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Fazal-I-Akbar Danish. Radcliffe Publishing, 2010. ISBN-13: 9781846194214. Contains 272 pages. Price 00a324.99The book is laid out by specialtye.g. cardiology, rheumatology, psychiatry etc. There are additional chapters covering ENT, paediatrics and a chapter dedicated to the differential diagnosis of ECGs.The preface of the book defines the intended audience as those sitting the MRCP (UK) (both Part I and Part II) and FCPS (Pakistan) (Part II) examinations. Indeed the author is a graduate from Army Medical College in Pakistan, but currently working in the UK. His four other contributors all currently practise medicine in Pakistan. Therein lies what is perhaps the key weakness of a book like this, namely the environment in which medicine is practised. Whilst some things remain the same, one can expect to see different presentations of familiar illnesses and entirely different disease states practising in Pakistan as compared to New Zealand.There is a much greater infectious disease flavour to the differentials for example the first item on the list for cDiarrhoea alternating with constipationd is cIntestinal TBd, and the third cChronic amoebic dysenteryd. Even bulbar polio merits a mention as a differential for bulbar palsy.There are some good points to the book; the various lists can prompt consideration of a broader range of differentials for the challenging diagnostic dilemma and the ophthalmology chapter is particular useful for the various eye signs.The index whilst a lengthy 11 pages, had me frustrated by the absence of hypocalcaemia, a topic eventually located in the nephrology chapter amongst the other electrolyte disturbances.Overall whilst an impressive collection of lists and cdifferentialsd, and with an admirable chapter on ECG differentials, this book is difficult to recommend to those in New Zealand who may be studying for examinations such as the FRACP. This is not only because of the different diagnoses to be seen in medical practise here but also because of the different focus of the FRACP vs MRCP examination. Instead local candidates would be better directed to a book such as Examination Medicine: A Guide to Physician Training (6th Ed.)recently reviewed in this journal.1 Simon Dalton Advanced Trainee, Respiratory Medicine and Infectious Diseases Christchurch, New Zealand

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Fazal-I-Akbar Danish. Radcliffe Publishing, 2010. ISBN-13: 9781846194214. Contains 272 pages. Price 00a324.99The book is laid out by specialtye.g. cardiology, rheumatology, psychiatry etc. There are additional chapters covering ENT, paediatrics and a chapter dedicated to the differential diagnosis of ECGs.The preface of the book defines the intended audience as those sitting the MRCP (UK) (both Part I and Part II) and FCPS (Pakistan) (Part II) examinations. Indeed the author is a graduate from Army Medical College in Pakistan, but currently working in the UK. His four other contributors all currently practise medicine in Pakistan. Therein lies what is perhaps the key weakness of a book like this, namely the environment in which medicine is practised. Whilst some things remain the same, one can expect to see different presentations of familiar illnesses and entirely different disease states practising in Pakistan as compared to New Zealand.There is a much greater infectious disease flavour to the differentials for example the first item on the list for cDiarrhoea alternating with constipationd is cIntestinal TBd, and the third cChronic amoebic dysenteryd. Even bulbar polio merits a mention as a differential for bulbar palsy.There are some good points to the book; the various lists can prompt consideration of a broader range of differentials for the challenging diagnostic dilemma and the ophthalmology chapter is particular useful for the various eye signs.The index whilst a lengthy 11 pages, had me frustrated by the absence of hypocalcaemia, a topic eventually located in the nephrology chapter amongst the other electrolyte disturbances.Overall whilst an impressive collection of lists and cdifferentialsd, and with an admirable chapter on ECG differentials, this book is difficult to recommend to those in New Zealand who may be studying for examinations such as the FRACP. This is not only because of the different diagnoses to be seen in medical practise here but also because of the different focus of the FRACP vs MRCP examination. Instead local candidates would be better directed to a book such as Examination Medicine: A Guide to Physician Training (6th Ed.)recently reviewed in this journal.1 Simon Dalton Advanced Trainee, Respiratory Medicine and Infectious Diseases Christchurch, New Zealand

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Method

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Fazal-I-Akbar Danish. Radcliffe Publishing, 2010. ISBN-13: 9781846194214. Contains 272 pages. Price 00a324.99The book is laid out by specialtye.g. cardiology, rheumatology, psychiatry etc. There are additional chapters covering ENT, paediatrics and a chapter dedicated to the differential diagnosis of ECGs.The preface of the book defines the intended audience as those sitting the MRCP (UK) (both Part I and Part II) and FCPS (Pakistan) (Part II) examinations. Indeed the author is a graduate from Army Medical College in Pakistan, but currently working in the UK. His four other contributors all currently practise medicine in Pakistan. Therein lies what is perhaps the key weakness of a book like this, namely the environment in which medicine is practised. Whilst some things remain the same, one can expect to see different presentations of familiar illnesses and entirely different disease states practising in Pakistan as compared to New Zealand.There is a much greater infectious disease flavour to the differentials for example the first item on the list for cDiarrhoea alternating with constipationd is cIntestinal TBd, and the third cChronic amoebic dysenteryd. Even bulbar polio merits a mention as a differential for bulbar palsy.There are some good points to the book; the various lists can prompt consideration of a broader range of differentials for the challenging diagnostic dilemma and the ophthalmology chapter is particular useful for the various eye signs.The index whilst a lengthy 11 pages, had me frustrated by the absence of hypocalcaemia, a topic eventually located in the nephrology chapter amongst the other electrolyte disturbances.Overall whilst an impressive collection of lists and cdifferentialsd, and with an admirable chapter on ECG differentials, this book is difficult to recommend to those in New Zealand who may be studying for examinations such as the FRACP. This is not only because of the different diagnoses to be seen in medical practise here but also because of the different focus of the FRACP vs MRCP examination. Instead local candidates would be better directed to a book such as Examination Medicine: A Guide to Physician Training (6th Ed.)recently reviewed in this journal.1 Simon Dalton Advanced Trainee, Respiratory Medicine and Infectious Diseases Christchurch, New Zealand

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