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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer; 5 edition (Jan. 12 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781788684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781788687
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 19.7 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"The important details are highlighted, preventing the reader from getting bogged down in boring, unimportant text."

"I thought it was an outstanding overview of difficult material". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is one of five in the Blueprints Series. This title presents the principles of Surgery in a succinct format that complements the structure of the USMLE Step 2 exam. It can be used as a stand-alone text for the Surgery clinical rotation, or in conjunction with other titles in the series for a comprehensive review for the USMLE Step 2 & 3 exams. The second edition of this book will include 125 clinical vignette style questions at the end of the book.

The series format is consistent for all five titles; each title presents short expositions on one of the five key clinical topics. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
this is like a 100 page book that costs....too much. A total rip of first of all. I read the other reviews for this book and i am amazed that people actually found this book useful for the step 2. on my step 2 all i got was questions from trauma in surgery, (thats a well known DONT get general surgery questions on the step 2 these days).... this book doesnt even touch trauma. plus i got lotsa orthopedics Qs, which again, are not included in this book.... i really dont understand why its even written out to be a book for the USMLE step 2. as i keep saying in all my blue prints what you want, buy what you want, but make sure you have the OBGYN and Peds blueprints books.
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By jojo on Sept. 4 2003
Format: Paperback
don't buy this copy. this is a 2nd edition book published in 2001 - the 3rd edition (released may 2003) is already out at the same price. Buy the new edition and get more for your money.
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This book contains not much of details for USMLE. Even you have very little time left and lots of topics to cram, don't think about this one.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
blue prints for surgery ( blue prints sereies) April 6 2000
By docramaa - Published on
Format: Paperback
blue prints surgery is a very good review book for surgery .it is just 113 pages which makes it very easy to study and covers the important topics tested in the usmle. has got very good diagrams and tables.not for indepth study, but good source of reveiw for the boards.i recommend this book for anyone preparing for the boards.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
High yield concise review for wards and Step 2 Jan. 22 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I did particularly well on the surgical subcategory of Step 2, and it's owed to this book. Hands down, it's the best, highest-yield 3rd/4th year review for surgical disease - including epidemiology, symptoms, signs, diagnosis, and management. Awesome for review before the big test; also useful for overview of surgical diseases during your clerkship. One small complaint: it costs lots of dollars for about 100 pages.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not that good. May 20 2006
By Ocular/Orbital Surgeon - Published on
Format: Paperback
I used many of the blueprints books during my clincal rotations in medical school. This one was by far the worst one. The information is more of a cursory overview of several topics. There is just not enough scope or detail in this book for it to be useful. I used this book in conjunction with "Surgical Recall" which is an excellent book. I also referred to the "Essential of General Surgery" book on some specific topics such as fluid and electrolyte management that are not well covered in either book.

Perhaps future editions of this book will be better.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Superficial material Jan. 22 2005
By MISHMANKA - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book was far too superficial to use as a review book for shelf exams or to obtain an adequate understanding in general surgery. I would recommend the Lawrence surgery book, which takes longer to read, but at least you are gaining a better grasp of the material.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Just not enough... May 7 2008
By jmmed - Published on
Format: Paperback
You can consider a book in two ways: (1) USMLE/shelf exam prep or (2) clinical rotation/patient exposure prep. This book fails in both respects. It is astonishingly brief, one of the smaller blueprints books in the series. It skims the surface of most surgical concepts and lacks much detail. It lacks the detail and topic coverage to be an effective textbook for exam study. As for rounds and actual surgeries, this may cover some of the topics that you will be pimped on, but you'll likely be running to up-to-date for more information. I would suggest First Aid for the Surgery Clerkship which more than prepared me for both the clinical aspects and the shelf exam or Essentials of General Surgery.