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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a USMLE preparation book last published in 2007.
Purpose: The purpose is to help medical students study and prepare for the USMLE board examinations by presenting typical case studies they might encounter on the examination.
Audience: There is somewhat of a limited audience for this type of book, i.e. those studying for the examination, but there is value for other students, nursing or ancillary technologists, to help them understand the bigger picture of patient care.
Features: The book begins by outlining an approach to patient care and problem-solving followed by 60 case studies. Each case has a short presentation with basic questions — what is the likely diagnosis and what is the next step? The authors then outline an approach to the diagnosis, specific questions and answers regarding key facts of the pathology, clinical pearls, and references.
Assessment: While one of many similar books on USMLE preparation, this is a good study aid for those preparing for the examination. It provides a complete discussion without getting too deep into the minutiae.