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  • rbrockfr - A significant improvement over 20122012 First aid was absolutely full of errata and had a fairly useless index and table of contents. Most purchasers would cut the binding and have it rebound in spiral- so that they could add notes and bookmark area to get past the poor index.

    2013 improves upon these errors completely, I cannot stress enough how much better it is than 2012.

    You need to have a clear philosophy of use when working with the First Aid series- this is not a first line resource for learning the material. Instead, I think of it as a checklist- you know that you are prepared in a particular section for the USMLE based on your ability to go through that section in first aid and recognize everything it mentioned while also being able to expand the level of detail they present.

    Another huge benefit to having First aid is that it combines common features together into memory tools. I found the list of P450 inhibitors and inducers to be a very useful example of this, these are lifesavers as study tools.

    Ultimately I'd argue that every student preparing for the boards needs a copy of First Aid, and I hope that this review has made it clear that 2013 is the (current) one to get. When combined with added notes, lots of question banks and additional books in especially big topics (pharm, micro, pathology) it will see you through the STEP 1. As a final warning though, this cannot be used as a 'monotherapy' to studying for boards, it must be used with the aforementioned resources for maximum benefit.
  • barry - Excellent book on a serious illnessI've never really known what to make of all these "For Dummies" books. With some subject matters their existence made a lot of sense. Having much personal experience with biploar I am well aware of its complexity and seriousness. It's an illness that takes much dedication to fully understand if it is for someone you care about you want to help and if you have bipolar itself it is just so much to comprehend without the proper care. Opening this book I was truly afraid that it may possibly cause more harm than good. What I found instead was a comprehensive guide to understanding an often musunderstood serious illness set up in a perfect way for any person to find some definite use from it.

    For the sufferer of biplolar it provides much in further understanding of the ilness approached in a gentle, nonjudgemental yet very informative manner. And for those seeking to help someone else it lays out what needs to be understood, why and what helps a bipolar person and what doesn't. The book is split into 7 detailed sections starting with getting to know bipolar. It does a very good job in explaining the many different ways the illness can show itself as well as the differences betweeen bipolar I and bipolar II. The book gooes into detail on how to go about getting help, how to know if the help is working and how and why medication is a major part of treating the illness. Bipolar people can have moods of strong intensity on both ends of the spectrum even when treated and there are many tools given here on how the sufferer can learn to handle the illness and mood management when dealing with other people and social situations.

    The book also is an essential tool for someone seeking to understand the illness to help another. Also by showing how to identify the signs of mood swings and rapid episodes it helps both the patient and the caregiver. Bipolar is an illness that keeps on changing moods even when being treated. The book helps patients learn to suppport themselves as well as how to ask for appropriate help from others. It also gives support to the patient when dealing with those in their life who just can't deal with the illness. Bipolar is a serious illness that needs to be understood by sufferers as well as those who care for them. The illness becomes another entity in any relationship and it doesn't need a to be a negative thing. I was very impressed with all the thorough information this book provided, found it to be very up to date and accurate and also admired what it did not do. The book strongly stated what its purpose was and provides many suggestions for further information and support. This is definitely a great introduction to bipolar but manages to provide even more than that. The illness is approached with the respect and seriousness it deserves while presenting everything in an easy to understand manner. Definitely recommended.
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