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Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY (BECKMAN)) [Paperback]

by Charles R.B. Beckmann, Frank W. Ling MD, Roger P. Smith MD, Barbara M. Barzansky PhD MHPE, William N.P. Herbert MD, Douglas W. Laube MD
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December 19, 2005 0781758068 978-0781758062 Fifth

Established as a standard core textbook for the OB/GYN clerkship, Beckmann's Obstetrics and Gynecology is now in its thoroughly updated Fifth Edition. This edition follows the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics' newest Educational Objectives, which are listed at the front of the book and correlated specifically to each chapter.

Over 2,200 up-to-date study questions and answers are included both in the book and on a free bound-in CD-ROM. A new two-color art program makes the illustrations more vivid and effective. Updated coverage includes new material on healthcare for women and medical and surgical conditions of pregnancy.

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  • Paperback: 850 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Detailed info, but full of typos and errors October 14, 2006
Bought this book for my Ob/Gyn rotation, thinking it would be the best resource because it's designed around the APGO learning objectives, which the shelf exam is also supposedly based on.


- 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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obstetrics and Gynecology by Beckman December 27, 2006
-easy to read, with short chapters-got through this twice on my rotation

-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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book for PA students May 8, 2007
I found this book to be a wonderful supplement to everything I learned on my ob/gyn rotation. Everything I needed was in this book for my end of rotation exam on which I scored very well. I would highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average August 23, 2011
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Average book for ObGyn. Chapters are a bit long and can get lost trying to dig out the must have knowledge. No review section to help bring everything together.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but at times frustrating August 7, 2008
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I bought this book because it was a known fact that our attending pimped students according to the material covered in each of its chapters.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Detailed, but outdated with plenty of typos December 26, 2011
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Got this book for my OB/GYN rotation, as our preceptor recommended it and the questions on his exam came directly from the questions in the back of this book (there's like 2,700 to choose from or something). The book is very detailed, giving you percentages on the incidence of everything and then some. In my opinion (and all of my fellow students in the rotation), the book is more aimed at residents, as much of the material is not necessary for a student to grasp or memorize. The book is very outdated (there's a newer edition...don't know if that one is better, though that edition doesn't have the questions in the back). Also, there are many typos throughout the book, as well as in the questions in the book. For example, one of the chapter's set of questions in the back had 7 wrong answers out of 22 or so total questions. That is, the answer for the question did NOT agree with the information in the chapter it was coming from. careful with the questions. All in all, plenty of detail (to a fault in my opinion) and too outdated to recommend. Too dense for Step 2 studying as well.
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