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From The CriticsReviewer: Bruce E Jarrell, MD (University of Maryland School of Medicine)
Description: This is the 10th edition of a book that is designed to present the student with USMLE type questions for student review.
Purpose: The purpose is to allow the student to prepare for USMLE type exams either for the boards or for the surgery clerkship.
Audience: It is clearly aimed at medical students.
Features: There are 500 USMLE type questions in this book. The majority of the questions are single, multiple-choice questions. There are occasional clinical vignettes where there is a short description of a situation which is then followed by several multiple-choice questions that pertain to the clinical vignette. Scattered throughout the book are images, EKGs and tables to be used in the question or answer. At the end of each section, there are detailed answers with reference to standard surgical textbooks. In addition to covering the essentials of general surgery, there are questions on pre- and postoperative care, critical care, skin and soft tissue diseases, shock and trauma, transplantation, endocrine, breast, GI, cardiothoracic problems and peripheral vascular disease. In addition, questions on the subspecialty areas of urology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, and otolaryngology are included.
Assessment: The questions and answers vary in terms of the level of the difficulty. The clinical vignettes clearly add to the test-taking experience that the student has in terms of difficulty. The descriptions of the answers are detailed enough to allow the student to develop a broad knowledge of the area. The questions appear to be well structured and certainly suitable for the USMLE exam. This is a very good test study guide and would be useful for studying for Step 2 of the USMLE exams.