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An otherwise excellent book compromised by poor editing
on January 8, 2005
This book is of the typical "Ridiculously Simple" style. This is an excellent book that transforms a boring subject into something fun to read. Mnemonics, coded in words or illustrated by cartoons, are scattered all over the book. Many of them do help!
However, as other reviewers have complained, this book is full of spelling errors, typos, and misplaced figures and legends. The overall impression about its editing is "ridiculously chaotic". Try to imagine that. An example is the CD4+ T-cell count. On page 197 and 198, it is mentioned many times when its unit is "ul", "uL", "ml", and "mL". How confusing! The last two are the correct ones. But "ml" may be a preferred format. Or simply leave the unit out if you are not sure about it. Improve this. This kind of problem has nothing to do with being "Ridiculously Simple", I believe.
Some information in the book is outdated. For example, smallpox probably will not show up in the exam any more. And the vaccines for polio. Does the author know that we use a combination of Salk and Sabin vaccines today? Why is this not mentioned in the book?
Cartoons are nice. But I also like some real pictures about the worms and the diseases that they cause.
This book has the potential to get a 5-star rating. However, it is spoiled by abusing the word "ridiculously".