- File Size: 13200 KB
- Print Length: 576 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 3 edition (August 30, 2012)
- Publication Date: August 30, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0094480DW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,880 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Step-Up to Medicine (Step-Up Series) Kindle Edition
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- very thorough
- can be used as a reference book on the wards; ex. don't know the complications of cirrhosis? flip to the liver section and there is a plethora of high yield info neatly outlined
- a great source of info for when you are getting pimped on a patient of yours; read about your pt's condition before presenting to the attending and you'll do fine
- too thorough! there is so much information and the book is so long, that the average medical student cannot get thru this amount of material and be well prepared for the shelf (don't kid yourself, you are an average student too)
- again, too much information! It goes WAY too in depth for what is required to answer questions on the shelf
I started this book at the beginning of my clerkship and calculated I could read 20 pages or so a night and get thru the book with time to spare for my shelf. Sounded reasonable! But the problem is, the book is SO DENSE that it would take AT LEAST 1.5 hrs of reading to get thru those 20 pages. And that doesn't leave time to review other more important resources (like USMLE World Qbank). I ended up giving up on this book only after 1 week of trying to read it.
FYI for the shelf, I stuck to USMLE World questions and MKSAP questions. I did all ~1200 USMLE World questions once (plus most of the ones I missed) and about 1/4 of the MKSAP questions and I did fine on the shelf (89% - my best performance of third year BY FAR).
-"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.
**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.
- 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 ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is very helpful. Is a good book to have for to supplement studying especially while reviewing.Published 18 hours ago by Victor
So many mistakes in the book, download the online errata or risk looking pretty stupid on rounds. Content is structured well and visually easy to read.Published 29 days ago by Oneredice
Not my favorite. Read a little from this but it is a little too detailed for my liking. I just did all the medicine uworld questions 2x and that was MORE than enough to do really... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Received honors on my internal medicine rotation as a 3rd year medical student using this book as my go-to. Read this and you will do very well.Published 2 months ago by Michael
This book got me through most of my shelf exams during 3rd year. This book is all encompassing and is even my main study tool for Step 2 CS. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kendra
So a couple of things... I am using this book to study for my step 2. So far I have found a lot of errors. Probably too much to outline here. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Vered
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