Top positive review
Essential for osces and general knowledge
on 7 January 2014
I bought this book for 5th year at med school because a friend had it and I thought it sounded useful. It was definitely a good investment and I wish I'd bought it earlier during med school. It is excellent for history taking by taking you through some of the common histories including chest pain, breathlessness and a psychiatric history. It also lists some of the differentials at the end of the history and common symptoms of these. The book also gives you a proforma on how to do examinations including the basic systems, but also hip and knee etc, but it tells you useful facts within these and explains heart murmurs and different aspects of the examinations, along with special tests. I learnt facts I never knew before. There are also a procedures section, and a communications section ie explaining drugs for post M.I.
I also bought the similar book for specialties which repeats some of what is in this book, although also goes through alot of repro histories and communication stations, some were useful i.e explaining the MMR vaccine and some of the O and G procedures, but I would say this 1st book is by all means the best. I still go back to it now I'm an F1, and it definitely got me through finals.