Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple

- by Mark Gladwin and Bill Trattler
  • Comprehensiveness: 5
    • Covers all of the pathogens and antibiotics that appear on Step I.
  • Yield: 3
    • Chapters are a bit lengthy to serve as review, but include some potentially useful visual mnemonics, charts, and figures.
    • Charts at the end of each chapter cover high-yield points related to individual pathogens and antibiotics.
  • Organization:5
    • Charts at the end of the pathogen chapters cover the fundamental components of the Step 1 framework related to microbiology, including clinical presentation, mechanisms, diagnosis, and treatment.
    • Charts at the end of the antibiotics chapters cover the fundamental components of the Step 1 framework related to pharmacology, including indication, mechanism of action, and adverse effects.
  • Overall: 4.5
    • It is a useful source to consult when unsure of whether one’s central text with annotations adequately covers the Step 1 framework for particular pathogens or antibiotics. Students with lower or borderline performance in microbiology may find it particularly useful to use in this manner as a supplement to microbiology questions.
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