Clinical Specialties

Medical student revision guide

Rebecca Richardson, Ricky Ellis

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: January 24, 2023

Pages: 310 pages

ISBN: 9781914961175 Related titles: , Tag:


“This book is what I would have wished for in my medical student days.” From the Foreword by Stella Vig, National Clinical Director for Elective Care

All the core knowledge you need at medical school in one place!

Clinical Specialties: Medical Student Revision Guide contains the core information you need on: Community-based medicine; Geriatric medicine; Gynaecology; Obstetrics; Paediatrics; Psychiatry; Dermatology; Ear, nose and throat; Ophthalmology; Anaesthetics; Palliative care.

Throughout medical school, and the years thereafter, a huge volume of knowledge must be acquired and retained, to achieve the standards expected of a safe and successful doctor. This is a mammoth task.

Clinical Specialties: Medical Student Revision Guide is designed to make accessing and remembering core knowledge as easy as possible:

  • each topic is presented in a colourful, revision-ready note format, with extensive use of diagrams, tables and flowcharts
  • key points are highlighted and core concepts summarised, making the information easier to digest, assimilate and memorise
  • a consistent structure means you always have access to clinical presentation, investigations and management, risk factors and complications.

Every chapter has been peer-reviewed by a specialist in the field, to ensure it is accurate and reflects the most up-to-date guidelines.

In addition, these specialists have also used their own personal experience of studying for medical exams to ensure that the books focus on the most important conditions, concepts and vocabulary needed to pass finals.

Clinical Specialties: Medical Student Revision Guide is the perfect companion for your medicine degree, exam revision, medical finals and your early career as a foundation doctor.

Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; Peer reviewers; General abbreviations; How to use this book

Chapter 1: Community-based medicine
Asthma; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Hypertension; Atrial fibrillation; Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease; Peptic ulcer disease; Irritable bowel syndrome; Hyperthyroidism; Hypothyroidism; Type 2 diabetes mellitus; Infectious disease in the community; Miscellaneous community-based medicine

Chapter 2: Geriatric medicine
Gerontology; Dementia; Delirium; Parkinson’s disease; Later life depression; Incontinence; Falls in the elderly; Osteoporosis; Nutrition in later life; Pressure ulcers; Ethics and end-of-life decisions; Elder abuse

Chapter 3: Gynaecology
Abnormalities of the uterus; Disorders of the ovaries; Disorders of the vulva & vagina; Conditions of the cervix; Gynae-oncology; The menstrual cycle; Subfertility; Menopause; Urogynaecology; Contraception; Unintended pregnancy & abortion; Genital tract infections; Infections of the uterus & pelvis

Chapter 4: Obstetrics
Antenatal care; Congenital abnormalities; Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy; Glycaemic disorders in pregnancy; Other maternal disease in pregnancy; Early pregnancy problems; Late pregnancy problems; Multiple pregnancies; Mechanism of labour; Management of labour; Labour complications; Obstetric emergencies; Fetal monitoring; The puerperium; Post-partum problems

Chapter 5: Paediatrics
Neonatology; Genetics & syndromes; Growth & puberty; Gastroenterology; Infection & immunology; Haematology; Paediatric oncology; Nephrology; Cardiovascular; Respiratory; Neurology; Musculoskeletal; Surgery; Community paediatrics; Child & adolescent mental health; Safeguarding & abuse; Emergency paediatrics

Chapter 6: Psychiatry
Mental Health Act; Alcohol & substance misuse; Depression; Anxiety disorders; Reactions to stress & trauma; Health anxiety & somatisation; Personality disorders; Psychosis & schizophrenia; Mania & bipolar affective disorder; Antipsychotics; Psychiatric emergencies; Child & adolescent psychiatry; Eating disorders; Intellectual disability; Perinatal psychiatry

Chapter 7: Dermatology
Psoriasis; Acne vulgaris; Eczema; Skin infestations; Bacterial skin infections; Viral skin infections; Fungal skin infections; Melanocytic (pigmented) lesions; Non-melanocytic lesions; Dermatological manifestations of systemic disease; Drug eruptions

Chapter 8: Ear, nose and throat
Head & neck malignancy; Dysphagia; Salivary glands; Throat infections; Airway obstruction; Sleep apnoea; The larynx & voice disorders; Outer ear problems; Middle ear problems; Inner ear problems; Hearing assessment; Rhinosinusitis; Emergency presentations; Facial palsies

Chapter 9: Ophthalmology
Acute painless vision loss; Neuro-ophthalmology; Acute red eye; Miscellaneous acute ocular problems; Diabetic eye disease; Age-related macular degeneration; Cataracts; Glaucoma; Refractive errors; Orthoptics; Visual fields

Chapter 10: Anaesthetics
Anaesthetics overview; Pre-operative assessment; Post-operative care

Chapter 11: Palliative care
Key principles of palliative care

Figure acknowledgements; Index of conditions

So far I love the layout and how it is presented.
I really like how the less important and more important information is highlighted with different colours. For someone like me who gets bogged down with detail, knowing what to learn first (important info) and what should be learned later (less important info) would be really useful in textbooks. Using the red for red flags and emergency points is eye-catching and makes it stand out. I have never seen the different colour boxes for differential diagnosis, risk factors/triggers and complications or prognosis and I really like this idea. It makes the information more visually appealing and means these concepts are differentiated from each other which is great for making flashcards etc.
The overall layout is very clear, well spaced and out is a great revision guide. I am really enjoying using the section I have so thank you for sending it to me.
Having the room at the side for your own notes is also really useful as sometimes there are additional points we may be taught in university, found on placements or additional local guidelines which you may want to add and having this space is great. I haven't seen this feature before either and I think this is a great concept for students as often there are university specific "buzz words" for exams or placements.

A must have for Medical Students

'This book is honestly life saving if you’re a medical student. The content is concise, easy to follow and really digestible. This book somehow make med school finals seem less overwhelming.' Amazon reviewer

Great resource for medical students

'This book is an amazing resource for medical students. It has all the key information presented in a concise manner, as well as useful tips and summary tables.' Amazon reviewer

Exam essential for medical students

'Seriously impressed with this book. It’s brilliantly laid out with just the right level of info for clinical years. It’s up to date, easy to read and allows you to learn a huge amount in a short time.' Amazon reviewer

Must have book for med students

'This is such a great book for medical students! Really student friendly with loads of colourful text and has lots of useful summary tables and pictures. Can't wait to use it for exams. This is great for any medical students or junior doctors.' Amazon reviewer

Amazing book. Everything you need to know.

‘This book is something that every single medical student NEEDS to have. It’s so well organised and covers everything you need to know. The pages are colourful and have clever colour keys, this really helps me remember it because I have a visual memory. The pages themselves are good because they are thick paper but aren’t laminated, so you can actually highlight or annotate on it yourself too. My other revisions guides have been put at the back of my bookshelf because of this guide!!

I’ll be telling all my friends to get it, cannot recommend it more!!' Amazon reviewer

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