Pathology Secrets 3rd Edition – Ivan Damjanov
This book was prepared for medical students in the hope that they will use it as a study guide and a source of succinct information complementing other sources that have been made available to them by their professors. I also hope that the book will help them prepare for seminars and discussion groups, both in the standard medical school setting and in the new problem-based curriculum. Finally, I hope that some students will use it while reviewing the pathology material for the board examinations.
During the past 30 years, I have taught pathology in several medical schools and have thus had the privilege of interacting with many medical students. Many of them, assuming that I have gathered some experience in teaching, used to ask me how to study pathology. My usual answer was this: Try to develop your own style, find out what is the most efficient way of studying (i.e., discover whatever works best for you), and then apply this approach systematically by using all means that you have at hand.
Over the years, I learned that some medical students profit most from lectures, others from books, whereas still others need both the books and the lectures. Some students like to use atlases, whereas others like to study the pictures from the computers. Some students love to study microscopy slides and autopsy material, whereas others think that such exercises are a waste of time. In other words, there are no secret ways to learn pathology or, for that matter, anything else.
If there are no secrets to be offered on how to study pathology, what would then be a good reason to read a book titled Pathology Secrets? My answer to the astute student asking this question is simple: This book might help you see more clearly the “secret” pearls of wisdom contained in the “big books” (i.e., the prescribed textbooks of pathology), help you tackle the material presented during the course in various other formats, and help you concentrate on the “important” topics. It could also help you understand better the basic topics of pathology by presenting them from a different angle than you have seen than in the standard textbooks. In addition, because many questions in this book are answered in a concise, bulleted form, I thought that Pathology Secretscould help you acquire the essential concepts of pathology more easily and in a more systematic way than if you had to compile such an outline on your own. As an added bonus, I have also included a few mnemonics here and there and a few other tricks to help you memorize for the long term the important facts, information you could use later in the clinics.
This book contains close to 2000 questions dealing with the most important topics of pathology. Almost all these questions were classroom tested; that is, most of these questions were used in discussions with medical students. The answers provided to these questions are short and in a format that I would expect from my students attending seminars and discussion groups or in written essay—type examinations. I hope that my presentation of these answers conveys a clear message: Always cover the main topics; ignore the trivia and unnecessary details. Be systematic! Be concise! And remember: You do not have to know everything; nobody knows everything.
At the end of this Preface, I would like to acknowledge the input of all those medical students who have, in one form or another, helped me develop the Socratic course of pathology outlined here, formulate the questions, and summarize the answers. I must also acknowledge the contributions of my colleagues, or former students and collaborators from other universities in the United States and Europe, who helped me put this book together.
A twocolor page layout, portable size, and a list of the Top 100 Secrets in pathology help students and residents to better meet the challenges they face today. They will find all of the features they rely on the Secret Series For a questionandanswer format, lists, mnemonics, and tables and an informal tone that make reference fast and easy. No matter what questions arise in practice or while preparing for boards, this 3rd Edition has the answers.
Autor: Ivan Damjanov
Editorial: M o s b y