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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 one of the top books produced by a medical school faculty for their students entering the clerkship years. It is written in a Socratic question format with an extensive array of clinical cases.
Purpose: This guide presents a basic knowledge set that all clerkship students should understand. As the expanse of knowledge in internal medicine is rapidly growing, this book defines the bare minimum for those attempting to get this territory under control. The authors have done a phenomenal job of defining what must be known versus what can be considered fine-tuning.
Audience: Clearly, the main audience includes third and fourth year clerkship medical students, but the book has a much broader reach, as it is a superb quick reference for residents and attending physicians. The authors are mostly faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Features: The book begins with an introduction to the medicine clerkship that includes basic, but absolutely necessary information, followed by an approach to practical skills. The clinical information starts with a section based upon symptoms, signs, and abnormal labs, followed by a traditional organ-system review. The question and answer format makes this a very readable book. The tables, key points, and case studies are concise and informative. There are no traditional references, which is appropriate, but there are additional reading suggestions and websites for additional study.
Assessment: This is one of the best clerkship reviews available based upon the format, comprehensiveness, and referral to additional resources. It is a most worthy publication for any library and specifically for students who are looking for a great overview with practical points.