Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is a book of cases for those preparing for a number of qualifying tests such as PACES, the Arab Board, and other national board examinations.
Purpose: The purpose is to present cases in a format similar to what test candidates might encounter on the examinations. The book uses a question-and-answer format, but it presents explicit answers rather than making students think through the question.
Audience: The audience is primarily those preparing for the various qualifying examinations.
Features: The book is divided into the traditional organ systems and each section has a number of specific diagnoses that a candidate might be asked about during the examination process. Each diagnosis chapter highlights common pitfalls, and walks candidates through how an examiner might ask questions, followed by bulleted answers to the questions. The photographs are well presented and diagnostic. There are further reading recommendations, which are adequate for this type of book.
Assessment: This book is very direct, mostly in bullet format, presenting just the facts without detailed explanations. As a preparation aid for examinations, it is excellent.