This pocket revision guide will be a must for all medical students preparing for a major exam in clinical medicine or needing a rapid reminder during a clinical attachment.


Rapid Medicine is the first of a brand new series of short books, covering key facts in a simple and memorable fashion, using a mnemonic to aid recall. It covers over 200 common medical conditions that students will encounter on the wards, in clinics and in their ...

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This pocket revision guide will be a must for all medical students preparing for a major exam in clinical medicine or needing a rapid reminder during a clinical attachment.


Rapid Medicine is the first of a brand new series of short books, covering key facts in a simple and memorable fashion, using a mnemonic to aid recall. It covers over 200 common medical conditions that students will encounter on the wards, in clinics and in their exams. It acts as a rapid refresher, and is intended to be a concise no-nonsense book covering just the basic relevant facts. Arranged in A-Z format, each topic will be covered using the same headings - Definition, Aetiology, Associations/Risk Factors, Epidemiology, History, Examination, Pathology, Investigations, Management, Complications, Prognosis and Differential Diagnosis.



Rapid Medicine is authored by a team of students and junior doctors from Royal Free and University College Medical School, London. Professor Roy Pounder, Professor of Gastroenterology at the Royal Free, and Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians, is the Editorial Advisor and specialist consultants have reviewed all sections.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer:Patricia Wong, MD(Stanford University Medical Center)
Description:The contributors to this little pocket reference book are to be saluted for taking on what seems like an impossible task and doing a very good job. The major medical illnesses are organized by organ system and are accurately and succinctly summarized. The most pertinent facts are organized in the same order for all diseases: definition, risk factors, epidemiology, clinical presentation, symptoms, pathology, laboratory findings, treatment, complications, and prognosis. This is a first book in what is planned to be a series.
Purpose:The book is written by medical students and house officers and this is strongly reflected in the way the material is organized. One can refresh the memory quickly on important facts at 3 a.m. and make the necessary decisions to care for the patient without trying to read more formidable texts on the subject that one would not retain or absorb when sleep and food deprived anyway.
Audience:The audience is medical students and medical house officers.
Features:I liked how the authors boiled down the essential facts to the bare bones on physical exam, work-up, and clinical presentation. Each segment is represented by only a few sentences. Not an easy task with so much information to not include.
Assessment:This is a very handy pocket reference and is being offered at a bargain price of $30. I think it is a good study guide in presenting the important basics one must know in internal medicine.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118293638
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Series: Rapid , #18
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 472
  • File size: 977 KB

Meet the Author

Amir H. Sam: Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Hammersmith Hospital and Imperial College London 

James T. H. Teo: Charing Cross Hospital, London

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Table of Contents

Rapid Series mnemonic
Achalasia 1
Acne vulgaris 2
Acoustic neuroma 3
Acromegaly 4
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) 6
Adrenal insufficiency 8
Alcohol dependence 10
Alcoholic hepatitis 12
[alpha][subscript 1]-Antitrypsin deficiency 14
Alzheimer's disease 15
Amyloidosis 16
Anaemia, aplastic 18
Anaemia, haemolytic 20
Anaemia, macrocytic 22
Anaemia, microcytic 24
Anaphylaxis 26
Angina pectoris 28
Ankylosing spondylitis 30
Antiphospholipid syndrome 32
Aortic dissection 33
Aortic regurgitation 35
Aortic stenosis 37
Aspergillus lung disease 38
Aspirin overdose 40
Asthma 41
Atrial fibrillation 43
Bacterial overgrowth, small bowel 45
Basal cell carcinoma 47
Behcet's disease 48
Bell's palsy 49
Bronchiectasis 50
Budd-Chiari syndrome 52
Carcinoid syndrome 53
Cardiac arrest 55
Cardiac failure 57
Cardiomyopathy 59
Carpal tunnel syndrome 61
Cellulitis 62
Cervical spondylosis 63
Chronic obstructive airway disease (COPD or COAD) 64
Cirrhosis 66
CNS tumours 68
Coeliac disease 70
Colonic polyps 71
Colorectal carcinoma 72
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia 74
Crohn's disease 75
Cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis 77
Cushing's syndrome 79
Cystic fibrosis 81
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) 83
Diabetes insipidus 85
Diabetes mellitus Type I 87
Diabetes mellitus Type II 89
Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) 92
Diverticular disease 94
Eczema 95
Encephalitis 97
Epilepsy 98
Erythema multiforme 100
Erythema nodosum 102
Erythroderma 103
Essential thrombocythaemia 104
Extrinsic allergic alveolitis 105
Friedreich's ataxia 107
Gallstones 108
Gastric carcinoma 110
Gastroenteritis 112
Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) 114
Giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis) 116
Glaucoma 117
Glomerulonephritis 119
Gout 121
Guillain-Barre syndrome 123
Haemochromatosis 124
Haemolytic uraemic syndrome 125
Haemophilia 127
Heart block 128
Hepatitis, autoimmune 130
Hepatitis, viral: A and E 132
Hepatitis, viral: B and D 134
Hepatitis, viral: C 136
Hepatocellular carcinoma 138
Herpes simplex 140
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection 141
Huntington's disease 143
Hyperaldosteronism, primary 144
Hyperlipidaemia 145
Hyperparathyroidism 147
Hypertension 149
Hyperthyroidism 151
Hypogonadism, female 153
Hypogonadism, male 155
Hypopituitarism 157
Hypothyroidism 159
Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) 161
Infectious mononucleosis 162
Infective arthritis 164
Infective endocarditis 165
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) 167
Ischaemic colitis 168
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis 169
Klinefelter's syndrome 170
Leukaemia, acute lymphoblastic (ALL) 171
Leukaemia, acute myeloblastic (AML) 173
Leukaemia, chronic lymphocytic (CLL) 175
Leukaemia, chronic myeloid (CML) 177
Liver abscesses and cysts 178
Liver failure 179
Lung cancer, non-small cell 181
Lung cancer, small cell 183
Lyme disease 184
Lymphoma, Hodgkin's 185
Lymphoma, non-Hodgkin's 187
Malaria 189
Marfan's syndrome 191
Melanoma, malignant 192
Meniere's disease 194
Meningitis 195
Migraine 197
Mitral regurgitation 198
Mitral stenosis 200
Motor neurone disease 201
Multiple myeloma 203
Multiple scierosis (MS) 205
Muscular dystrophy 207
Myasthenia gravis 209
Myelodysplasia 211
Myelofibrosis 212
Myocardial infarction 213
Myocarditis 215
Myotonic dystrophy 216
Nephrotic syndrome 217
Neurofibromatosis 219
Non-ulcer dyspepsia 220
Obstructive sleep apnoea 221
Oesaphageal carcinoma 222
Osteoarthritis 224
Osteomalacia and rickets 226
Osteoporosis 228
Paget's disease of bone 230
Pancreatic cancer 231
Pancreatitis, acute 232
Pancreatitis, chronic 234
Paracetamol overdose 235
Parkinson's disease 236
Pemphigoid 238
Pemphigus 239
Peptic ulcer 240
Pericarditis 242
Phaeochromocytoma 243
Pneumoconiosis 244
Pneumonia 246
Pneumothorax 248
Poliomyelitis 249
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) 250
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) 251
Polycythaemia 252
Polymyositis and dermatomyositis 254
Porphyria 256
Primary biliary cirrhosis 258
Primary scierosing cholangitis 260
Pseudogout 261
Pseudomembranous colitis 262
Psoriasis 263
Pulmonary embolism 265
Pulmonary hypertension 267
Raynaud's phenomenon 268
Reactive arthritis (Reiter's syndrome) 269
Renal calculi 270
Renal failure, acute 272
Renal failure, chronic 274
Renal tubular acidosis 276
Retinal vein and artery occlusion 278
Rheumatic fever 280
Rheumatoid arthritis 282
Rosacea 284
Sarcoidosis 285
Sepsis/systemic inflammatory response 287
Sickle cell anaemia 289
Sjogren's syndrome 291
Squamous cell carcinoma 293
Stroke 294
Subarachnoid haemorrhage 296
Syndrome of inappropriate ADH (SIADH) 298
Syringomyelia 299
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) 300
Systemic sclerosis 302
Thalassaemias 304
Transient ischaemic attack (TIA) 306
Tricuspid regurgitation 307
Trigeminal neuralgia 308
Tuberculosis 309
Tuberous sclerosis 311
Turner's syndrome 312
Typhoid and paratyphoid fevers 313
Ulcerative colitis 314
Urinary tract infections 316
Uveitis, anterior 318
Varicella zoster 319
Vasculitides, primary 321
Von Willebrand's disease 323
Wilson's disease 324
Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome 325
Zollinger-Ellison syndrome 326
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