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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.