Most helpful critical review
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
It's a large, dense book
on June 7, 2013
So I bought this book for my dedicated Step 1 study time of about 6 weeks, based on positive reviews that I've seen both here and from others. What I had thought I was getting was a short book with several key facts or commonly confused topics. However, this book is thick (over 800 pages) with small text. I used it for a few days to supplement what I had read in First Aid. However, I soon realized it is not high-yield enough for me to justify spending the time to read it. It regurgitates what is in First Aid (but doesn't have everything), and then includes cases highlighting some points. However, the cases take a while to get through, and each one only has a few important points, so I found it more time-efficient to instead spend slightly more time with First Aid and use a QBank to read through clinical case-like scenarios. Perhaps this book would be more useful through out second year when there is more time, or if you need to see information in several sources to get it down. However, during this crunch time I found it much better to stick with First Aid as my source and this book was not helpful to me as a supplement.