Crash Course Respiratory System, 4th Edition

Author By Sarah Hickin, BSc(Hons) MBBS , James Renshaw, BSc(Hons) MBBS and Rachel Williams, BSc (Hons) MBBS

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Crash Course Respiratory System



Crash Course - your effective everyday study companion PLUS the perfect antidote for exam stress! Save time and be assured you have all the information you need in one place to excel on your course and achieve exam success.

A winning formula now for over 15 years, each volume has been fine-tuned and fully updated, with an improved layout tailored to make your life easier. Especially written by senior students or recent graduates - those who understand what is essential for exam success - with all information thoroughly checked and quality assured by expert Faculty Advisors, the result is a series of books which exactly meets your needs and you know you can trust.

This volume in the essential area of respiratory medicine provides a coherent journey from basic science to clinical assessment and respiratory pathology. The careful inclusion of cross referencing and the very latest guidelines will enable you to quickly link the key aspects of science and clinical medicine in an evidence-based manner. Whether you are revising for basic science exams or are on the wards looking for clinical information with a pathophysiological focus, this new edition is for you!

New to This Edition

  • Self-assessment section fully updated to reflect current exam requirements
  • Contains 'common exam pitfalls' as advised by faculty

Key Features

  • Contains a fully updated self-assessment section - ideal for honing exam skills and self-testing Provides the exam syllabus in one place - saves valuable revision time
  • Written by senior students and recent graduates - those closest to what is essential for exam success
  • Quality assured by leading Faculty Advisors - ensures complete accuracy of information
  • Features the ever popular 'Hints and Tips' boxes and other useful aide-mémoires - distilled wisdom from those in the know
  • Updated self-assessment section matching the latest exam formats - confirm your understanding and improve exam technique fast
  • More than 170 illustrations present clinical, diagnostic and practical information in an easy-to-follow manner

Published Reviews

I think this edition of the book covers the curriculum for respiratory physiology and medicine at an undergraduate level quite adequately. The language is simple and clear. Majority of the concepts are easy to grasp and their general utility in day to day medicine is emphasized at the correct times.

Jethin Rafique, Academic Teaching Fellow in Medical Education, Brighton   

I think the overall aim of the book, to provide one text that covers the entire medical course - from beginning to end, is the right one. I think that broadly, the curriculum is covered.

Doug Corfield, Reader in Physiology, School of Medicine, Keele 

In general I feel that Crash Course: Respiratory System covers the current curriculum adequately. The title of the text, Crash Course, implies that all the information you need to pass is included (which I feel it is) but in a condensed easy to read book.

David Kennedy, Lecturer in Medical Education, Phase I MBBS Teaching & Learning Coordinator, Newcastle University

I love this series! It's clearly written, with great diagrams, and loads of questions. It's great for revision and is really easy to dip into and out of. I love the sexy pink too...

Sarah Edwards, Peninsula Medical School, Feb 2009

I think this book gets my top recommendation for learning, understanding & revising respiratory physiology and disease at an earlier level in a Medical Course (Years 1-3). It is also very good as a quick revision in later years before starting on a clinical respiratory placement. Right from the start physiological concepts are shown in relation to disease pathology - the best way to understand a disease progress and therefore its presentation and treatment. It is well laid out and written in an easy to read style. Simple diagrams help to get the concepts across very clearly. X-ray pictures are included for many diseases. Quick tip boxes remind you of take-home messages or important concepts that may have been covered previously, without needing to look back. Also includes exam-style questions to test your understanding at the end of each topic.

Robert Pallas, Cardiff University, Jul 2008

The text is well summarised, yet sufficiently detailed and easy to understand. Numerous well-drawn diagrams and tables, together with a good index, allow easy access to information. Hints and tips boxes are a good aid for revision and highlight common exam topics.
Overall, excellent, affordable book that is useful to both pre-clinical students needing introductory clinical knowledge and to clinical students wanting to revise basic sciences.

Amazon Reviewer, 2004

This book is a massive help for revision for medicine exams. It explains the concepts in a simple enough way to understand with good diagrams and pictures as well as X-ray pictures. The sections in the book are well laid out and very understandable. The self assessment questions at the end are also very well designed and good exam practice. Sometimes, however, the explanations can be a little too oversimplified.

Amazon Reviewer, 2003

"This text is useful for medical students who are looking for a revision aid for respiratory medicine. It should not be used in isolation but as an adjunct for those revising for exams. The book is laid out in a logical manner making it easy for rapid review of topics as required."

Andrew Scourfield, University College, London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, British Journal of Hospital Medicine, August 2014

Author Information

By Sarah Hickin, BSc(Hons) MBBS , F2, Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Trust, Slough, UK; James Renshaw, BSc(Hons) MBBS , F2, Whipps Cross University Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, London UK and Rachel Williams, BSc (Hons) MBBS, F2, West Middlesex University Hospital, London

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