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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Charles E. Edmiston, Jr., PhD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This book is a highly descriptive collection of 109 clinical scenarios involving the presentation, laboratory findings, treatment, and management of a broad variety of bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic disease processes.
Purpose: It was written by recent medical school graduates/residents as a concise, adjunctive study aid for the Step 1 and Step 2 USMLE.
Audience: Although intended primarily for medical students preparing to take the Step 1 and Step 2, other healthcare professionals (microbiologists, nurses, medical technologists, etc.) interested in a broad overview of infectious disease would find this book helpful.
Features: Each scenario is broken down into eight separate components (history and physical, laboratory presentation, imaging (if applicable), pathology, treatment, etc.) followed by a brief, one- or two-sentence comment relating to the importance of the specific disease process.
Assessment: This is an extremely interesting effort to present a brief overview of the presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of a myriad of infectious disease processes. It is not intended to be a primary resource, but rather an aid in preparation for the USMLE. The unique aspect of this text is that it is written by individuals who themselves have recently taken the USMLE and therefore have a rather focused perspective on the examination. However, the authors, although licensed practitioners, have themselves limited experience in the treatment of many of the infectious disease processes that they describe in their text. Regardless of this shortcoming, the text would still be a valuable resource for those preparing for the Step 1 and Step 2 USMLE.