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The Modern Medical Student Manual: A book review

The Modern Medical Student Manual

Jonathan C. M. Wan, Aidan C. Tan, Prannoy Chaudhuri-Vayalambrone, Benjamin Beresford-Jones, Christopher E. McMurran

Chris Lovejoy’s book ‘The Modern Medical Student Manual’ combines personal anecdote and a philosophical approach that stands out for the shortness of its nature and the uniqueness of its disposition. There is something to be said for a short guide for medical students written by a recently graduated Foundation Year doctor. While the book occasionally falls short of the easy ebb and flow of other authors in the field, and perhaps, at times, attempts to stretch beyond its reach, it more than makes up in the authenticity of its voice and the quality of its personal reflection.

An Anaesthetic Muse(um)

Image credit: Garrett Coakley

Jonathan Dauncey

Proclaiming it possesses the historical magnitude of the Natural History Museum or the g-forces created by the Typhoon Jet simulator in the Science Museum is perhaps overstepping the mark. However, the Anaesthesia Museum in London is certainly worth an hour of your time if you ever find yourself shimmying the droves of wide-eyed cash-flashers on Oxford Street. Equidistant between Oxford Circus and Regent's Park tube stations, the museum boasts over 3000 anaesthetic items from throughout the anaesthetic ages. It is a must-visit for those curious about the origins of a speciality that was conceived by plucky medics taking turns at inhaling mystical concoctions of unidentified gases that lined their 19th century labs in a quest to eliminate pain [1]

Review: Complete Revision Notes for Medical And Surgical Finals (2nd edition)

Charleen Chan Wah Hak

Initially, I had my doubts on the ambitious title of this book, which made it sound as if it were going to be an incredible task to read. Instead, it was pleasantly surprising to find it very readable with a simple layout, readable typeface, simple illustrations and a smattering of key radiographs throughout. All specialities are covered comprehensively in a system-based format, including a Public Health chapter and a Symptom control / palliative care section under Oncology.


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