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Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple, Edition 3 Paperback – July 15, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0940780491 ISBN-10: 0940780496 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Medmaster; 3 edition (July 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940780496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940780491
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

This is a great book to supplement a medical school class.
PAmedstudent
As an added bonus, there are a couple of really funny lines in the book...you'll have to read it to find them, but they make it worth it.
PreNursingStudent
There are plentiful mnemonics and cartoons in the book which help a great deal with memorization.
Joseph J Grenier

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141 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Gerald J. Nora on June 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
When I received this book, I was not sure what to make of it. Rather than seriously examining key points of organisms with illustrations to show how mechanisms worked, the book is packed with mnemonics and weired cartoons meant to help you remember what you need to know for the boards (for instance, Chlamydia has a "clam" necklace; Salmonella is shown as a salmon hanging out and smoking a cigar in a gallbladder to remind you that's where chronic Salmonella carriers retain the bug).
I grew to appreciate these stupid cartoons, as I did remember stuff I would have otherwise forgotten. If you are burning out, this is a good resource!
This is not a real textbook, however. You get a guerilla introduction to some basics, but the presentation of material is not as systematic as a text. At the end of each chapter is a chart to summarize the information presented, but the font is tiny and I never bothered using it.
I would recommend checking this book out to see if the book's style works for you. If it does, this is a good way to study microbiology even if you are tired and sick of studying for Step I. If it does not, there are plenty of more standard texts and reviews to choose.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Kersi Von Zerububbel VINE VOICE on April 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
This text will give you a good review of clinical microbiology. The information is geared towards the medical student. Important facts are presented in a easy-to-memorize manner which gives the student what is needed to pass exams. This is not meant to be a textbook on clinical microbiology and therefore one should not expect cogent narratives. However, if you are over 50 like myself; make sure you have your reading glasses or magnifiers handy. The font size is quite small and the print could have been a little darker. Also you may find parts of the book a bit too flippant but remind yourself that this is supposed to be a review text.
Well worth your time.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
With the help of diagrams, funny stories, and pneumonics, this book helped me remember my facts and keep the bacteria organized in my head. Here's how I studied (for my class and the Board Shelf Exam): I xeroxed the charts found in the book and studied them over and over in a nice packet. Everything you need to know is in the charts. I also looked over First Aid to put it all together. Pretest Microbiology or Appleton and Lange's Review of Microbioloy are excellent sources of clinical based practice questions. If you need a reference, the new Lippincott Microbiology by Strohl is good.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "molavekid" on August 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book can make studying microbiology very enjoyable. The illustrations are really catchy and you will remember them for a very long time. The tables are very concise and give you the important points. No unnecessary data, just plain old facts. You should have it while in medical school and not just for the board exams.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BostonMed22 on July 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
this is such a good book for coursework...during my classes i felt the professors went TOO Much into random detail and i could not tease out what was important and what was junk...when i started using this book...all the important facts became obvious...there are charts at the end of each section...I used those as quick review before the boards...a month before my exam i re-read through the book from front to back...and during my 2 days of microbio review i just read through the charts...the corny cartoons actually help a lot!!! and they give some good clinical facts....goofy book...but great information...almost every single students at our med school had one...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonny B on March 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I didn't discover this book until half way through my Microbio. course as a MSII. I wish I had it for the whole course because it was truly that useful. It gives you clever ways to categorize and memorize everything. I had professors that would jump around a lot and I would get confused, Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple helped me so much!

I'm going to use it to study for Step 1 and a lot of my friends are using it as well. It will even help with the pharm sections as they go over what kills these little critters.

Happy Studying!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the BEST book in the series by far. I would HIGHLY recommend this book for FMGs, like myself. It is easy to read with great mnemonics. The table charts are good, but the print is somewhat small. However, one of those magnifying bookmarkers will help. If you know this book very well you should not have any trouble with the microbiology questions on the boards.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "docmarvelous" on January 1, 2003
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This book is just awesome. It has all the points you need for the boars exams. WOW its that good. I read it for my course and then for my board exam review. I read it cover to cover 2 times and some sections in it 4 to 5 times. The antibiotics section is so good you don't struggle trying to retain info. A must have!!!!
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