401 charts on 338 pages
ISBN # 978-1-935660-07-1
(Adobe Acrobat 4.0 or higher)
*** NEW for 2012 *** Edition 4
The USMLE Step 3 has changed so much since the first edition of this book, that I decided to revise it completely. Chapter 1 still presents diagnostic approaches. Chapter 2 from the previous edition (epidemiology and preventive medicine) has been replaced by a new chapter about therapy and patient management. Both chapters are presented in a step-by-step fashion (flow-charts): what's the first, second, third.... thing to do?
As a result this book has become more relevant to the computer-based case presentations of the USMLE Step3 and I am very excited about it.
Hope you will like it!
Great book. This is a great book to study off of. If you need a quick review and aren't looking for useless details this is your book. There are quick lists and drop downs that make going over a topic easy. It doesn't go into great detail but allows someone the opportunity to use one page in order to get the pertinent points of a topic or diagnosis.
Made really ridiculously simple!!!! It's a great way to review other specialties. It greatly compensates for the lack of time in reviewing.
(Jorge Rulen "JADR" (Philippines))
Where's the beef? Unfortunately this book has no "meat" to it. It is basically an brief outline of seemingly randomly ordered subjects. About the only good thing about it is that it is easy to read. For example, p. 135 ARDS: risk factors-toxic inhalation, sepsis, shock, diffuse pneumonia, Management-identify the cause, mechanical ventilation, try to avoid barotrauma to the lungs, glucocoticoids for late phase ARDS, Prognosis-50-70%. I'm not sure what this information would add to your knowledge of ARDS? Any resident or perhaps medical student would probably know any of these basic facts after their rotation. Furthermore, the alphabetical order of subjects is rather irritating and not useful. A reviewer said that it's good to use once you are done studying your other material.
(Roland Saavedra "beavermd" (Wisconsin))
An adequate review book, with disclaimer "USMLE Step 3 Made Ridiculously Simple" is a difficult book to review, as, depending on the way you learn, it can be a good or bad preparatory text. The book is organized into two sections: the first, diagnosis of relatively broad disease conditions (hyponatremia, cardiac failure, etc.), and the second, treatment of specific disease conditions (candidiasis, aspergillosis, cervical cancer, etc.). All concepts are displayed in outline/"logical progression square" format, good (for some) for review, but difficult (for some) to actually learn from. First, second, third, and on steps in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases are displayed, essential skills to know to succeed in the USMLE step 3. For everyone: practice your CCS's and questions! Good luck on your test.
(MK "Hussar" (Düsseldorf, Germany))
Excellent Last Minute Review (like a day or two before). I sat down and read this book cover-to-cover the day before I took step three. The nice thing about this book is that it lays it out quickly and concisely. It helped with understanding the basics on a diagnosis or treatment. When I took the exam the next day, subjects came up again and again that I had just read the day before. I wouldn't use this book as my primary review book, but I feel it makes a great backup and "icing" for the cake.
(J. Saccomando "jimacer" (Eagle, ID United States))
A useful "bring-everywhere" book. This book is a spin-off of the USMLE Steps 1 & 2 guide. It's a handy companion for the busy resident. I found this book useful for instant recall (i.e. buzzwords for disease entities). I recommend it for the content & outline format.
(Carol Stella (U.S.))