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June 1981

Pediatric Allergy: Self-Assessment of Current Knowledge

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Chicago

 

by Edward J. O'Connell, 188 pp, with illus, $18, Flushing, NY, Medical Examinations Publishing Co Inc, 1980.

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(6):378. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650060068033

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Abstract

The author has captured a unique audience by producing this book with miltiple-choice questions and referenced answers.

In a way, he is competing in a difficult field of self-assessment in allergy because the American Board of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (ABAI) also produced self-assessment manuals in 1977 and 1980. Among the problems encountered with the ABAI questions and answers was the high cost of production, which included computerization of the answers, which decreased the probability of guessing correctly by almost 80%. Also, since the questions were derived from previous examinations, equivocal questions could be deleted and sometimes replaced by a new set of questions. Also, the total number of questions and answers was reduced, and all types of questions were categorized into four types. Furthermore, each question was critiqued so that the reader did not need an extensive library to look up the answers. The cost of obtaining the examination

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