Pass Finals,
Edition 3
By Geoff Smith, MD, MRCP, Elizabeth Carty, B Med Sci, BMBS, MD, MRCP and Louise Langmead, MD, MRCP

Publication Date: 05 Apr 2013
Pass Finals is a notes-style summary of the key facts to know for the diagnosis and management of important diseases. The book relates to Kumar & Clark's Clinical Medicine, and it's synoptic approach is intended to help time-poor students with revision for final exams in medicine. Information is presented as bullet point lists and short summaries. There are also practice self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter, with explanatory answers at the end of the book.

Key Features

  • Focuses on the most important medical specialities, including cardiology, neurology, GI, and respiratory medicine

  • Introductory chapters give tips on preparing for exams and explanations of the types of questions that will be encountered

  • Important background information on pharmacology, radiology and imaging and clinical investigations is covered in discrete chapters

  • Uses a basic outline for explaining each disease – physical examination, investigations and management – summarised in a succinct and clear way

New Features

  • Examples of OSCE stations and advice on how to approach them included in all chapters
  • Increased use of line diagrams and breakout boxes for the important topics
  • X-ray images and CT scans added
  • More self-assessment questions
About the author
By Geoff Smith, MD, MRCP, Locum Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trusts, London, UK; Elizabeth Carty, B Med Sci, BMBS, MD, MRCP, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Whipps Cross University Hospital, London, UK and Louise Langmead, MD, MRCP, Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
Table of Contents

1 How to pass medical finals.

2 Question types in medical finals.

3 Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).

4 Pharmacology and therapeutics.

5 Radiology.

6 Clinical chemistry.

7 Infectious diseases.

8 Respiratory medicine.

9 Cardiology.

10 Gastroenterology and hepatology.

11 Rheumatology.

12 Dermatology.

13 Endocrinology.

14 Renal medicine.

15 Haematology.

16 Oncology and genetic disease.

17 Neurology.

18 Psychological medicine.

19 Statistics and evidence-based medicine.

Appendix A. Answers to multiple choice questions.

Appendix B. Answers to extended matching questions.

Appendix C. Normal reference ranges / Normal values for laboratory tests.

Book Reviews

From reviews of the previous edition:

‘Simply, I couldn't have asked for a better guidebook than this … if you're the no-nonsense type and want to get straight to business but you need a starting point, here it is no doubt.’

‘I really liked the bullet-point layout, it makes it easy to revise from. The format was good, going through clinical symptoms, investigations, management and complications - with diagrams.’

‘Essentially, each chapter is summarised in an easy-to-read format with questions at the end of each chapter to test your knowledge. Good diagrams, and well written. Easy to pick up and use at your leisure without having to re-read reams of text. Can't think of any medical topic that isn't covered in this book. Great for cramming before exams.’

'Has the fear set in yet? I was an absolute wreck until I read Pass Finals, and, as the title suggests, one reading of this will see you through. Although based on Kumar & Clark, the book is fantastic on its own. Whether your course is more academic than clinical or your finals are OSCE, essays, long or short case, Pass Finals teaches you, reminds you and tests you on what you need to know. Remember common things present commonly! ECGs CXRs and even how to answer questions the best way are all included. This gets an instant 5/5 for readability, quality/content and usefulness for revision!'

Book details
ISBN: 9780702046209
Page Count: 542
Illustrations : Approx. 153 illustrations (98 in full color)
Retail Price : £24.99