This book is not intended to be a textbook in the traditional sense, but rather a quick reference and helpful overview for the top diseases that are tested on the USMLE Step 3. Since this book was initially created by former students who passed the USMLE, it has many features that students are looking for: No diagnoses are listed in the table of contents! This might bother you at first, but remember, you are not going to get that on the exam either! There are over 200 unique, "real-life" cases for you to test yourself. And there is more than just one case for one specific illness. Furthermore, this book is not intended to be an exam-simulation! This book was designed to get you thinking in the way you will be tested.
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The book is concise, well-written, and offers practically no way for readers to cheat. The table of contents has chief complaints listed, and diagnoses are listed in the back in an index. Although the book is not an exam simulation, it gears the readers to think in exam-mode. In addition to providing a thorough chief complaint, HPI, physical examination, lab values and further tests/consults are listed. Treatments and counseling options are also very thorough. Perhaps the best feature, however, is the withholding of diagnoses until the end of the case. Diagnoses are listed on a separate page altogether, so the reader s eyes do not accidentally slip and read the answer. Paetzel & Talanow also include USMLE laboratory values in the back of the book, as well as a comprehensive list of common diagnostic work-up tests. It helps to have these things all in one book. This is possibly the most complete survey of popular diseases tested on in the USMLE Step 3 CCS. Paetzel & Talanow have undoubtedly spent time and effort into creating a book that speaks to the student. Keeping track of a continually changing field is not an easy task. Decisions about whether to add or delete cases are based on years of familiarity with medicine and the ability to discern the important from the unimportant, but the authors have covered these obstacles well. Paetzel & Talanow have interviewed numerous physicians, from many fields to gain understanding of which cases are genuine. This book is not meant to replace time-honored textbooks, but rather to give a new twist on learning cases, in a real, clinical setting. Other features are worth noting: Most importantly are the cases themselves oftentimes, there is more than one case to one diagnosis. The authors were aware that some illnesses present differently for different people. Non-glare paper to reduce eye-strain, small format, and high-print quality has shown again that this book was made for students who use books not just as a --Katrin Kowalski, USMLESolution.com
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Book Description EduRad Publishing, 2007. Spiral-bound. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1424340101