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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is a book and PDA presentation of case histories and practical advice on how to approach the symptoms which cause a patient to seek medical care. It is a companion to another book by these authors, Kumar & Clark Clinical Medicine, 6th edition (Elsevier, 2005). Although this is a second edition, the updates are difficult to identify.
Purpose: The intent is to provide students and doctors in training a quick reference to the basic discussions of common medical problems. It provides a nice, useful presentation with a reasonable discussion of the anatomy and physiology involved.
Audience: This publication is well suited for students and doctors in training. The editors are well known educators who bring a significant amount of experience to the task.
Features: The print version is a nice presentation in a small format that is easy to transport in a coat pocket. There are easy to understand graphics, figures, and tables, as well as self-assessment questions. The book nicely balances the discussion in a presentation and question format. However, the PDA version is very poorly supported by the Mobipocket software. I spent numerous hours over a three-week period attempting to activate the software after installing it. I made many attempts to work my way through the Mobipocket web site, concluding that there simply was no way to contact technical support. Despite being a previous customer and having a Mobipocket account, I was never able to activate the software and review the PDA format.
Assessment: This is a nice version of a clinical questions book, which are abundant in the market. Its excellent graphics give it a slight advantage over most of the others. The Mobipocket software is a disappointment and the difficulties activating the software make me wary of the value of purchasing this version.