- Paperback: 800 pages
- Publisher: LWW; Fifth edition (February 13, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0781766990
- ISBN-13: 978-0781766999
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,196,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kochar's Clinical Medicine for Students Fifth Edition
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Doody's Book Review Service, 03-NOV-08, Vincent F. Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences -- "This is one of the top books available for medical students heading into their internal medicine rotations. It is a very easy read, with right-to-the-point information."-Doody's Book Review Service (Weighted Numerical Score: 97; 5 Stars) Weighted Numerical Score: 97 - 5 Stars! Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 21-JAN-09, Volume 301, Issue 3, Victoria S.S. Wong, MD, Department of Neurology, University of California, Davis, Medical Center, Sacramento, CA -- "Kochar's Clinical Medicine for Students serves as an excellent segue for the third-year medical student who must start learning how to apply knowledge in a practical fashion on the wards. The book has 3 main sections: 'Key Manifestations and Presentations of Diseases,' 'Diseases and Disorders,' and 'Ambulatory Medicine.' By dividing the topic of internal medicine into these main categories rather than by organ system alone, the book already has a leg up on others of its kind. It prepares the medical student to recognize the common presentations of a disease and to learn about the differential diagnosis, then provides information about the diagnosis itself. The book also separates inpatient and outpatient medicine topics, providing complete overviews of each... "The extensive amount of information this book covers while maintaining its size as a relatively portable paperback is impressive. That a single book contains detailed chapters on the management of smoking cessation, the interpretation of heart sounds, and an overview of acromegaly demonstrates the panorama of clinical topics and attests to the conciseness of the book. A careful review shows that no significant topic has been left out-even sections discussing outpatient management of women's health issues, geriatrics, and orthopedic problems are appropriately included... "Kochar's Clinical Medicine for Students is both concise and complete, an excellent resource for the current medical student and for the resident in training-and perhaps a pragmatic, worthwhile review for the practicing physician."-Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
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As you can see, there is a ton of stuff this book offers, but really none of it is beyond the scope of what could appear on the shelf exam. Except for the few chapters on psychiatric issues, this book was clearly written to help students like myself not just pass, but ace, the shelf exam. And it excels.
I preferred this book to Step-Up to Medicine (Step-Up Series), the most popular choice for medicine clerkship. Obviously people love that book, but I found the outline format too bothersome and prefer prose when delving into a topic for the first time. Step Up's information on diagnosing and managing conditions could use some work as well. For example, under the "diagnosis" section of many diseases, it would give a laundry list of findings for every diagnostic method under the sun without stating the test of choice. Very annoying.
Another popular book is Internal Medicine Essentials for Clerkship Students 2. This is from the ACP and is definitely the most authoritative book written for clerkship students. The problem is that it only covers the bare essentials. I actually did read a few chapters and found them to be a quick recap after already learning of the topic in hand. If you wanted to use this, I would recommend reading the appropriate chapters after having read the material in another book like Kochar's.
I read most but not all of the material in this book (I didn't find out about this book until a few weeks into the clerkship). I also did MKSAP For Students 4 (MKSAP for Students,Alguire) and got through maybe half of the internal medicine questions on USMLEWORLD. I just took the shelf exam today and felt like I was well prepared for it and would recommend this book and the mentioned question banks to anyone who wanted to do well on this clerkship.
The only problem with the Kindle edition is the lack of an index with page numbers with hyperlinks (there are no page numbers) so you're forced to resort to using the application search function, which can bring up a distracting number of hits if you choose the wrong search term.