Crash Course Gastrointestinal System Updated Print + eBook edition,
Edition 4
By Megan Griffiths, MBChB(Hons), Martin Lombard, MD, MSc, FRCPI, FRCP(Lond) and Daniel Horton-Szar, BSc(Hons), MBBS(Hons), MRCGP

Publication Date: 12 Jan 2015

The (printed) ‘Updated Edition’ now comes with added value access to the complete, downloadable eBook version via Student Consult. Search, read and revise whilst on the move and use the interactive self-assessment to test your understanding. Crash Course - a more flexible, practical learning package than ever before.

Crash Course – your effective every day study companion PLUS the perfect antidote for exam stress! Save time and be assured you have all the core information you need in one place to excel on your course and achieve exam success.

A winning formula now for over 15 years, each series volume has been fine tuned and fully updated, with an improved layout tailored to make your life easier. Especially written by senior medical students or recent graduates – those who have just been in the exam situation – with all information thoroughly checked and quality assured by expert faculty advisers, the result are books which exactly meet your needs and you know you can trust.

Each provides an integrated approach to the subject by linking together topics such as anatomy, development, histology, physiology and pharmacology. This new edition also incorporates enhanced clinical coverage, with additional material on common diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and their management, clinical assessment and examination, common skills and further investigations.

Commencing with clear 'Learning Objectives', every chapter guides you succinctly through the topic, giving full coverage of the curriculum whilst avoiding unnecessary and often confusing detail. A fully revised self-assessment section matching the latest exam formats is also included.

Key Features

  • More than 100 illustrations present clinical, diagnostic and practical information in an easy-to-follow manner
  • Friendly and accessible approach to the subject makes learning especially easy
  • Written by students for students - authors who understand exam pressures
  • Contains ‘Hints and Tips’ boxes, and other useful aide-mémoires
  • Succinct coverage of the subject enables ‘sharp focus’ and efficient use of time during exam preparation
  • Contains a fully updated self-assessment section - ideal for honing exam skills and self-testing

New Features

  • Self-assessment section fully updated to reflect current exam requirements
  • Contains ‘common exam pitfalls’ as advised by faculty
  • Crash Courses also available electronically!
  • Online self-assessment bank also available - content edited by Dan Horton-Szar!
About the author
By Megan Griffiths, MBChB(Hons), Foundation Doctor, Wirral University Teaching Hospital, Merseyside, UK; Martin Lombard, MD, MSc, FRCPI, FRCP(Lond), Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, Royal Liverpool University Hospital; Senior Lecturer in Medicine, University of Liverpool, UK and Daniel Horton-Szar, BSc(Hons), MBBS(Hons), MRCGP, Northgate Medical Practice, Canterbury, Kent, UK
Book Reviews

I started to read this text with a mind set to dislike it. I have always avoided recommending ‘Crash Course’ texts to our students because I have felt that their superficial focus on assessment takes students away from comprehension towards rapid, shallow learning of lists; learning that dissipates after the exam as rapidly as it was acquired before. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised, and have certainly changed my view.

The author of the text clearly has a deep understanding of the normal and abnormal structure and function of the gastrointestinal system. He has presented the ideas very clearly and without, in the main, dumbing down. All essential ideas are covered, and covered well, and a student who studies the text alongside medical teaching and other learning should develop a solid understating that has a good chance of lasting.

Professor Stewart Petersen, Department of Medical & Social Care Education, Leicester Medical School, Leicester, UK

This is a good review of the GI system. I find it very good for revision for the topic. It is very easy and clear to read. It’s laid out in a simple to follow manner and is suitable for any level of undergraduate student. I like the questions at the end of the chapters as it helps to consolidate my learning. It is a shame that there is no online content to this book like more questions. All in all it is a superb book.

Sarah Edwards, Medical Student, Devon, UK

I think the Crash course series is an excellent revision series for students in their pre-clinical years. Obviously being as its designed as revision guide it doesn't have quite the detail that other textbooks has, but what it lacks in detail it makes up in the breadth of topics it covers. I struggle to fault it for revision purposes. I particularly like the fact it has revision questions in multiple formats, I think this is very useful for revision and testing what you actually know. I think the layout is also good, and doesn't flood you with information. The text follows a logical order basically anatomy and embryology, physiology, pathology and then pharmacology.
I've found this book to be enormous help for my mid-semester exam and I know it well help for my end of term exam. An excellent text which has very little wrong with it.

Student Reviewer, Amazon

Book details
ISBN: 9780723438588
Page Count: 214
Retail Price : £27.99
Undergraduate medical students