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By Mazyar Kanani. (Pp 233; £19.50.) Greenwich Medical Media, 2003. ISBN 1-84110-131- 1.
This concise revision aid is directed towards the MRCS candidate but deserves a wider readership. Sixty five topics such as airway management, inotropes, and shock are dealt with in alphabetical order. The contents cover much of the intensive care section of the MRCS syllabus but some sections are also relevant to the operative surgery viva. For each topic the format chosen is to simulate a viva using focused questions and to provide “model” answers. Any clinician involved in acute specialties will recognise the clinical importance of the areas covered. For its educational value as well as an examination aid I would recommend this book to trainees other than just MRCS candidates.
This book is compact (19 × 13 cm) and the length of the sections (on average 3½12 pages per subject) would allow useful study during spare moments in the day.
£19.50 is expensive for a textbook with a few line drawing diagrams and no photographs, but will hold its resale value once the examination has been passed! Our SHO has borrowed the review copy to revise for the MRCS; the author has reached his target readership.
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