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Rowan W Parks, Tom Diamond. (Pp 172; £23 50.) Greenwich Medical Press, 2003. ISBN 1-84110-186-9.
Surgery MCQs and EMQs does exactly as its authors suggest—which is, through its carefully constructed questions covering a broad range of surgical topics set out in subsections for clarity and ease of use, it allows efficient revision for intercollegiate MRCS candidates and final year medical students alike. This book presumes a basic core knowledge of the practice of surgery in general and ideally should be used in conjunction with Fundamentals of Surgical Practice (by the same authors). However it may be used independently as a wrong answer from the reader in either the MCQ or EMQ section is corrected by an appropriate, succinct teaching bullet point. Relevant and validated MCQs/EMQs testing the surgical trainees’ syllabus are notoriously difficult to construct but the authors are to be congratulated upon their efforts.
Surgery MCQs and EMQs offers a selected revision of topics for the surgical tyro in a friendly portable form (pocket filler size) and as such it is a welcome addition to its genre.