In preparation for the practice of medicine, medical students today are called upon to integrate the basic and clinical sciences, in some cases from the first month of their curriculum. Students are often expected to complete self directed study before meeting with other students in problem-based learning groups.
This book showcases the integration of basic and clinical science necessary to prepare for medical practice. It presents the alterations of structure and function that underlie disease, along with appropriate diagnostics and therapies. The book is not intended to be an exhaustive review of each organ system’s pathologies, but rather a learning model for integrated mastery of USMLE Step 1 test systems.
The vignettes you will encounter represent the variety of core problems arising in a given system. They should be thought of as case exercises; they do not represent full clinical case presentations, but present enough information to allow you to generate a broad differential diagnosis.