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141 of 147 people found the following review helpful
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
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
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
on September 1, 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
on July 4, 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
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
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
on January 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a great book to supplement a medical school class. The tables at the end of each chapter are amazing and will really help out on exams if you can commit most of that information to memory. I know that sounds like a lot, but by the end of your medical micro course, you'll understand what I mean.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I am using this for USMLE review. There are plentiful mnemonics and cartoons in the book which help a great deal with memorization. This could be the best review book in the Ridiculously Simple Series. It has definitely helped me. The exam is still pending and therefore I cannot judge this based on my score. You cannot base your sole Micro preparation on this one book alone. You will have to have BRS Microbiology or NMS Microbiology along side this. You may need Zinsser on occasion. The good thing about this book is you can work through it quickly compared to some of the other books. When I receive my score I will further preface my remarks here. This is a good starting point however.
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