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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Rebecca T. Horvat, PhD, D (ABMM)(University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This review for medical microbiology uses clinical cases organized by organ system. This unique style enriches the opportunity for students to integrate basic science principles with clinical practice.
Purpose: The book is intended specifically as a review for medical student board examinations. The organization of the book is based on the infections found in different organ systems. This is a very useful way of learning how to think about a clinical presentation.
Audience: Although written specifically for medical students, this book could also be used during clinical rotations for review and integration of clinical decision making. The authors have brought their wealth of experience in teaching medical students to the book.
Features: The 91 clinical cases are presented as unknowns with triggers of information that lead the student to the correct answer. Each case has a differential diagnosis list that includes a rationale to guide the student regarding the basis of the list. This is followed by a brief 1- to 2-page description of the causative agent. The book is organized in a systems-based fashion. Each section is preceded by a few pages of review that describes ways in which infectious agents affect the specific organ system. This provides a platform for the student to use as they progress through the clinical cases. Each case includes good quality pictures of the clinical presentation as well as the infecting organisms. The pictures enhance the cases, thus enhancing the learning opportunities.
Assessment: This is a good review book and for the price, it is also a good value. The cases range from commonly seen diseases to unusual infections. The best features of this book are the figures. They enhance the cases and provide a visual cue that can be carried into the clinical years.