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Rapid Review Pathology: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, 4e 4th Edition

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"This is an excellent update to a strong pathology review book. It includes current information and offers deeper explanations for students interested in further diagnostic options."-Audrey Deeken, BA(University of Kansas School of Medicine) Doody Review: 87/100

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Product Details

  • Series: Rapid Review
  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 4 edition (June 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0323087876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0323087872
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An Elsevier Author, Dr. Edward Goljan serves as Professor and Chair of Pathology at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. He is a renowned lecturer and well-published author who has won a number of awards, including the Distinguished Service Ward in Pathology from the Oklahoma State Osteopathic Society, the Gender Equity Award from the American Medical Women's Association at OSU-COM. He has also been honored for teaching excellence by various institutions including Oral Roberts University and OSU-COM.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Vin on July 3, 2013
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I have both the 3rd edition revised reprint and the 4th edition so this review it's mainly intended to highlight the differences between the two.

They're both excellent books and if you've ever read Goljan, you know what to expect. As for the differences:
1. The book is longer. By about ~150-200 pages. That may not be a good thing depending on the type of person you are and the review of pathology you want. But I find it a bit more comprehensive in explaining concepts.

What is in the additional pages? Most of the addition from what I can tell and according to Goljan's acknowledgments in the cover is "more high-yeild information and photographs than in previous editions." The pictures you'll notice right off the bat. There are several pictures in all corners better displaying things I had to google or reference in the past. Not really a game changer, but it makes the book feel more complete.

2. Most notable, the little blurbs he has an the sides that summarize high-yeild concepts have been increased by 1.5-2x fold. It's really good if you're like myself and go back to review those concepts to make sure you got what you wanted from chapter (and your professors in year 1 tested from those blurbs). But at the same time, they become too cluttered and in a way, they subtract rather than add.

Would I recommend an upgrade? Up to your style really. I own Harrison's and read that to reference things. I prefer a more dense and complete book so I really like the changes in 4th edition of this book. If you prefer shorter reviews and limited in time, maybe the 3rd is better for you? But then again, you'd be missing out on the pictures that highlight some of the pathology.

The only thing I'm sad about was that I had taken notes from watching relevant Pathoma videos during first year into Goljan's 3rd edition. But I was planning to rewatch the videos anyhow, so it's another way to review the material.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By SA on June 26, 2013
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Update 11/16/2013: Errata is available online.

Update: The Qbank is now available online.

I had the previous edition of this book and there were many sections where the explanation was not clear enough. Upon google searching, I discovered others were posting questions about the same passages on forums and asking for its clarification. This edition has resolved the ones I checked.

As others have stated, the pages total have increased and so has the number of images. Online you have access to the book as well and can download all the images of the book in one zip file. This book is almost perfect, except some minor mistakes with incorrect referencing of images and tables as if they weren't updated etc (I found 2 in the respo chapter so far). Also binding is a bit weak and it's cracking a bit from the inside, but that could be because I am using it so much.

Pro:
Numbers of pages increased.
More explanations/clarifications than before.
Online access to book (searchable), images, qbank, and errata.

Con:
A few minor typos.

Conclusion: This edition is a MUST, even if you had a previous one.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jason H. on June 26, 2013
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Huge improvement over the 3rd edition. 200 pages more than the 3rd edition, but more readable in my opinion, yes I bought the 3rd edition last year, and I had to shell out another $35 for this edition, but what is $35 to one of the most important Step 1 resources? I'm glad I got it.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Denise E. Capps on August 23, 2013
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The Kindle version is not good. I don't know what the hard-copy is like, but in this digital version, the formatting for the outline is all off! For example, after the roman numerals (I, II, III, IV), the next subset (A, B, C, D...) are supposed to be on the next line AND be indented. There is NO INDENTATION for the next line! So (I) and (A) and (1) and (a) are ALL ON THE SAME MARGIN. This is awful because you have to backtrack to see which heading you're under. With all the numbers and letters corresponding to a new line being pretty much on the same left margin, it's difficult to see which header you're under. I need this book now, which is why I bought the digital version, but it is very difficult for me to follow - almost unreadable. I think I am going to return it and get a hard copy. NOT WORTH THE PRICE.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lovely B. on March 10, 2014
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This is one of the most difficult books to finish in terms of time requirement. However, once you finish a chaper in Goljan, you'll know that topic better than you ever did.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Medical student on July 26, 2013
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There is no doubt that this is a comprehensive and easy-to-read book. Probably the best patho book in the market.
BUT!!! Not suitable for Step 1 at all. Too much in detail and too long. Seriously toooooooooo much!!!!!
You can't retain all the info in the book no matter how many times you read the book. Trust me.
This book should only be used as a reference, not a review book. Don't make this mistake.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gautham on August 20, 2013
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Thank you Dr.Goljan for this amazing new edition...lots of high yield facts and a new chapter on diagnostic methods...a great way to review pathology for the exams...and thanks to amazon for a fast delivery via Amazon Whispernet ( bought the kindle edition as the paperback edition not yet available in India...)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beatriz on December 22, 2013
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This Goljan book is a great supplemental resource when studying for the USMLE 1. The fact that it is written in outline format makes it a lot easier to learn and memorize. It is very complete, including pathology and physiology of the disease as well as some biochemistry. Very complete review
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