on 10 January 2006
There are many part 1 books on the market. They all fit in with the latest trend; give a short clinical scenario and then a best of five.
However, this book differs fundamentaly from the others available in that it is the only one which makes the reader have to weigh up the info and reach a reasoned conclusion. Many other books just give you a clinical blurb and then ask a question totally unrelated to the scenario. Try any pastest book to see this phenomenon.
The real MRCP part 1 has become more like the part 2 without pictures and requires the candidate to use every last bit of info. Rather like an episode of neighbours, nothing happens without a reason.
Indeed many of the questions in this book are lifted straight from the only authorized release from the college i.e. the May 2002 paper available from their website.
The effect of copying a few questions is positive- the rest of the questions are tailored to the actual exam format. MRCP examiners spend a great deal of thought honing questions.
In summary if you want to practice for the real exam then this is the only book (Plus the college publications!)
The other books are useful as a means of revision but for the most part don't reflect the real exam.
on 31 December 2004
I have used just about all the part one books on the market over the last 2 years. This new book is definately the best. The questions are very similar to the exam and the answers are incredibly thorough.The strength of the book is in the explanations, especially when several answers seem correct. It explains why each answer could be feasable and then why the answer in particular is the best of those available. It contains lots of useful lists and covers some of the tricky subjects (such as porphyria) in an easy to remember way. I have only just started to use this book but expect it will become THE essential part one book.
on 28 July 2011
Although it can't take the place of a more complete text like Kalra or compete with the larger question bank available to OnExamination, it is integral to revision if even just to hone the mind to sift through all the details and pick up clues to the answer. The explanations are concise and informative. This is for those moments when you don't want to read a textbook and you're sick of sitting in front of a screen mindlessly skimming questions and hitting next continuously.
on 10 February 2005
An excellent book, one of the best medical books I have ever read. It has given me the opportunity to reflect about very important aspects of different diseases not only highlighting the common features of different pathologies but,at the same time, emphasizing the slight differentation we could find in them.
I have been using this book for my preparation for MRCP part I and I am sure that I will achieve very good results with it.
For this reasons, I strongly advice "Best of Five" not only to doctors who are studying for their exams but also to any doctor who really wants to reason when being in contact with patients.
on 29 January 2006
I have enjoyed reading this book so much. the detailed explanations are not only very helpful for the exam purpose, but also for the real life practise. I have worked with Dr Dalton since I was medical student, he is an Excellent teacher and I was not surprised to see his book very helpful. i would highly recommend it to every doctor doing the MRCP exam, and It should difenetely be on their revision list
on 5 April 2007
number one - if you want to learn Gastro work under harry dalton - he will squeeze you and push you to the edge but in the end you learn quite a lot
number two - he was kind enough to autograph this book for me while i was his gastro SHO in his porta cabin so i hope i pass it , i might not get the answers right the first time but with enough explanation i might be able to in the exam this may..:)
I DID A POST TAKE WITH HIM THE OTHER WEEK END AND HE WAS BLAZING FAST..YEE HAAAAA..:)