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From The CriticsReviewer: Willem J de Villiers, MD, PhD, MHCM (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This addition to the Oxford Case Histories series provides complex case-based learning in gastroenterology and hepatology for clinicians in specialist training and consultants, with a view to aiding preparation for entry and exit-level specialty examinations or revalidation.
Purpose: It is intended to be a useful resource for those preparing for exit examinations or revalidation, as well as MRCP (UK) or fellowship examinations. The case history format is well-suited for this purpose.
Audience: The book is aimed at postgraduate trainees and consultants, not undergraduate medical students. The cases, therefore, are appropriately complex and pitched at a subspecialty level. The authors are well seasoned and respected educators from the Oxford hospitals system.
Features: Based on the core curriculum for specialist trainees, the book features 50 well-structured, peer-reviewed cases from the Oxford hospitals, providing broad coverage of gastroenterology and hepatology, including diagnostic and management dilemmas. Each case comprises a brief clinical history and relevant examination findings, details of investigations followed by questions on differential diagnosis and management, and detailed answers and discussion. There are sufficient supporting images. The question-and-answer format helps readers' diagnostic ability and clinical understanding. A helpful feature is a listing of the cases by mode of presentation, etiology, and diagnosis at the end of the book. The book is best savored by dipping into and has an all-round pleasing British flavor to it. I especially enjoyed the no-nonsense approach to patients with inflammatory bowel disease, high-output stoma issues, and nutrition problems.
Assessment: This welcome addition to the series will certainly help GI trainees prepare for their examinations. The overall tone of the book is British and will likely not resonate as well with American GI fellows, but it provides solid broad coverage of the subspecialty.