on 11 March 2013
Basic science and approach to patient section: Clearly laid out with physiology and pathology and even immunology, which is quite essential in respi because of conditions like Asthma and EAA. There's even a table on antibiotics displaying the spectrum of each antibiotic and the organisms susceptible to it. For the examination section, there was a useful summary table on the different findings in each condition which would be good for revision purposes.
Cases: Some of the cases seem quite long. Each case is on average 6-8 pages. But most of the space is taken up by pages. Asthma and COPD are very well covered. There are even pictures of the different types of inhalers and ventilatory equipment. Not drawn diagrams, but actual clear pictures. There's even a case on the different types of hypersensitivity reactions, comparing asthma, rhinitis and EAA. After reading that, I suddenly understood all 3 conditions much better. The summary tables are amazing. Quick and easy reference. Despite being published 4 years ago, the cases are treatment options are still very relevant. Full of diagrams to explain the disease process.
Overall, I think it gives the reader a clear introduction to respiratory medicine. After reading davidson's, I felt rather confused about all the different signs and diseases. But these cases lay it out very clearly and even cover pathophysiology. Unlike the cardiology CCU, it's not so complicated to the point where it makes you lose interest, neither do you need to read through a textbook before starting on this (again, unlike the cardiology CCU which completely confused me because I didn't read the textbook before hand). It's one of the better CCUs, Almost on par with the hepatology one.
on 10 February 2016
I received this title whilst a medical student to review for the publisher and complete this review now as a junior doctor.
I would personally strongly recommend nearly all of the titles in the Clinical Cases Uncovered series to medical students as a useful read and for junior doctors if you are wishing to swat up on an area they are useful as well. This title on respiratory medicine follows the common structure of much of the CCU series with the basic clinical sciences that you need to be conversant with covered in the first section of the title and then each of the respiratory complaints and the different diabetes types/complications covered in their own chapters at a level that is quick and easy for you to read through. There are many useful diagrams included along with appropriate inclusion of radiological imaging, if a new edition were to be released I would love to see the title accompanied by a website where you could view the x-rays etc at a larger size in order to aid students and junior doctors in their interpretation as the size in the title isn’t practical for this purpose.
The main disadvantage with this title as with some of the others in this series is that it is now 8 years old and as such there have been developments within the management of some of the respiratory conditions discussed.
In conclusion this is a useful title with the limitation of age for the student/junior doctor to revise the essential respiratory medicine cases you should be conversant with.
Competing Interests: Junior Doctor Book Reviewer - I received this title for free from the publisher whilst a Medical Student in order to review
on 13 February 2009
The Clinical Cases Uncovered series is quite a unique new format from Blackwell.
The first section offers a basic science overview that is slanted towards clinical diseases, so for example discusses mechanisms of hypersensitivity which is obviously of relevance to asthma.
There is then a section on approach to the patient which includes examination and, usefully, investigations (eg detailed coverage of lung function tests).
The main body of the book though is composed of case studies. In the Respiratory CCU there are 29 cases which take up 190 pages. These provide an excellent way to make sure you get some exposure to the range of clinical disease in a speciality that you might miss out on placement (eg seeing only the really complicated stuff in a tertiary centre, or just the bread-and-butter stuff in a small regional hospital). There is an initial presenting feature (eg chest tightness and wheeze in 19-year-old male to his GP) which opens a discussion on history and examination. This then moves onto investigations (eg home peak flow) with a further update from the clinical scenario (eg diurnal variation in peak flow with morning dipping). The discussion then moves into management and complications etc, ending with a case summary and key points.
I find that clinical placements can be variable in terms of what cases you see and a book such as this provides a valuable way to back up your real clinical experience with written cases.
Finally there is a section on self-assessment - MCQs, EMQs and SAQs. These are excellent and help prepare for exams pretty well.
Overall this is an excellent format for complementing clinical experience and would be great to prepare for exams with.