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Step-Up to Medicine (Step-Up Series)3rd EDITION Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1609133603 ISBN-10: 1609133609 Edition: Third, North American Edition

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  • Series: Step-Up Series
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; Third, North American Edition edition (September 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609133609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609133603
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best for the internal medicine shelf exam.
missy
While it is a thick book, it is a good way to read up on the different things you will encounter on the wards.
Alicia
Concise but with enough information that the material sticks and is easy to read.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By burxard on January 29, 2013
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Yeah, it's probably the best thing out there for the Medicine shelf and IM portion of Step 2. That said, it could still be better.

Pluses:
-full color
-"quick hits" highlight key points
-Cardio section has notes on specific studies, which are potentially useful for impressing attendings on rounds.
-Ambulatory Care section is great for Family Med
-unlike a lot of other review books, it seems to be well-edited. I found few errors / typos.

Minuses:
**not enough about _management_. The most important aspect of clinical rotations is learning the correct sequence of steps in managing a condition ("What is the next best step?"). This book contains little information about that. There are some flowcharts, but it's really not enough.
--mnemonics are poor / lacking
--too many words. The outline format is good, but I'd prefer it not be in complete sentences.
--Not enough pictures, especially for the Derm section.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By HarbingerKing on November 10, 2013
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Apparently the publishers of this book took the previous edition (Step-Up to Medicine (Step-Up Series)) and slapped a shiny new cover on it. I don't think there are any actual updates, as this book is terribly outdated. Some examples:
- There is no mention of the interferon gamma release assays (IGRAs) used to test for TB. Although relatively new, they are widely used in clinical practice today, especially to confirm positive PPD results and to test for infection in individuals who have been vaccinated with the BCG vaccine. The authors state that a patient who has received the BCG vaccine for TB will have a positive PPD (true) but should be treated for TB like anyone else with a positive PPD (WRONG!). This may have been the standard of care 5 years ago but this would be malpractice now.
- The authors mention "Ultralente," a long-acting insulin preparation that was discontinued so long ago I had never heard of it! Meanwhile, there is no mention of insulin Detemir, one of the two long-acting insulins that every MS2 learns about.
- In its discussion of treatments for Multiple Sclerosis, the authors mention beta interferons and glatiramer acetate but admit that studies have only been in progress for 5 years. I looked back at the 2008 edition and it says the exact same thing. If it was 5 years in 2008, then it's 10 years in 2013! A lot happens in 5 years (these are now first-line agents for MS backed by very solid evidence).

My other gripes with this book: It isn't clear or detailed enough. I frequently have have to refer to my
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By gddessmoon on August 21, 2013
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I'm a PA student and love this book's origination. It is easy to read, I dont like textbooks and this book is presented to you the way that we are taught in class from definition, etiology, S/S, PE, Dx to Tx. One of my program's graduates said she used this book and some board reviews and passed the board on her first try. Many people from my class also brought this book as study materials.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DrStewie on October 7, 2013
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Short story: This was the best book I purchased during med school hands down. The format is perfect IMO. It is in an outline-ish format (much faster the full textbook) but not the 1 word sentences of First Aid Step 1. The side is full of good to know facts and tips. I would highly suggest for any 3/4yr med student.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vasim on August 10, 2013
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Awesome. This book is very good. It's extremely detail and boring which makes it great. It has just enough info not much and not less to give you everything you need to know as a third/fourth year medical student.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jonathan Dunn on January 28, 2014
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This book is hands down the book that will get you through your 3rd year internal med rotation (and the shelf). I still use it as a reference years later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on January 21, 2014
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Best book for quick review during busy clerkships. Definitely a must have for Internal Medicine. Offers good brief synopses of the most common disorders.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KP on January 4, 2014
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I can not rave about this book enough. My absolute favorite book. The size and print and colors used make finding everything extremely fast and easy. The set up is very logical. I use this book constantly.
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