Crash Course Cardiovascular System Updated Print + E-Book Edition,
Edition 4
By Jonathan Evans, BMedSci, David E Newby, BA, BSc (Hons), PhD, BM, DM, DSc, MRCP, FRSE, FMedSci, FESC, FACC 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.

Commencing with 'Learning Objectives', every chapter guides you succinctly through the topic, giving full coverage of the curriculum whilst avoiding unnecessary and often confusing detail.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the western world and a common cause of hospital admission. This highly accessible guide to the cardiovascular system highlights all the essential information to provide an invaluable foundation for application to clinical practice in this most fundamental of medical specialties.

Key Features

  • Almost 160 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 Jonathan Evans, BMedSci, Medical Student, University of Birmingham, UK; David E Newby, BA, BSc (Hons), PhD, BM, DM, DSc, MRCP, FRSE, FMedSci, FESC, FACC, British Heart Foundation John Wheatley Chair of Cardiology, University of Edinburgh, UK and Daniel Horton-Szar, BSc(Hons), MBBS(Hons), MRCGP, Northgate Medical Practice, Canterbury, Kent, UK
Book Reviews

Not surprisingly for a third edition, the coverage of the curriculum is very good. I don't believe any major new sections need to be added. I like the format of the book. Most textbooks are either pre-clinical or clinical, which doesn't really suit the modern course, but here the balance is effective. The clinical application boxes are especially informative and should keep students interested.

I think the format works very well. Students have become increasingly exam-focused, which I suppose is a reasonable response to ever more assessments, and take to a book which reflects this. I think the Crash Course format does well in giving more than just a condensed textbook.

Julian O.M. Ormerod, British Heart Foundation Clinical Fellow, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Medical School University of Birmingham

Crash Course Cardiovascular System is one of the "basic science" titles in the series. It is fairly well written and is clearly presented. The figures are good and in general are appropriate. There is good coverage of many of the topics covered in our Glasgow curriculum.

Andrew C Rankin, Professor of Medical Cardiology, BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Glasgow

This book is easy to read. Objectives are clearly displayed at the start of the chapter which is very helpful as it allows the reader to make goals for the reading.

Diagrams are clear. They are easy to understand and are very informative.

The order- starting with anatomy, and proceeding to physiology and then on to pathology- is good. This book is a good revision aid for junior medical students.

Sparsh Prasher, 3rd year medical student, University of Glasgow

From the title it's difficult to comprehend whether this title is aimed at preclinical or clinical students. The truth is, there's content for both. Part I is Basic Medical Sciences, which even includes a bit of embryology and biochemistry. Part II includes guides to taking a history, examination, investigations and imaging. The MCQs, EMQs and SAQs at the end cover the two parts evenly. The highlight of the book is the chapter on common presentations of cardiovascular disease. In addition to lists of diagnoses by system and features of common complaints, there is a diagnostic algorithmic for central chest pain. The book is remarkably small and light despite containing a breadth of information.

Dominic Haigh, University of Birmingham, 2009

I absolutely love this book and the series of Crash Course books. I am currently studying for the nurse practitioner award it is an invaluable tool to the system of cardiology. Assisting in drug therapy and understanding the nature of drugs and modes of action and useage assists in daily practice. I would recommend this book to everybody who deals with patients and their symptoms.

Mature Nursing Student, Amazon 2003

Average Ratings on Naked Truth

Content: 4/5

Readability: 5/5

Use for Revision: 4/5

Recommend to a friend: 4/5

Book details
ISBN: 9780723438601
Page Count: 164
Retail Price : £27.99
Undergraduate medical students