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From The CriticsReviewer: Adrianne N Haggins, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This is a concisely written yet comprehensive review of clinical cases frequently seen in emergency medicine. It highlights often tested clinical pearls and incorporates related basic physiology concepts. Although organized primarily in a question and answer format, it also includes clinical vignettes, charts, and mnemonics.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to provide medical students with an efficient way to review the critical concepts frequently tested on the emergency medicine clerkship exam and USMLE Step 2. It provides a thorough review in a concise format that is easily digestible in a short amount of time.
Audience: According to the author, this review is intended for medical students in a emergency medicine clerkship or preparing for the emergency medicine related concepts on the USMLE Step 2. This is most appropriate for medical students, as it provides just enough information to link key terms with concepts to insure rapid recall during an exam. The author is a resident physician in emergency medicine and he collaborated with students who recently excelled at Step 2.
Features: The book is organized based on biological systems and specialties, i.e., gastrointestinal, neurological, endocrine, obstetrics/gynecology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, etc. It even manages to incorporate some historical aspects of emergency medicine related to EMS development. The book is entirely black and white, with some charts, but it lacks images, illustrations, and diagrams. The index reflects the broad range of topics, and it is detailed enough to find topics easily.
Assessment: This book meets its objectives, providing medical students with a quick read that broadly covers an array of key topics in emergency medicine. It emphasizes key concepts solely and provides limited rationale for clinical management, therefore it is ideal for students who have used another book for thorough study, and just need a quick refresher just prior to the exam.