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400 MCQs in Paediatrics for MRCPCH Part I.
  1. A C Elias-Jones
  1. Consultant Paediatrician, Leicester General Hospital, and Examination Committee, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK

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    By Nagi G Barakat. (Pp 212; £14.95.) Royal Society of Medicine Press, 2001. ISBN 1-85315-491-1.

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    The reviewers have been asked to rate these books in terms of four items: readability, how up to date they are, accuracy and reliability, and value for money, using simple four point scales. From their opinions we have derived an overall "star" rating: * = poor, ** = reasonable, *** = good, **** = excellent.

    This paperback book in fact has 463 questions including a 60 question examination. The format is of MCQs as used in the part I of the MRCPCH examination and the question material does cover the full syllabus for this. The answers provide some explanations for the questions but not all. The evidence for the answers isn't related to specific text. However, there are a number of recommended texts and references listed, but at least one of these texts, that for neonatology, does not show the most recent edition edited by Roberton and Rennie.

    As with all MCQ questions, some of the answers are arguable but there are certain answers given that are clearly completely wrong, which will further mislead the examination candidate.

    Although the material covers the syllabus, the questions that have been prepared do not reflect the quality of the questions expected in the membership examination.

    Given the thirst for examination questions among membership candidates, however, it is likely that some candidates will find the book useful in their preparation.

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    • The reviewers have been asked to rate these books in terms of four items: readability, how up to date they are, accuracy and reliability, and value for money, using simple four point scales. From their opinions we have derived an overall “star” rating: * = poor, ** = reasonable, *** = good, **** = excellent.

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