Crash Course Renal and Urinary System Updated Print + eBook edition,
Edition 4
By Timothy L Jones, MBChB (Hons), Kevin P. G. Harris 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. Diseases and complaints, clerking, clinical assessment and examination, common skills and further investigations are also covered.

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 125 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 Timothy L Jones, MBChB (Hons), Emergency Medicine Junior Clinical Fellow, North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol, UK; Kevin P. G. Harris, Clinical Director Renal Services and Urology, Leicester General Hospital, Leicester, UK and Daniel Horton-Szar, BSc(Hons), MBBS(Hons), MRCGP, Northgate Medical Practice, Canterbury, Kent, UK
Book Reviews

Overall this book covers the renal curriculum very well. There is an emphasis on theoretical knowledge but also some good practical clinical information present to aid the student on clinical placement. I found this book very easy to read and intuitive in the way each section follows. I would not change this formula.

I think the current system of ‘pull out’ boxes works well and too many types of boxes may overcomplicate. For me the mix is very good.

Dr Steve Riley, Senior Lecturer in Nephrology, Cardiff, July 2009

The book certainly covers the curriculum, no doubt.

This is an impressive piece of work & if really done by a medical student then hats off to them. Well done. As noted above, it is readable & nicely laid out with good diagrams & figures.

Paddy Gibson, Nephrologist, Department of Renal Medicine, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, EDINBURGH

This is a very helpful book for revision of the complex renal and urinary systems. The book is full of diagrams, tables and flow charts which simplify learning of these difficult specialities. I feel that the basic sciences at the start of the book is more appropriate for the earlier years of medical school where I feel it would be useful for PBL cases, however, the book was also useful during my 4th year clinical attachment on the renal wards, where this book was a great revision tool.

Steve Gilchrist, Medical Student, University of Edinburgh, Jun 2009


A great series! Clearly written, great diagrams, lots of questions, great for revision. Easy to dip into and out of! A great overview of the Renal System!

A must have for all those in their clinical years and approaching finals!

Sarah Edwards, Peninsula Medical School, 27th Feb 2009

The language used is very easy to understand. The content concentrates on breadth rather than depth is therefore useful for revision……the diagrams are very clear and concise, often explaining the concepts better than the texts. Also the little ‘pointer’ boxes attracted me to useful information. I particular liked the flow charts for diagnosis.

The different ways of testing knowledge in the self assessment section is very useful.
Overall the book is very useful for revision purposes with clear, easy to understand text and diagrams with a substantial clinical section.

Fatima Rashid, University of Keele, July 2008

Never underestimate the importance of the kidney! At first glance, the renal system may not excite but this concise summary of a fairly complex system would make a useful addition to your collection of medical books. You will undoubtedly find yourself referring to this book time and again. It covers everything from the renin-angitoensin system to dialysis to prostate cancer. The book encompasses the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the renal and urinary systems in an easy to read format. Finally, as with all books in the Crash Course series, there is an extensive self-assessment section with MCQs and SAQs.

Michael Wilson, University of Glasgow, Jul 2008

Crash Course is a simple concise summary of the basics of renal physiology and pharmacology. It provides an excellent basis for last minute revision for the renal compnent of the medical curriculum or BMedSci.

Amazon reviewer, 2000

Average Ratings on Naked Truth

Content: 5/5

Readability: 5/5

Use for Revision: 5/5

Recommend to a friend: 5/5

Book details
ISBN: 9780723438595
Page Count: 154
Retail Price : £29.99
Undergraduate medical students