for more knowledgeable listeners. Derek Jacobi employs his characteristic grand, statesmanlike oratory and it is well-suited when describing the sweeping changes in the history of literature.


The Sunday Sessions: Philip Larkin reading his poetry
The Sunday Sessions: Philip Larkin reading his poetry
by Philip Larkin
Edition: Audio Cassette
Price: £4.64

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true cultural relic, 20 May 2010
This is a remarkable collection. Recorded at Larkin's behest and rescued from anonymity in a dusty basement several years ago it is probably the definitive account of his output. The poems contained span his entire career and include the classics "Whitsun Weddings", "Churchgoing", "Toads"' and "At Grass". The track listing gives an idea of the order in which Larkin himself may have wished his poems to be heard. The sound quality is good and Larkin's tone throughout is of the modest watchfulness of an outsider which characterises his poems.


Oxford Handbook of Sport and Exercise Medicine (Oxford Handbooks)
Oxford Handbook of Sport and Exercise Medicine (Oxford Handbooks)
by Domhnall MacAuley
Edition: Flexibound

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As per usual- high quality from the OH series, 4 Feb. 2009
If you are at all interested in sports medicine then this is really essential. I am currently doing the diploma at Bath Uni and have found this resource invaluable. It contains concise information on both exercise and sports medicine and even for it's size is one of the best texts on the market on this subject.


Dexter: Complete Season 1 [DVD]
Dexter: Complete Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael C. Hall
Offered by LuvFilmLuvMusic
Price: £10.54

9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average show saved by original plot, 4 Feb. 2009
I watched the box set of the first season in a few days. It kept me intrigued until the end and is extremely well-paced. The novel plot of a serial killer who hunts serial killers gives it the edge over rival police dramas on TV. There are a lot of major flaws however. Most of the characters are cardboard thin and his adopted sister is incredibly irritating. I almost wanted to throw my television against the wall every time she came on screen. It also got progressively less disturbing as the series moved on, almost as if they got fed-up taking risks and went for a more mainstream audience. I would recommend this however. If you are looking for a television drama that will keep you hooked for the duration then this may interest you.


Proporta Silicone Case (iPod photo 60GB) White
Proporta Silicone Case (iPod photo 60GB) White
Offered by Dewan online store
Price: £10.99

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, ineffectual cover, 24 Jan. 2006
I bought this as a protective cover for my new ipod but was sorely disappointed. Firstly, it is advertised as being suitable for the 60gb ipod but the screen size design is too small and therefore watching videos etc. with the cover on is compromised. It also comes with a belt attachment. This is thoroughly insecure and the ipod is at risk of being dropped and damaged when this is used. The material used is cheap plastic and looks dreadful. All in all I would avoid this cover and buy an alternative model.


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