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on July 23, 2009
I just bought the new 4th edition Boards and Wards and I was disappointed. Although it's a "new" edition, most of the new features include fluff as opposed to new content. For example, the text is in color for some of the headlines at the top of pages. There is also more color in the charts. They have also added more photos but the photos are not unique or anything you haven't seen before (girl with Turner's syndrome, picture of a louse on a hair shaft).

The only chapter that was noticeably different or improved was the Ophthalmology section. The Dermatology section was also improved a little but not significantly; they just added more obvious photos.

All in all, they added about 40 additional pages of which 10-15 is more content, the rest are photos and graphics related to charts. If you own the 3rd edition, I would not bother buying this one. If you are a medical student that wants to use this for studying for the boards and want to save money, buy a used 3rd edition.

I was sorely disappointed with the lack of additional content. There is still no separate Urology section and whatever urology is covered is pretty weak. The Medical and Legal section is still weak and only provides obvious definitions aka "what is a defendant in a court" as opposed to providing definitions of obscure legal terms aka "Res ipsa loquitur" or going into more detail regarding EMTALA, Hospice or unique situations regarding Informed Consent. The Outpatient medicine section was simply renamed "Family Medicine" and instead of providing different and pertinent FP information such as calcium requirements for women at different ages, it just takes snipets of information from the other chapters and just repeats it in this section. Lastly, the book should go into more detail regarding diagnosis and treatment. The diagnosis often doesn't distinquish between initial vs. confirmatory tests and simply lists a hodge podge of tests which really helps no one. And often times treatment is never stated or distinguished. For example, some cancers require both surgery and radiation. With the 5th edition, I hope the authors spend some time with regards to content instead of photos and the color of the borders. With that said, to the author's credit, this is still an excellent book and if one doesn't own Boards and Wards, this is a slightly improved version of the 3rd edition. And unlike authors of most textbooks, the Boards and Wards team did make an effort to improve their already excellent book, let's just hope they make an even bigger effort with the next edition.
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on February 13, 2008
This book is a good book to have in your collection of medical references. It is concise and bulleted with pertinent information for wards, as the name suggests, as well as studying for the USMLE. It is easy to understand and easy to navigate when searching for something very specific. It is a small book but not small enough to carry in your white coat during rounds unless you have big pockets or if your pockets are empty, (most medical professionals I know don't have their pockets empty due to all the crap we have to carry), you might be able to fit it in there snuggly. All in all its a good book to have as a refresher or reference but i don't find it's good enough to use as the only resource when studying for USMLE.
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on December 2, 2011
The title of this book is a little misleading. This book is NOT comprehensive, and should NOT be used as a main study aid for boards. However, in conjunction with other review books (Kaplan, First Aid, etc.), it can be a very valuable tool. I found this book most helpful for cramming last-minute high-yield info for shelf exams and to read nightly for rotations to save face during pimp sessions with your attending. Lots of good formulas, cancer staging and the surgery section is especially useful.
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on September 3, 2015
Good resource to have while on rotations or as a new clinician. It's small enough to carry in a lab coat pocket. I would review various topics during my downtime. Although its not the most thorough, it acts as a concise review of common diagnoses.
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on November 24, 2014
Just what I needed! Small and concise
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on December 4, 2013
I bought the older edition because it was $40 cheaper, and the 5th edition only has 13 more pages. I have been using this book to study for the boards and have been loving it. It highlights certain material that is high-yield, and I have seen that bolded material multiple times when I take my practice boards. Awesome book! Worth every penny.
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on January 4, 2007
I used this book for Step2 CK. I had about a month to study, and read the book once in the first week and again skimmed it in the last few days. It reads relatively easily - though looks quite dense at first sight. Good charts/graphs. Did pretty well in the end, though don't know if it was the result of this book, Secrets, or the usmleworld qbank. But given the price, I think it's a great investment. Plus, I've heard it's great for Step 3 as well.
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on April 20, 2014
This was a good supplement for studying for step 2, and was particularly helpful for some last-minute cramming the week before the test. I wish I would have used it more throughout 3rd year to help with summarizing my studies for the shelf
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on March 2, 2014
If you are a visual learner this book is very good for you. The illustrations and pictures in this book are one of the best. Also subspecialty sections like ophthalmology, dermatology and so on are one of the best that you can find out there.
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on March 23, 2014
Tells you exactly what you need to know about each disease. Nursing books have so much BS in them that it's hard to differentiate what's what. This book gets to the point! LOVE it!
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