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NMS Medicine Casebook (National Medical Series for Independent Study) Paperback – November 26, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0781784689 ISBN-10: 0781784689 Edition: 1 Pap/Psc

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  • Series: National Medical Series for Independent Study
  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; 1 Pap/Psc edition (November 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781784689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781784689
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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I used this book to study both for my internal medicine shelf exam and step 2 ck.
Steven Kramer
It gives you plenty of details about pathophysiology, classification and even different treatment regimes for each condition depending on how patient presents.
P. Bang
As opposed to just being a compilation of lists, this book really does try to be interactive, which helps you retain the material.
Clive Revill

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Yash on May 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
When I first bought this book I didn't think I would be able to get through it in time, but I really wanted to have a good case book along with the questions that I was doing for my medicine shelf. The book actually went really fast, and I felt like I learned the material better than I would have just by doing questions, or reading a traditional text. I only had 2 months in my medicine block and got through this book twice and made honors on the shelf! The algorithms were key, and although I did think there may have been some mnemonic overkill I remembered a lot of them when I actually took the shelf. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. You will be happy when you get your shelf results. I'll probably use it when I am a medicine intern too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on January 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
The medicine shelf covers a large amount of information, and for any book to encompass all the material needed for the exam would be damn near impossible. However, I think this book does cover most of the information needed to do well on the exam. Its strongest points include the case based format and next step in management questions. Additionally, the book includes classifications for disease processes (I.e the diagnostic criteria for sarcoidosis, or SLE, how to treat different patients with pneumonia based on their comorbidities using the Pneumonia Severity Index, etc). One of the best parts about this book are the flow charts. They highlight what the text says in one page and can be used for easy reference in a given clinical situation. The flow charts are also great learning tool for the exam because the shelf exam will give a clinical situation and expect you to know the proper management (i.e a pituitary adenoma < 10mm in size and asymptomatic is followed with annual MRI, but one >10mm and asymptomatic is treated with bromocriptine/cabergoline, and if refractory to treatment transphenoidal surgery is indicated). I agree with one of the other reviewers; the mnemonics are overused, and many times have nothing to do with the disease (i.e. FART'N is the mnemonic to remember the symptoms of HUS/TTP). The book is a little lengthy at 550-600 pages, but it is worthwhile in providing a knowledge base for next-step management.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By juan gonzalez on July 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is amazing. I ran to it by accident.Glad i did.
very strong in terms of information. Also, the next step style is very appealling and definetely helpfull for the step 2&3 of the usmle. you can read the case on hyperglycemia alone to get conviced you should buy this book.
i learned on DM from this book more than i did from all my step 2 study ( i scored 99/279 by the way). i beleive that dr.shah answered many of the difficult questions USMLE has.Never thought i could learn from a resident that much, but obviously i did. thank u dr.shah.
for a full review for the step 2&3 i recommend using it in conjunction with fisher's step3 book ( that one rocks too).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kareem Eid on February 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
Overall : the book is OK
Pros:
powerful tool focusing on the NEXT BEST STEP style for the USMLE CK Exam
Help organize the ideas
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the best written chapters are the Cardiology , Pulmonary, HIV and Endocrine Chapters

Cons:
the lay out is too dull to keep you awake (that's a very important fact, specially for review books, that tend to have bright colors and highlighted boxes to emphasize the facts in a rapid clear way)

too many mnemonics, very good tool for rapid short term memory but toooo many, on average 1 menomnic per 2 pages, makes it a burden rather than a help

Too many complicated flow charts , very smart tool to study but when overdone, turn all the way against you

No dedicated Chapter for infectious diseases, though they are diffused within the other Chapters

some of the cases are not well written
the book is good, but needs the professional touch to be added to it

Overall All :3/5, If have a plenty of time you might consider it
from other point of view if you are undergraduate , sure u'll benefit from it and you don't have the time constrain most of us feel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Bang on September 28, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have glanced through several Medicine review books, specially case oriented ones, from PreTest,Medicine PreTest Self-Assessment and Review, Thirteenth Edition (PreTest Clinical Medicine) Case Files Case Files Internal Medicine, Third Edition (LANGE Case Files), to this book.
Compared to the to other books, I find this book the best. Probably due to its approach. Its not just full of multiple choice questions and answers with explanations in back. Or just questions and answers like Deja Review Internal Medicine, 2nd Edition The others may do a good job explaining the answers and the theory (pathophysiology, clinical features etc) behind each condition/disease. But they don't approach each case like an actual patient. Basically often times I read through these case oriented books, and though I may learn a lot of medicine from them. At the end I still don't feel like I could treat someone. But this not case with this NMS book. I actually feel like I could handle a patient after reading about it in this book.
The format of this book is as follows: First it gives you a detailed case. Then asks for diagnosis. Gives theory behind the diagnosis. Then ask what you would do next (investigation)? Then gives details about best investigation(s) and explanation on which one(s)best to do first. Next it continues with case and adds investigation results. Then asks you what test you'd do next/ what treatment should be given.
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