250 Cases in Clinical Medicine 4th Edition by R R Baliga, A new, fully updated edition of Baliga’s very popular collection of short cases arranged by clinical area, emphasising the key diagnostic features of clinical conditions as commonly presented in the short-case part of the Final MB and MRCP examinations.
250 Cases in Clinical Medicine 4th Edition by R R Baliga
Instruction: this allows the candidate to know what sort of instruction or command may be expected from an examiner.
Salient features: this section includes important features in each case including aspects in history, physical signs, guidelines on how to proceed when faced with these signs and what to tell the examiner, in order to satisfy the examiner that the candidate is ‘safe and sound’ to be a competent clinician.
Diagnosis: most candidates are unable to present their diagnosis in a succinct manner, although they are able to elicit the clinical signs. This heading has been included to help candidates to present their diagnosis in a crisp and confident fashion.
Questions: this section supplies the questions (with answers) that a candidate can expect in a given case. These are also useful for the viva component of the examination.
Endnotes: many of the cases have endnotes giving historical aspects relevant to that particular case, and some have key review references. Although examiners will not deduct marks for ignorance of things that have little relevance to patient welfare, candidates who know the facts can expect a congratulatory glow to pervade the examiner, so that the rest of the questions may be softened accordingly.
Also included are likely instructions or commands expected from the examiner for each condition, and the key points which the candidate must tell the examiner. A must-have for the final-year undergraduate and trainee doctor.
‘This book is the most useful guide that money can buy for the final exams in the current MBChB undergraduate course. It covers important areas of clinical medicine in a question based format and highlights classical scenarios. The questions raised are classical of examiners in the long and short case examinations. This is a must buy for any undergraduate medical student!!!’
‘The book is a must during the period that the young doctor or student is on the wards. It allows one to focus on the important physical findings and the relevant clinical pearls associated with the different medical conditions met… It discusses important physical findings and their diagnostic importance. I have found it useful in preparing for attending ward rounds and also for sharpening my clinical skills. The discussion section is well organised such that undergraduates as well as postgraduates can benefit and the material is up to date with good references for further reading.’