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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel B. Hier, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a collection of 50 neurological vignettes designed to help 4th year medical students prepare for the USMLE.
Purpose: This book seeks to help students prepare for neurological vignettes on the Part 2 of the USMLE.
Audience: The audience is primarily 4th year medical students preparing for the USMLE.
Features: Each of the 50 vignettes is a "protocase" designed to illustrate prototypical features of cases, but not any one individual case. For each case there is a line or two about history, examination, imaging, physical examination, pathogenesis, epidemiology, management, and complications. Relevant neuroimages are provided for appropriate cases. Cases are organized alphabetically from ALS through Myasthenia Gravis to Trigeminal Neuralgia. Each case is 1-2 pages long.
Assessment: This is an easy book to read. The vignettes are clear and instructive. They are below the level of a neurology resident or practicing neurologist and will be of primary value to a 4th year medical student. No references are needed and none are provided. There is no index. The book is designed to be used as a study guide. It should take 2-4 hours to complete the book. It could have been strengthened by the addition of a few pointed multiple choice questions, but this book is part of a "series" and each book follows the same format. Fourth year students wishing to prepare for the USMLE will find it useful.