- Series: OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY (BECKMAN)
- Paperback: 850 pages
- Publisher: LWW; Fifth edition (December 19, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0781758068
- ISBN-13: 978-0781758062
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,423,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- coverage of all topics you might see on the exam
- generally good resource for basic intro to ob/gyn
- some useful tables and graphs
- lots of multiple choice questions for testing recall after reading
- way too many typos and factual errors. This book has obviously been through multiple revisions over the years, without careful editing. For example, they say that you should get the tetanus booster shot once btw 14-16 yo. Most of us know that you should get this booster once every 10 years. There is way too much sloppiness in this book for it to be a reliable resource.
- questions are mostly pure factual recall; there is very little clinical reasoning. The shelf exam is almost entirely clinical vignettes with long stems, requiring clinical reasoning. So the book's questions are pretty much useless for preparing for the shelf.
- the questions on the CD-ROM are 95% the same as the back-of-chapter questions, but the answer choices are rearranged and there are more typos and incorrect answers marked. There is no reasoning given with the correct answer choice.
- the 5% of other questions are often outdated and seem to be left over from previous editions (e.g. questions on Norplant or other things that are not mentioned at all in the text).
- multiple diagrams seem to be left over from previous editions, not particularly clear; most of these should be redrawn. Some of the things you'd like to see in diagrams are not there.Read more ›
-excellent diagrams and tables
-not sharp enough to pick up on ANY factual errors like yellow leaf
-good conceptual introduction to general OB/GYN
-explanation for answers are sparse, but at this level you should realize that you should read from different sources, you should be able to fill in the blanks, and you should be using other questions books
-supplemented with HY OB/GYN, Case Files, Pre-Test, and Blueprints Q&A to prepare for the shelf
-overall would recommend Beckman, HY, and Pre-test as minimal for shelf. Case Files was ok, but HY covered most of the points and I felt the clincal vignettes in HY was better for teaching you how to think like an OB/GYN. Blueprints was comparable to Pre-Test.
-for those looking for a more rigorous text, I felt NMS was better at explaining things in terms of basic science. And the questions weren't half bad (although I only went through about 1/3 of them). For this reason, those starting out thrid year with OB/GYN should consider using NMS.
However, I soon learned that Beckman's is one of those medical books that tries to incorporate every fact into its chapters, but it does so by simply stating the fact. That is, the book would mention a procedure or disease process, but would not expand on it, it would simply list the process or procedure and move on. The book also tends to cover alternative procedures almost to a tertiary level without completely expanding on the first option presented. This is useful if you want a complete index so you can claim that the book covers everything. But when you are being questioned by an attending on the pathologies or reasoning behind a procedure, it makes you look quite stupid if all you can do is rattle off a list.
I understand that most medical books need to be cross-referenced with others. But I believe in this scenario, Hacker and Moore's book is MUCH better. It covers all topics presented in Beckman's but explains why you do what you would do. I recommend comparing the two books before selecting one. I bought beckmans, but I constantly reread the Beckmans chapter with the hacker and moore I found in the school library. This allowed me to make a killing when being pimped. Both books are pretty easy to read. I would, however, say hacker and moore is even easier in terms of chapter layout and topics covered.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book had a great summary of each of the disorders. It also has some great review questions in the back!Published on October 8, 2011 by juiceisloose
If you're going into OB/Gyne, you'll need more than just this Jr/Sr med student level book.
But, if you're not, I've kept this as a reference & found it concise & well... Read more
As a medical student in clinicals I found this book very helpful. The attending for my OB/Gyn rotation highly recommended it. Read morePublished on November 14, 2009 by Katherine S. Kennedy
I used this book to study ObsGyn pre-clerkship, and it was fine, but when it came down to handling patients on the floor, this book did not have nearly enough detail. Read morePublished on May 3, 2009 by P.Jasmine
I got a discount, and the book was in perfect condition. Exactly what I ordered. It arrived sooner than expected as well.Published on March 8, 2009 by Ashley