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Specific MRCP 1 preparation books
As a reviwer on AMAZON writes
" This is a surprisingly good book for the MRCP I exams. It distills
the most relevant facts in an easy to read format. If you are preparing
for the MRCP I and you have little time (as most of us), you definitely
need this book.
Other books you may purchase:
1) Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment : The concise and time saving alternative for the Bible of Internal medicine (harrisions). If one reads a particular topic from this book, he /she would get a fair idea of the topic in a lesser amount of time spent. This book has fast emerged as an alternative for Harrisons / Davidsons for final year medical students.
Pitfalls: Symptomatology is not covered very well in this book, pathology and microbiology components are kept to a minumum. Lack of diagrams / illustrations make remembering a bit difficult. If one gets the hang of the book then it is easy.
Advantages : Updated yearly unlike all other commom medicine books, extensive index (unlike Davidsons).The text font size is larger than Harrisions. Specially recommended in this book : Endocrinology(superb) , Blood (short and sweet), HIV, latest therapy guidelines.
Recommendation: Use this book in conjunction with Davidsons for easy remembering.
2)Harrisons Principles of Internal Medicine (2 Volumes): This book is commonly referred to as the bible of medical education. Reading this book demands time, energy and devotion; one who is able to do so, succeeds.
The new 16th Edition of this book is coloured, with many new coloured illustrations.
Pitfalls: Reading this text is time consuming, trying to read without revision or in less time may be counter productive. Key diagrams / illustrations are provided to make this book complete, but they do not compare to easy understanding and memorization of Davidsons diagrams / Tables / Illustrations.
Advantages: Complete book, additional material not required. (But remember that the most complete book of Medicine is Oxfords Text Book of Medicine - 3 Volumes) Recommended in this book : GIT , CVS (extensive), Infectious Diseases (though long), Symptomatology (1st 600 pages or so)
Pitfall: Only basic information is covered, many details would not be found in this book. Index is not extensive and some questions would not be solved by this book.
Advantage: One can understand and remember medical basics in no time using this book.Recommended in this text CVS (short and easy to learn), Skin (not for extensive study), All boxes and tables for exam purposes. Back
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