Book Reviews

  • On Call: Principles and Protocols - Book Review

    On-the-go, concise and arranged in steps, are the three excellent features of this popular text.

    Hospitals are hyperactive environments where tasks are done quickly. Pressure is always high to perform these tasks accurately and competently. For a clinical medical student or newly graduated doctor to achieve this, access to an easy-to-read reputable resource is required. And here lies the beauty of On Call.

    The chapters go sequentially through material of relevance to what a typical junior doctor encounter. From a summary of the latest resuscitation protocols, to diagnosing common clinical presentations, to a basic outline of immediate management, the book succeeds in covering essential topics reflective of the authors’ background as educationalists and astute medical specialists.

    Perhaps the most engaging aspect of the book is its “duologue style” whereby the authors materialise on paper the sort of thoughts that run through a junior doctor’s head whilst responding to a request to assess an unwell patient. The book instructs the reader to ask specific questions to obtain meaningful answers that would later formulate an appropriate management plan. This clinical reasoning journey is what all junior doctors aim to master, in service of their patients.

    If I had to find a problem with the book, it would be that its portability is both a bliss and a curse. Whilst the book can be easily carried, this means it’s limited in its coverage of clinical topics. However, this apparent weakness is compensated with regular referencing to an equally useful resource, the Life in The Fast Lane website, which is the brainchild of one of On Call’s authors, Dr Mike Cadogan.

    Whether it’s medicine, surgery or a specialty rotation, On Call will serve you well as a portable mentor that reminds you to achieve the best clinical outcomes in most common scenarios.

    4 years ago
  • Review: Essentials of Internal Medicine

    I originally wrote this review at the conclusion of 2014, which marked the end of my time as a medical student.

    6 years ago
  • Book Review - Essentials of Law for Medical Practitioners

    No one likes law – if you liked law you’d be studying law, right?

    7 years ago
  • Book Review - The Human Brain in Photographs and Diagrams, 4th Edition

    Sitting on my bookshelf untouched for a few weeks, Nolte’s picture book looked like the spiral bounded lecture notes you get from the university.

    7 years ago
  • Book Review - Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions - Australian & New Zealand Edition, 3rd Edition

    I never thought I really needed a medical dictionary… can’t you just google words you don’t know? Through reading this Elsevier publication, I’ve discovered some pluses of medical dictionaries.

    7 years ago
  • Book Review - Gray's Anatomy for Students, Third Edition

    I used Gray’s Anatomy for Students 2e all throughout medical school and I found it really helpful.

    7 years ago
  • Book Review - Antenatal Consults: A guide for neonatologists and paediatricians

    As a second year medical student, and still relatively fresh out of my science undergraduate degree, Neonatology is a relatively unknown specialty to me.

    7 years ago
  • Book Review - Obstetrics & Gynaecology: An Evidence-Based Guide

    After recently doing a short placement in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Far North Queensland, I started searching for clinical information.

    7 years ago

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