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Kumar & Clark's Pass Finals, 2nd Edition

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This is a notes-style summary of the diagnosis and management of key diseases in clinical medicine. The concise style is especially helpful to students with limited time available for exam preparation. The book is directly linked to Kumar & Clark Clinical Medicine, with page cross references to help the reader find additional information. Information is presented as bullet point lists and short summaries. There are also practice questions in various styles at the end of each chapter, with explanatory answers at the end of the book.

Table of Contents

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New to This Edition

    • A new chapter on OSCEs (Objectively Structured Clinical Examinations), in response to increasing use of OSCEs in medical student exams

    • Examples of OSCE stations and advice on how to approach them included in all chapters

    • Increased use of line diagrams and breakout boxes for the important topics

    • X-ray images and CT scans added

    • An additional section on the newer clinical assessment tools (e.g. miniCEX)

    • MCQ questions re-written into ‘best of five’ and extended matching format

    • More self-assessment questions in each chapter

    • Oncology chapter expanded

Key Features

    • Focuses on the most important medical specialities, including cardiology, neurology, GI, and respiratory medicine

    • Introductory chapters give tips on preparing for exams and explanations of the types of questions that will be encountered

    • Important background information on pharmacology, radiology and imaging and clinical investigations is covered in discrete chapters

    • Uses a basic outline for explaining each disease – physical examination, investigations and management – summarised in a succinct and clear way

Published Reviews

    Review – U of Cardiff student



    “Has the fear set in yet? I was an absolute wreck until I read Pass Finals, and, as the title suggests, one reading of this will see you through. Although based on Kumar & Clark, the book is fantastic on its own. Whether your course is more academic than clinical or your finals are OSCE, essays, long or short case, Pass Finals teaches you, reminds you and tests you on what you need to know. Remember common things present commonly! ECGs CXRs and even how to answer questions the best way are all included. This gets an instant 5/5 for readability, quality/content and usefulness for revision. And all packed into a masterful 12 inches too!”

Author Information

    By Geoff Smith, MD, MRCP, Locum Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trusts, London, UK; Elizabeth Carty, B Med Sci, BMBS, MD, MRCP, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Whipps Cross University Hospital, London, UK; and Louise Langmead, MD, MRCP, Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

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Kumar & Clark
  • Paperback
  • 632 Pages
  • Trim Size: 5 7/16 X 8 1/2 in
  • Imprint: Saunders Ltd.
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-2877-9
  • Next Edition ISBN:
    978-0-7020-4620-9
  • Copyright: 2008