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June 25, 1982

Essential Sciences for Clinicians

JAMA. 1982;247(24):3365. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320490061050

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This book seems small but actually contains 500 pages, and initial perusal suggested that it was another compilation of second-year medical student "bridge" course material, of the sort called pathobiology or clinical-pathophysiologic correlates. All the contributors are from the University of Manchester in England, a fact that further suggests such an orientation to the textbook. The preface, however, indicates that it represents lectures from something that must be uniquely British: a basic science dayrelease course. Apparently the course has been going on annually in Manchester for a decade, "to ensure that the needs of doctors intending to specialize in surgery, anaesthesia, pathology, and obstetrics and gynecology are fully catered for."

The catering job did not seem to meet any of the usual nutritional requirements of courses with which I am familiar in American medical pedagogy. This reviewer does not claim to have read all 21 sections, but those that I