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Learning Medicine


  • 40 b/w illus. 5 tables
  • Page extent: 246 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.52 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521709675)

Learning Medicine is a must-read for anyone thinking of a career in medicine, or who is already in the training process and wants to understand and explore the various options and alternatives along the way. Whatever your background, whether you are school-leaver or mature student, if you are interested in finding out more about becoming and being a good doctor, this is the book for you. In continuous publication since 1983, and now in its eighteenth edition, Learning Medicine provides the most current, honest and informative source of essential knowledge combined with pragmatic guidance. Learning Medicine describes medical school courses, explains foundation years and outlines the wide range of speciality choices allowing tomorrow's doctors to decide about their future careers; but it also goes further to consider the privilege and responsibility of being a doctor, providing food for thought and reflection throughout a long and rewarding career.

• A must-read for anyone thinking of a career in medicine • Covers an entire career path, from school and university, through training and career opportunities • A witty and entertaining guide to the pros and cons of studying and practising medicine


Foreword; Preface; 1. Why medicine and why not?; 2. Opportunity and reality; 3. Requirements for entry; 4. Choosing a medical school; 5. Application and selection; 6. Interviews; 7. Medical school: the early years; 8. Medical school: the later years; 9. Doubts; 10. The new doctor; 11. Developing your career; 12. Career opportunities; 13. Privileges and responsibilities: avoiding the pitfalls; Postscript; Appendices; Index.


'… clear, excellently written … accurate, detailed and very up-to-date … allows [readers] to picture the workings of a medical school admissions department without actually dictating … what to put on their UCAS personal statement or the 'perfect' answers to interview questions … Gives a very good idea of the attitudes of … staff and students at medical school … a realistic guide which will answer most of your questions concerning entry and life at medical school and beyond. Takes you on a step by step journey through life as a medic from sixth former to retiring consultant, giving … a very good idea of whether … it is a career for you. The appendices contain useful, original information including guidelines outlining exactly what is expected of you as a medical student … highly recommended … if you're only going to buy one [book] … this should be it!'

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