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Good book. Should be ideal for the vast majority of medical students.
on 4 October 2012
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As a final year medical student I feel comfortable saying that the detail contained in this basic pathology book will more than suffice for the VAST majority of conditions I have had to know about. It contains the most important information from Robbins Pathology and 'condenses' it into 900 pages. There will be students who are very interested in Pathology or students doing self-selected components in Pathology that may want more detailed information on certain topics, but for all the rest, this is a perfectly good book. It is in fact one of a number of perfectly good pathology books out there. One potential drawback for UK readers is that it is written by US-based authors, with the terminology and unit differences this entails.
A small (petty I hear you say?!) complaint is that the pages are thinner than usual and just transparent enough to allow some text to come through and distract you when trying to take in diagrams. Not what you need at the end of a long day.
Like the majority of recent Elsevier medical textbooks, it is incredibly visually aesthetic and the information is broken into digestible chunks. There are plenty of summary boxes at the end of each section to ensure the take home message is not lost and the diagrams are, by-and-large, clear and memorable.
Overall, it is a good choice for Medical students who are happy with a sound grasp of the fundamentals of Pathology. Students doing an entire degree in (or intercalating in) Pathology may find it lacking.