Triad Posting Books

Well, some friends have been asking " What books should I get for Triad posting, so I figure it's better if I post this recommendations (based solely on my very own opinion - thus not liable for any brain damage, etc)
  1. ENT
    • Hall & Colman's Diseases of ENT
      This is a decent book with a fine introduction. I find that the initial parts were rather good, teaching on the audiogram. It striked a balance between Lecture Notes in ENT and Dhingra's Diseases of ENT, which I will explain later. However, this book was last published in 2000, which was the main factor I would not recommend (and I did not have this book either) but nevertheless I'm fine with it. If you want to go through the ENT posting with one book, this should be fine too.
    • Lecture Notes Series : Diseases of the ENT
      This is the book with the best explanation of anatomy with its clear diagram. Readers may find themselves finishing the book in 1 week (or 2 or more, depending on your reading speed) and master the basic concepts in ENT. This book takes the shortest time to finish compared with the rest, but lack in depth of management. Overall, this book allows to familiarize with ENT disorders before you proceed with other books with more details (Dhingra, example). However, the objective in ENT posting is to recognize when to refer, thus this book should theoretically suffice for medical students.
    • Dhingra's Diseases of the ENT
      I would recommend this book as a supplement, plus with the fact that this book is just RM30 or slightly more, depending you had the Pakistan or the India version. It's cheap, but do not confuse cheap with the amount of content inside. It packs a lot of punches (information) enough to kill you if you desire to use this book as the main textbook. This book is meant for India's ENT posting of 2 months duration, so UKMMC's 3 weeks may prove to be hard to swallow this book. This book is generally catered for students who are familiarized with ENT's anatomy and physiology, as the description on this book was not made any simpler, and some diagrams may be too confusing. Otherwise, the management in this book is rather concise, even suitable for Master's students in ENT. Rm30 for a supplement? This book is worth a buy.
  2. Ophthalmology
    • Ophthalmology at a Glance
      This is a book which I personally recommend to all. Each topic is spread in 2 pages side by side, with diagrams of anatomy, physiology and disorders on the left, and the explanation of the most common diseases on the right. It's concise and easy to read, with 100+ pages, making it one of the thinnest book available, making up as a decent atlas and text
    • Ophthalmology: An Illustrated Color Text
      I did not use this book, but I find that some pathological explanation is available here which is not in Opthalmology at a Glance. No book is perfect, but this and At a Glance has both its pro and cons. However, the presentation wise, this book lacks the 2-page spread where I'd preferred. Buy both books if you had the cash, but I'll recommend you choosing one of these two.
    • Lecture Notes of Ophthalmology (3rd ed)
      Unlike its counterpart in ENT, this book is different in the sense that it is more detailed and explains the disorders by anatomical parts (sclera, cornea, etc), which may not be good for differentials. It lacks the explanation on systemic diseases aspects on ophthalmology, and generally not recommended unless you want to collect the whole Lecture Notes series.
    • Note: This book is good provided you have the time to finish reading it.
    • Ophthamology In Focus
      A small pathological atlas for ophthalmology. It comes in handy if you're in the clinics, to have a quick refer before you do some fundoscopy on the patients. There's some brief facts, but not recommended as a main text.
    • Kanski Clinical Ophthalmology: A Systematic Approach (5th/6th ed)
      This is the father of all ophthalmology texts. There's one for every Ophthalmology masters student and in the clinics. I'm not asking you to buy this, but it is a good reference. This book is the size of Kumar and Clark medicine book, so I doubt anyone is sane enough to finish this in 3 weeks time. There are a few available in the library. While the clinics and masters students use the 5th edition, I personally prefer the 6th edition because it is newer. :P
  3. Anesthesiology
    • Lecture Notes of Anesthesiology
      There's not much choices here, as this is the sole book everyone carries. You can read from start till the end or request some teachings from the doctors. The results is the same. What is more important is you observe the anesthesiology procedures in the OT and know how to describe them, and know all the drugs(along with the dosage for exam purposes) used in the hospital for your OSCE exams.
    • Do note that this book may not be sufficient for exam purposes. Past year questions have asked on the choice of anesthesia or post-op pain relief for each operation, which may not be in this book. Therefore, sourcing for external reference may be a wise choice after all.
So that's all from me, hope this could help! :P

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