Review of Ophthalmology, 2nd Edition by Ruchi Rai, Softcover, 4.5" x 8.5".
Peepee Publishers & Distributors (P) Ltd., 7/31, First Floor, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi - 110002, India. Ph: 9811156083, 011-23246245. E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org: Publication Date 2009. 400 pages, ISBN 81-8445-069-9. Price: Indian Rs 200.00
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It is popularly said that never judge a book by its cover. This is truly what I discovered about this book after going through it. From its cover, it appears to be just another book for PG entrance exams, but the more I read it, the more I could not help getting impressed by its meticulous approach towards the subject.
Though the book will draw interest from anyone concerned with ophthalmology, but it is specifically drafted to cater to the students preparing for PG entrance exams. Preparing for these exams is always a race against time and when time starts running out, fear multiplies faster than rabbits. It is in such stressed times, that one realizes the true potential of this book.
The book has been structured in a chapter wise manner and consists of 14 chapters covering the length and breadth of the subject. Each chapter begins with author’s notes which are true reflection of her years of experience in teaching for various entrance exams and her expertise in the subject.
The notes are concise, unambiguous and substantial elaboration has been given wherever required. The facts have been compiled in the form of points making it easy to read and the author has avoided any irrelevant information which may cause clouding of concepts. The frequent use of diagrams and mnemonics in the book makes the subject comprehensible and helps in quick revision.
This is followed by MCQs which have appeared in various entrance exams in the last few years and each such set is complemented by questions framed by the author herself making it complete.
Since it is a pocketbook, I found it convenient to carry it to clinics or even take it to my bed without much burden.
The presence of an index at the end and a mention about the respective years in which the MCQs have appeared in various exams, would have made the book virtually flawless.
The book is a must have for anyone preparing for PG entrance exams. It will be a definite aid in preparation and self assessment for them. For 3rd professional students, in addition to the fact that MCQs feature in their theory exams, this book will but only help in refining their knowledge and highlighting important concepts before the exams and therefore qualifies to be on their shopping list. But for them a prior reading of textbook is a must to extract the maximum benefit out of it. In a nutshell, it has all the makings of a bestselling book in its category and is another feather in the cap of the author.
Anshul Gupta is an M.B.B.S. Student (2006 batch) in Maulana Azad Medical College. An excellent academician, he holds interest in other areas too, including dancing and travelling. He is adept at various forms of social dancing including salsa, chacha and jive. He has been closely associated with various curricular and co-curricular activities and functions of college alumni organization ‘MAMCOS’. He can be contacted at email@example.com, and by telephone at 9871599871.
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