Geeky as it makes me sound, I was quite excited when this book arrived last month. This book sounded like a great concept: “A systems-based approach to anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology and pharmacology” or, as I would have written “An idiot’s guide to the first and second year.” And essentially, that’s what this book is. Beginning with some general stuff about basic cell physiology, biochemistry and a few other things I never really ‘got’ in 1 st year, the book provides the reader with a decent bank of knowledge with which to go and explore the rest of the book (arranged by system).
This book would serve you well through your first couple of years at medical school. I wouldn’t recommend only getting one book for the whole first year but you could come pretty damn close to getting away with it if you chose this one. The text is well-written and, while they’re not always as detailed as Moore’s Anatomy’s pictures, the anatomical illustrations are well-labelled for the most part. You could certainly buy this book and then supplement it with some relevant texts from the library when writing your notes.
One ICU where this book might let you down is Control and Movement. There aren’t enough brain and spine sections in the diagrams here and you’ll need a neuroanatomy book for this. The only other thing that annoys me about this is the colour plate that it has for some of the pictures. More specifically, the pictures that they have chosen for colour don’t all need to be in colour and some of the ones left in black and white could have really benefited from this. It appears to be just a random selection.
All in all, this is a first-rate attempt at covering the medical sciences and I’d say it certainly is worth considering.
Reviewed By: Ian Anderson (11.08.2006)
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