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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jessica L. Small, DO (Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine)
Description: This is the third edition of a concise but complete review of the pathophysiology, clinical diagnosis, and treatment of a wide variety of conditions commonly encountered in the practice of medicine and on exams taken by medical students.
Purpose: The authors, both practicing physicians, highlight key medical concepts with an appropriate amount of detail to improve the efficiency of reviewing material for those on their medicine clerkship. They provide ample practice questions for self-assessment.
Audience: It is intended for medical students who are preparing for medicine shelf exams or the USMLE step 2, and for those who are simply looking for a complete review of high-yield medicine topics.
Features: The book discusses the characteristics, clinical features, diagnosis, treatment, and general guidelines for making management decisions for a broad variety of tested pathology and diseases commonly encountered in the clinical setting. Organized using a systems-based approach, the book allows readers to focus on the diseases and pathophysiology specific to each organ system. It also incorporates major clinical trials, providing evidence-based medicine to inform readers in their clinical decision making. Full-color pictures and clinical images are used throughout the book, which ends with two types of self-assessment — over 100 patient management questions that improve the ability to think like a clinician and online access to 300 USMLE-style practice questions.
Assessment: This book achieves its purpose, highlighting key medical concepts with an appropriate amount of detail and providing an efficient way to review medicine topics. It also provides patient management questions and USMLE-style questions with answers to assist self-assessment. Features new to the third edition include full-color pages with an updated page design, full-color clinical images to supplement topics, and new information on evidence-based medicine. These changes make the book more memorable and enjoyable. I highly recommend it for those looking for a complete review of internal medicine for clinical clerkships or shelf and board exam preparation, as well as for those who simply want a concise summary of information studied during clinical years of medical school.