- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robert W. Teel, PhD (Loma Linda University)
Description: This book consists of clinical cases organized according to organ systems followed by questions and problems that draw from the student an understanding of important physiological concepts. Questions and problems are followed by explanations that often include drawings, graphs, and flow diagrams for conciseness and clarification of concepts. As organized, this book can complement any physiology textbook or course syllabus.
Purpose: The purpose is to complement lectures, course syllabi, and textbooks of physiology with the study of clinical cases. The questions and problems emphasize elements of physiology and pathophysiology that should enrich the understanding of the relevance of physiology to the practice of medicine. The author's objectives for the book are appropriate and well met. The book can be helpful not only in understanding medical physiology but also in preparation for USMLE part I.
Audience: The book is written for first and second year medical students who are studying physiology. Background information helpful to first year students is provided. This is designed to be a working book, as the author states, to challenge its users to a better understanding of physiological concepts. The author does not have the stature of authors of major medical physiology texts such as Guyton, Berne, and Levy, but is a credible writer of books that concisely organize physiological concepts into a form that is student friendly. The author's contributions are geared more toward helping students understand the important physiological concepts to pass USMLE part I rather than presenting a detailed, authoritative textbook for a resident or specialist.
Features: By design the book has limited coverage but manages through clinical cases, related questions, and problems to cover the major organ systems. The book meets rather well the specific goals for which it is written and provides a user friendly framework for achieving those goals. The simplified drawings, use of boldface print, key points lists, and straightforward style are examples of the user friendly format. The abbreviations and normal clinical blood values listed inside the front and back covers are useful and appropriately placed. The book will serve a useful place in the education of medical students, not only in preparing them for USMLE part I but also in helping them understand the relevance of physiology to clinical practice.
Assessment: There are a number of study guides that purport to aid the medical student prepare for the USMLE step I exam, such as Physiology: PreTest Self-Assessment and Review by Ryan and Tuma (McGraw-Hill, 1999); Case Studies in Physiology by Berne and Levy (Mosby, 1994). This book is better organized to facilitate learning through the use of drawings, graphs, and flow diagrams. It is a useful supplement to medical physiology texts and might be even more useful if page references were made to these texts so that students could readily find more detailed information.