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Not so great
on June 10, 2010
The previous edition of this book got so many positive reviews, I figured I'd give it a shot. I didn't like it at all. I think in the right circumstances, this book might be okay. But I used it mainly for step 2 preparation and found it to be pretty much useless. I read through the first few pages of the Infectious Disease chapter and spent more time confirming errors than finding useful info. For example, it says to initiate HAART on CD4 Counts > less than 500. The actual recommendation is on people with counts less than 350. In pregnant HIV+ patient it says to just use Zidovudine (that was the old recommendation, currently it is treatment with 3 drug HAART --- the idea was that a new edition would catch these errors).
Let's keep going, it has Levofloxacin listed as the treatment for pyelonephritis (this is a possible treatment, but by no means first line). Very next question, it has bacterial vaginosis listed as an STD. Just plain awful. I'm wasting more times finding errors in this book then getting useful information.
I agree that a few errors are acceptable, because every book has them. But there are only 15-20 facts per page, and if one of them on each page is incorrect, that makes for a pretty useless book. I would not recommend it cause there are many better options out there for a similar price.