Bestsellers and Highlights
Scion is a publisher of innovative textbooks and revision titles in the life and medical sciences. You will find full details of all of our books on the website.
Our bestselling guide to clinical examinations/OSCEs, Essential Examination has just passed 25,000 sales. Congratulations to the author, Alasdair Ruthven, for writing such a well-loved and widely-used book.
Dermatoscopy and Skin Cancer - a handbook to help dermatologists, dermatoscopists and GPs easily differentiate between benign and malignant tumours, leading to fewer unnecessary biopsies and earlier treatment of cancers.
Our new concise guide to undergraduate medicine, Medicine in a Minute by Amar Vaswani and Hwan Juet Khaw. We published this book following student feedback saying they no longer have the time or inclination to read through the huge clinical medicine texts. Medicine in a Minute provides the core information medical students need to know without overwhelming the reader.
The new, 3rd,edition of CSA Cases Workbook. This bestselling CSA title now features 36 new cases with an additional 13 cases online, set up as a mock exam.
University Science Books
We are delighted to be representing our good friends at Unversity Science Books in the UK and Europe. You can see details of their excellent range of titles here
Anatomy and Physiology in Healthcare just reviewed in the Nursing Standard:
'This textbook presents anatomy and physiology in a fun and interactive way....It is divided into 14 chapters and the way the authors have introduced the information gives it a modern twist. For example, instead of titling a chapter 'The reproductive system', it is called 'From one generation to the next'. .....What works particularly well is the way the authors have used case studies that reflect the reality of the changing patterns of health and disease....This book provides a good foundation in clinical application and it seeks to link theory to practice.'
The Art of General Practice has just been reviewed in the British Journal of General Practice
'This little book is well written and has a pleasant, informal style… The first part of the book covers what [the author] calls the soft skills, but what could be called the social skills required to make the consultation work most successfully… This section might be ideal for a trainer with a trainee facing clinical skills assessment. … The second part of the book tries to encourage and enable the career GP to look after themselves. Again, well written, it is full of useful advice…. To sum up, a short book from which every GP might learn something.'
Recent 5 star reviews of Scion books on Amazon:
Medicine in a Minute
“I love the final chapter with all emergency scenarios with ABCDE approach!
Highly recommend this book to students especially clinical years and finals!”
“I really like the layout and simple nature of this textbook. It covers all of the major topics in medicine and doesn't give you any waffle.”
“I’ve bought many medical textbooks during my time in medical school but I can simply say this is the best of its type. Pitched at exactly the right level for clinical medicine.”
“Great to carry around in my bag. Can pretty much guarantee that the important, practical information is all here! Thank you Dr O'Kane!”
“By far the best book I've ever come across for acute medicine.”
“Excellent! Have had it with me since the first edition in 2013. It has been a lifesaver (literally) on many occasions!”
Cardiology in a Heartbeat
“An excellent guide to cardiology. Full of concise up-to-date information, in a very practical and easy to read format. I would definitely recommend it to anyone undergoing a cardiology rotation.”
“A fantastic and up to date cardiology guide for undergraduate medical students and foundation doctors.”
“Great simple, easy-to-read and user-friendly layout. Love the "pro-tip" and "why" sections. Overall a great book for your cardiology rotation!”
Communications Skills for OSCEs
“This book is essential for every single medical student's shelf!”
“A perfect resource for doing well in OSCEs, but also for clerking patients on the wards in clinical years. You would be missing out if you don't read this book as a medical student.”
“What a useful book! It has everything in it from general consultation skills to information on specific systems…”
“I rarely write a rave review but this one is warranted. This textbook is AMAZING. It helped me do really well in my third year OSCE.”
“This book is by far the best purchase I have made at medical school.”
“I love the fact that this book is really condensed - has everything that you need to know about each examination in a couple of pages. Highly recommended to all medical students out there!”
“Must-have book for medical student. It describes the examinations in a clear systematic manner which is easy to remember. It includes aide memoires and tips for getting extra marks in OSCEs. Each examination is also concluded with notes on commonly asked questions by examiners. I have found this book to be a great help for OSCE revision.”
“This book is a wealth of information! Well written in a simple concise [manner], easy to follow guidelines for prescribing medications, oxygen, intravenous fluids, etc. [It] is divided by the system involved and has a section specifically for patient counseling which makes this book unique.”
History Taking for Medical Finals
“Used for medical finals: useful cases that covered all of my finals OSCEs. Would recommend to all levels of medical students.”
“Great book! Really useful for all stages of medical school history taking! Would recommend!!”
“Only book needed for history taking! All round great revision book.”
Medical Statistics Made Easy 3e
“Fantastic book for someone who just needs to learn about the application and principles… I love this book.”
“Helpful book, breaks statistics down into more manageable and less daunting chunks, includes information on how important each point is and how often it is used in real life… The title doesn't lie.”
“For anyone that struggles with statistics, this is an absolute must.”
Psychiatry: A clinical handbook
“Great book for undergraduate psychiatry. Lots of useful mnemonics and colour coded to aid committing facts to memory.”
“AMAZING! Absolutely love this book! Well structured and covers most topics.”
“Finally a psychiatry book great for quick referencing, with a design made for the modern reader. No more digging through verbose paragraphs of text to get the essential information because it's all provided in bullet points, tables and infograms.”
Rheumatology: A clinical handbook
“Excellent book for grasping rheumatology as a medical student. Clear, concise and well explained information.”
“It's a really nice and easy read, pitched at the perfect level for a medical student like myself. In addition to its easy-to-read layout, I found the diagrams to be extremely helpful and clear.”
“This book is a fantastic guide for any medical student wanting a concise and student friendly source for everything rheumatology!”
“What makes the book really great is that, in combination with [the cartoons], the accompanying text contains lots of heartfelt, personal advice (especially Chapter 6) about how to deal with uncertainty and difficult clinical situations to go perfectly with the humour. I really recommend and will be flicking through it during finals revision for a laugh for sure.”
“This is a well balanced book filled with humour and excellent, down to earth advice for medical students. Highly recommended.”