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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the first edition of a self-learning workbook based on the Royal College of Physicians core curriculum for senior house officers in general internal medicine.
Purpose: Employed is the service-based learning method which combines clinical experience with brief written learning materials followed by self-assessment questions and follow-up reading. This workbook is a source of the brief learning materials and self-assessment questions to reinforce fundamental concepts.
Audience: House officers on medical services and senior medical students are an appropriate audience for this work. Contributors and editors represent senior physicians practicing in the U.K.
Features: Seventeen chapters are included in this softbound workbook. Content is organized by organ system. Topic coverage is divided into two parts. In the first part review questions are provided. Answers for these questions are presented at the end of the workbook. Questions are presented in true/false and short answer format. Answers are provided as single words or sentences with at most short paragraphs. There are no references, illustrations, line drawings, or other specific visual aids provided. A feature on the front pages show breakdown of content into specific medical problems within each organ system. There is no concluding index.
Assessment: This book is insightful in that contributors organize clinical experience of the housestaff and structure this component of education to contribute to preparation of the physician. The absence of references and poor use of space reduce the usefulness of this workbook as a reference for anything except board examinations. In my opinion, the inclusion of some primary and secondary references along with an enhanced illustration package could increase the value of this work.