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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Snjezana Dotlic, M.D.(University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This review book of pathology accompanies the sixth editions of Cotran et al.'s Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease (W.B. Saunders, 1998) and Kumar et al.'s Basic Pathology (W.B. Saunders, 1997). The material is presented in the form of multiple choice questions and answers with explanations. The book contains more than 1,000 questions and numerous gross and microphotographs of excellent quality.
Purpose: The authors state in the preface that the purpose of the book is to help students prepare for their examinations, and they also recommend it for use during pathology courses. These objectives are met successfully, since the book is a rare source of considerably difficult questions that remarkably resemble ones all of the students taking the USMLE will encounter.
Audience: The book is written for medical students as well as for those in the allied health professions. It provides an excellent, clinically-oriented review of general and systemic pathology and would be helpful for both students preparing to take the National Boards exam and for teachers trying to emphasize clinicopathologic correlations in order to improve students' understanding of the pathologic processes.
Features: The questions in this book are an extremely useful supplement to any source book of pathology. The fact that every question is accompanied by an answer and referenced to the relevant pages in the textbooks helps the student review and synthesize a huge amount of data in the most efficient way. The book is unique for its clinically-oriented approach to pathology, which is absolutely critical in successful preparation for the USMLE. Excellent photographs in each chapter, taken from the textbooks, followed by various laboratory, radiologic, and physical findings, contribute greatly to learning how to analyze and interpret morphological changes of important pathological processes.
Assessment: This book compares favorably with other currently available question-and-answer books in pathology (e.g., Jones's Review Questions for Human Pathology (Parthenon Publishing, 1999); Damjanov and Rubin's Review of Pathology (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 1999); Brown's Pathology Pretest Self-Assessment and Review (McGraw-Hill, 2002)). Many students will use these books interchangeably for studying pathology during the school year, but the questions in Klatt and Kumar's book are more complex and more clinically-oriented than in the aforementioned books. Since the USMLE 1 examination is based on clinically-oriented, complex questions, this book would be my first choice for students preparing to take this examination.