Ever read up on a subject in a medical textbook, remembered it well immediately after, but several weeks later had great difficulty in recalling anything about it? Or, when treating a patient with an asthma attack, you wondered, 'Have I missed something important?' Memorizing Medicine aims to address these commonly experienced sentiments by rewriting the traditional medical textbook in a manner that places primary emphasis on recall. Drawing upon well-established psychological principles, the book uses a broad range of strategies to maximize the ability of the reader to recollect large swathes of information at a later date. The result is an original and refreshing style of textbook in which no two pages are quite alike, and where facts are presented in a hierarchical fashion so that essential features of each condition or symptom can be grasped immediately, while finer points are given in more detailed reading.
Each of the main topics in general medicine is presented as a mini-tutorial, using cartoons, hierarchies, and mnemonics, thus breaking down dense text into 'bite-size' chunks and creating a framework for effective learning, whether for clinical practice or taking exams. The mnemonics themselves have been devised to be relevant to the topic - the causes of atrial fibrillation follow a form of A.T.R.I.A.L. S.W.I.T.C.H.; the various causes of liver disease are T.A.B.O.O.S.
Memorizing Medicine can be used as a general medical textbook in its own right, or may be used as a bridge between standard textbooks and self-test revision guides. It is an invaluable revision aid and is equally suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate medical exams, as well as for any practising physician who wishes to refresh their knowledge.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements and Dedication
Examples of Effective Memorizing
Memorizing Medicine â€“ 6 Tips
Chest Pain; Cardiology Examination; Murmurs; Aortic Stenosis; Aortic Regurgitation; Mitral Stenosis; Mitral Regurgitation; ECG Interpretation; Tachycardia; Atrial Fibrillation; Ventricular Tachycardia; Bradycardia; Acute Coronary Syndromes; Myocardial Infarction; Management of NSTEMI, UA, and STEMI; Shock; Hypertension; Heart Failure; Cardiology Treatments; Rheumatic Fever; Infective Endocarditis; Pericardial Disease; Myocarditis; Myxoma; Cardiomyopathy; Congenital Heart Disease
Respiratory Examination; Clubbing; Cyanosis; Respiratory Failure; Respiratory Function Tests; Chest X-ray Patterns; Pneumonia; Asthma; Acute Severe Asthma; COAD; Fibrosing Alveolitis; Occupational Lung Diseases; Sarcoidosis; Bronchiectasis; Lung Abscess; Cystic Fibrosis; Pheumothorax; Pleural Effusion; Pulmonary Oedema; Lung Carcinoma; Obstructive Sleep Apnoea; Pulmonary Embolism; Pulmonary Hypertension
Abdominal Pain; Diarrhoea; Constipation; Nausea and Vomiting; Sore Throat; Oral Ulceration; Dysphagia; Haematemesis; Rectal Bleeding; Abdominal Examination; Abdominal Masses; Oesophagitis; Oesophageal Carcinoma; Peptic Ulcers; Gastric Neoplasia; Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Colorectal Carcinoma; Malabsorption; Coeliac Disease; Acute Pancreatitis; Chronic Pancreatitis; Jaundice; Liver Failure; Liver Transplant; Portal Hypertension; Oesophageal Varices; Ascites; Acute Liver Failure; Chronic Liver Disease; Infective Hepatitis; Primary Biliary Cirrhosis; Chronic Autoimmune Hepatitis; Haemochromatosis; Wilsonâ€™s Disease; Liver Tumours; Pancreatic Tumours; Gallstones
Infectious Organisms; Bacteria; Antibiotics; Viruses; Pneumonia; Food Poisoning; Gastroenteritis; Genital Discharge; Genital Ulceration; Viral Exanthema and Related; Herpes Simplex Virus; Epstein-Barr Virus; HIV; Tuberculosis; Mycobacteria; Leprosy; Syphilis; Non Venereal Treponemes; Borreliosis; Leptospirosis; Rickettsia; Malaria; Nematodes(Roundworms); Cestodes (Tapeworms); Trematodes (Flukes)
Osteoarthritis; Rheumatoid Arthritis; Seronegative Arthropathies; Septic Arthritis; Gout; Multisystemic Autoimmune Diseases; Systemic Lupus Erythematosus; Scleroderma; SjÃ¶grenâ€™s Syndrome; Autoimmune Myositis; Vasculitis; Raynaudâ€™s Phenomenon; Cryoglobulinaemia; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Collagen and Elastic-Tissue Diseases; Back Pain; Bone Cysts; Sclerosis
Headache; Acute Confusional State; Coma; Dementia; Parkinsonism; Chorea; Dystonia; Tremor; Cerebellar Disease; Blackouts; Epilepsy; Stroke; Acute Weakness; Guillain-BarrÃ© Syndrome; Hand Wasting; Walking Disturbance; Myelopathy; Anterior-Horn Cell Diseases; ALS/Motor Neurone Disease; Peripheral Neuropathy; Neuromuscular Junction Disease; Myopathy; Acute Visual Loss; Optic Atrophy; Papilloedema; Vertigo; Deafness; Facial Nerve Palsy; Neurofibromatosis; Neurocutaneous Diseases
Diabetes Mellitus â€“ Causes; Insulin â€“ Physiology; Diabetic Ketoacidosis; Diabetes â€“ HONK; Diabetes â€“ Lactic Acidosis; Diabetes Mellitus; Hypoglycaemia; Hypopituitarism; Hyperprolactinaemia; Acromegaly; Hypothyroidism; Hyperthyroidism; Goitre; Thyroid Tumours; Adrenal Insufficiency; Cushingâ€™s Syndrome; Hypermineralocorticoidism; Steroid Synthesis; Amenorrhoea; Male Sexual Problems; Male Infertility; Precocious Puberty; Delayed Puberty; Neuroendocrine Tumours; Carcinoid Tumours; Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia; Polyglandular Autoimmune Syndromes
Acidâ€“Base Balance; Hyponatraemia; Polyuria/Polydipsia; Hypernatraemia; Diabetes Insipidus; Hyperkalaemia; Hypokalaemia; Hypocalcaemia; Hypercalcaemia; Osteomalacia and Rickets; Osteoporosis; Pagetâ€™s Disease; Hyperlipidaemia; Porphyria
Acute Renal Failure; Chronic Renal Failure; Haematuria; Proteinuria; Nephrotic Syndrome; Renovascular Disease; Glomerulonephritis; Renal Tubular Disease; Urinary Obstruction; Urinary Retention; Renal Stones; Renal Enlargement/Renal Cysts; Polycystic Kidney Disease; Renal Cell Carcinoma; Testicular Tumours; Ovarian Tumours
Anaemia; Bone Marrow Failure; Aplastic Anaemia; Haemolytic Anaemia; Sickle Cell Anaemia; Thalassaemia; Folate and Vitamin B12 Metabolism; Megaloblastic Anaemia; Lymphadenopathy; Splenomegaly; Leucocytosis; Acute Leukaemia; Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia; Polycythaemia/PRV; Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia; Hodgkinâ€™s Lymphoma; Non-Hodgkinâ€™s Lymphoma; Multiple Myeloma; Paraproteinaemia; Hyperviscosity; Amyloidosis; Hyposplenism; Immunodeficiency; Haemostasis; Platelet Disorders; Purpura; Thrombosis; Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation; Haemophilias; Blood Transfusion Complications
Paul Bentley, Specialist Registrar in Neurology, Imperial College, London
5 Stars: Excellent revision book
This book is based on the nmemonic method of learning. It is an excellent revision book for finals and even MRCP. Clear, good diagrams and relevant. Highly recommended.
Amazon customer review, Oct 2007
This is a brilliant compendium of the major fields of medicine in easy-to-digest, and, more importantly, easy-to-memorize formats. Injected with wit, humour, and serious medical facts, readers will be able to ingest and digest ample amounts of knowledge.
Doody's Book Review Service
The relevance and value of this new study aid to anyone preparing for a clinical academic examination is obvious. It will be a significant tool in the collection of devices needed to support if not actually guarantee a pass grade in finals. One may recommend it without hesitation and congratulations are due to the author on his enterprise and major contribution to learning medicine.
Professor Brian McGuinness MD FRCGP, DRCOG, DCH, EFFP (retired)
The book really delivers to you the stuff you need to know without boring you.
MAD Magazine, Jan 2008
4 Stars: Absolutely amazing
What more can I say, this is an excellent book. Supplements your core clinical medicine text really well. Wonderful mnemonics throughout, highly recommended! I no longer use my notes now!
Amazon customer review, Jan 2008
There are mnemonics and acronyms galore on every page, such as 'GUCCI'S VAGINA', not to mention their corresponding images ... It is a useful aid for revision, presenting information in a grouped and organised fashion ... a visual learner should definitely benefit from this book.
Queen's Medical Magazine, Spring 2008