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Designed for medical students preparing for USMLE Step 1, FLEX, and course exams. Designed to help you recall and review important information. The content immediately focuses on Board-tested material and drastically reduces the time you spend reviewing.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: William Miles, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This softcover book offers a review of the behavioral sciences for all three steps of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).
Purpose: The purpose is to help medical students recall information they have learned in the first two years of medical school in behavioral science, psychiatry, epidemiology, and related courses. These are certainly worthy objectives, since this is a rapidly evolving field. Therefore, this new edition is welcomed.
Audience: The book is specifically targeted to medical students studying for the USMLE and is written at a level appropriate for them.
Features: The book contains nine sections divided into 26 chapters. Each chapter begins with a "Typical Board Question," designed to serve as an example of the way that particular chapter subject matter might be tested on the USMLE. There are a total of 566 USMLE-style questions, covering practically every aspect of behavioral science and psychiatry. Detailed explanations of the answers are provided at the end of each chapter. There are numerous tables scattered throughout to help the student grasp certain concepts. No references are provided. A detailed index is found at the back.
Assessment: "There are numerous review books available for the USMLE. The Board Review Series has always been one of the best, and this new edition solidifies that fact. This fourth edition contains approximately 20 percent more questions than the previous edition. The questions are up-to-date and written in the USMLE style in order to prepare the student for this type of question. This book would certainly prepare medical students for the behavioral science portions of the USMLE. "
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Reviewer: Valerie E Mathis-Allen, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: This book succinctly reviews the first two years of medical school in behavioral science, psychiatry, epidemiology, and related courses study guide for students preparing to take the USMLE. The previous edition was published in 2009.
Purpose: It is intended as a learning tool for quick recall for students studying for the USMLE.
Audience: Although written for students studying for the USMLE, the book is also useful for medical students, residents, or practitioners interested in a concise review of behavioral science, psychiatry, and epidemiology.
Features: The book covers the most current information in psychiatry in 26 chapters, but the best part is the collection of 700 USMLE-style clinical vignette questions with detailed explanations. The unique structural element is a "Typical Board Question" that begins each chapter with a clinical vignette providing an example of how the subject is tested. Each chapter ends with USMLE-style questions and answers with detailed explanations. Particularly well done is the chapter on biological therapies. Readers also may access an online resource for additional text, images, and an interactive question bank.
Assessment: This is a high quality book that will be very useful to students taking the USMLE, as well as to medical staff as a review.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780683306811
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Series: Board Review Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 312

Table of Contents

  1. The Beginning of Life: Pregnancy Through Preschool . . . 1
  2. School Age, Adolescence, Special Issues of Development, and Adulthood . . . 12
  3. Aging, Death, and Bereavement . . . 21
  4. Genetics, Anatomy, and Biochemistry of Behavior . . . 29
  5. Biological Assessment of Patients with Psychiatric Symptoms . . . 40
  6. Psychoanalytic Theory . . . 47
  7. Learning Theory . . . 55
  8. Clinical Assessment of Intelligence, Personality, and Achievement . . . 64
  9. Substance Abuse . . . 73
  10. Normal Sleep and Sleep Disorders . . . 86
  11. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders . . . 98
  12. Mood Disorders . . . 108
  13. Anxiety, Somatoform and Factitious Disorders, and Malingering . . . 119
  14. Other Psychiatric Disorders . . . 130
  15. Psychiatric Disorders in Children . . . 142
  16. Biologic Therapies: Psychopharmacology and Electroconvulsive Therapy . . . 149
  17. Psychological Therapies . . . 162
  18. The Family, Culture, and Illness . . . 170
  19. Sexuality . . . 179
  20. Aggression and Abuse . . . 192
  21. The Physician-Patient Relationship . . . 202
  22. Psychosomatic Medicine . . . 213
  23. Legal and Ethical Issues in Medicine . . . 219
  24. Health Care in the United States . . . 233
  25. Epidemiology . . . 244
  26. Statistical Analyses . . . 256

    Comprehensive Examination . . . 264
    Index . . . 287

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