Category Archives: Book Review

Stroke & TIA Mimics

Here are the important stroke and TIA mimics: Systemic and metabolic insults: especially hypoglycemia, but also a very wide variety of other systemic insults such as infections (urinary tract infections, pneumonia) and toxins, all of which can cause re-expression of symptoms of old strokes. Peripheral neuropathies such as idiopathic seventh cranial nerve (Bell’s) palsy, peripheral vestibulopathy, and even… Read More »

Book Review: Toxicology in a Box

Toxicology in a box is a pretty cool toxicology learning tool. The box contains 154 flashcards with classic and memorable drawings of important poisonings and toxidromes. On the reverse of each card, there is additional important information about sources, classic scenarios, signs/symptoms, mechanisms of action, treatment and clinical pearls.The cards are hilarious (sometimes!) and memorable. It’s really hard to forget… Read More »

Book Review: The Bedside Dysmorphologist

The Bedside Dysmorphologist by Dr. William Reardon is a great book about diagnosing malformation syndromes at the bedside.  It is only about 300 pages long, but it is packed with essential clinical pearls. Unlike other books in the field which break things down by syndromes, this book delves into the differential diagnosis based on clinical presentations. For example, suppose one comes… Read More »

Book Review: Rapid Interpretation of ECGs in Emergency Medicine

I don’t have any electrocardiography books on my list of best medical books of all time. There are a few contenders for that spot.  One of them is Rapid Interpretation of ECGs in Emergency Medicine: A Visual Guide (2012) by Drs. Jennifer Martindale and David Brown. The book is basically a marked-up atlas of important, must-be-able-to-interpret-correctly electrocardiograms. Almost… Read More »

Book Review: Surgical Recall, 6e

Surgical Recall, 6e (2012) by Lorne H. Blackbourne MD is an 800-page handbook that is packed with very high-yield clinical information that all primary care physicians should find relevant. The book is obviously is surgery oriented, but I find its content to be extremely relevant to all major medical specialties. Solid tumors, relevant to almost every branch of… Read More »

Book Review: Board Basics 3

Despite some important limitations, this is probably one of the best internal medicine review books in existence. The book is loaded with essential and hard-to-find charts, lists, tips and Board review questions.  For example, on page 289 there is a table devoted to the mimics of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The table provides essential clinical vignettes, along with… Read More »

Media Review: OphthoBook by Dr. Timothy Root

Dr. Timothy Root’s OphthoBook, videos and flashcards are entertaining, memorable, and super high-yield. In fact, according to the book’s subtitle, it is “The funniest, cartooniest, most high-yieldiest book about eye diseases ever written” – and I agree. I consider these to be among the finest medical educational resources on the internet, and I recommend them very highly to… Read More »