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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Snjezana Tomic, MD (University of Split)
Description: This is a pocket size booklet for medical students preparing for examinations. It is written by a professor of pathology who has several other student books to his credit.
Purpose: This is a teaching aid to be used in conjunction with other textbooks.
Audience: Medical students could use this booklet for guidance and reinforcement while studying pathology, or more likely for final examinations.
Features: General and systemic pathology are covered, as is laboratory medicine in a tabular form that was developed to provide answers to the same standard question repeated over and over: "What is the most common... ?" Brief explanations and review questions are also included.
Assessment: This is a book for students who like memorizing a lot of facts and those who enjoy making lists, a habit perpetuated by many standardized tests. The book contains a lot of details, and from my vantage point (outside of U.S.) I wonder whether these are always necessary, and whether many professors know the answers. But maybe this is the way to generate interest in pathology and help students pass the tests.