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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bruce E. Johnson, MD (University of Kansas School of Medicine)
Description: Acknowledging that multiple-choice questions (MCQs) are a fact of life, this book consists entirely of true/false questions in 10 specialty areas of internal medicine.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a series of questions on medical topics, such as might be encountered in multiple-choice test questions.
Audience: The book seems directed toward students and registrars (residents) in British medical training settings. The questions are written on a resident knowledge base level. It is unlikely the book would hold much interest or value for the American practitioner.
Features: There are no illustrations or pictures, no references, and no index.
Assessment: In Britain, multiple choice questions (MCQs) are still relatively new. In years past, testing was done largely by essay and interview. This book probably fills a need for trainees in that setting. In the U.S., experience with MCQs is much more pervasive, hence the need for practice is diminished. In addition, the format of these questions (short statement followed by five true/false statements) is not common in the U.S. Although the information presented is good, this is an awkward way to learn and any novelty, for American readers, would soon wear off.