Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Charles E. Edmiston, Jr., PhD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This text in microbiology and immunology is part of the Rypins Intensive Review series for medical students preparing to take the basic and clinical science portion of the USMLE.
Purpose: Although the broad field of microbiology and immunology is covered in a concise manner, this book is meant only as a secondary study aid, supplemental to a more formal textbook.
Audience: Medical students preparing to take the Step l and Step 2 portions of the USMLE are the primary targets. However, the information reviewed is also appropriate for a broad range of health care professionals such as nursing students, medical technologists in training, and undergraduates in microbiology.
Features: While the text has limited illustrations and figures, there are numerous tables and charts that are helpful to the review process. In addition, the author has included a question and answer section in the back where students can quiz each other on their fundamental knowledge of the subject.
Assessment: There are several microbiology and immunology review books available for the USMLE. This text represents one of the oldest and possibly one of the more successful efforts in this area. The Rypins Series is noted for its concise yet focused review of its subjects, and is generally updated on a frequent basis. The text would be an appropriate secondary study aid for medical students preparing to take the Step 1 and 2 portions of the USMLE.