Deja Review Histology & Medical Cell Biology

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Accelerated answers for the histology and medical cell biology course exams and the USMLE Step 1—written by students, for students

Deja Review: Histology & Medical Cell Biology boils down your course work to just the critical concepts. Drawn from the perspectives of top students fresh from their course exams and the USMLE Step 1, this unbeatable guide features a quick-read Q&A format—one that helps you efficiently plow through a large amount of pertinent information. It also allows you to zero in on only correct answers to promote memory retention and optimize your study time.


  • Written by top medical students who just aced the USMLE Step 1
  • All-inclusive yet concise coverage of histology and medical cell biology
  • Study-enhancing tips, mnemmonics, and insider advice
  • Clinical vignettes chapter preps you for cases you'll see on the exam

"If you want a succinct, high-yield text for Histology and Cell Biology, this is the one!"—Patrick Burnside, MS, ECU/Brody School of Medicine

"A great concise review for the major Histology and Cell Biology topics covered in medical school."—Amy R. Riley, M4, Wayne State University School of Medicine

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Ronald P. Jensh, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Thomas Jefferson University)
Description: This book, specifically intended as a review for Step I of the USMLE, is divided into three sections: histology, cell biology, and clinical vignettes. It is structured in a question and answer format with some black-and-white drawings as illustrations.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist students in their preparation for Step I of the USMLE. As such, it is limited in its scope, as is acknowledged by the authors.
Audience: Second year medical students preparing for the exam are the intended audience.
Features: The histology section covers the traditional major topics, although their order is curiously different from standard textbooks. No topic area is covered in depth and the degree of specificity varies among chapters. The cell biology section goes into greater depth than the histology section, given the comparative volume of the subject matter. The clinical vignettes follow the current trend in presentation on the USMLE. All material is presented in a question and answer format in two columns that is often helpful to students in their review process. The black-and-white drawings are helpful, although in general, they are of limited value given the objectives of this book. There are no great weaknesses to the book, as long as the reader fully understands its limited objective — exam preparation. Any other use of the book would be inappropriate and certainly inadequate.
Assessment: There are other similar review books currently available, although their formats differ somewhat from this one. A more standard approach that includes black-and-white photographs and text in outline form with questions at the end of chapters is USMLE Road Map: Histology, by Sheedlo (McGraw-Hill, 2005). Another one, Anatomy, Histology & Cell Biology: PreTest Self-Assessment & Review, 2nd edition, Klein and Enders (McGraw-Hill, 2005), presents a series of questions at the start of each chapter, followed by the answers. Deja Review is unique in its layout, and that should be considered one of its strengths.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071470490
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 10/18/2006
  • Series: Deja Review Series
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 0.65 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ricky Darnell Grisson is a medical student at Harvard University School of Medicine. Jae Song is a medical student at New York University School of Medicine.

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Table of Contents

Section I. Histology1. Connective Tissue2. Cartilage and Bones3. Blood and Hematopoiesis4. Muscle 5. Nervous Tissue6. Circulatory and Lymphatic System7. Respiratory system8. Endocrine9. Skin and glands10. Gastrointestinal11. Hepatobiliary system12. Urinary system13. Female Reproductive System14. Male Reproductive System15. Special SensesSection II. Medical Cell Biology16. Cell Membrane 17. The Cell Nucleus 18. Genes to Protein 19. Molecular Biology Technology 20. Organelles 21. Vesicle Traffic 22. Cell Cycle Division 23. Extracellular Matrix 24. Cell Receptors and Signaling Pathways 25. Clinical Vignettes

Ricky Darnell Grisson is a medical student at Harvard University School of Medicine. Jae Song is a medical student at New York University School of Medicine.

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