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Paediatric MCQ Revision for MRCP and MRCPCH. By Jane Lucas and James Nicholson. (Pp 192; £13.99 paperback.) Butterworth Heinemann, 1997. ISBN 0-7506-3014-0. (Obtainable from: Customer Services Department, Heinemann Publishers Oxford, PO Box 382, Halley Court, Jordan Hill, Oxford OX2 8RU.)
Success in all examinations is, to an extent, dependent upon technique. This is undoubtedly true for part I MRCPaeds, and will presumably be true for the new part I MRCPCH. Knowledge is obviously essential, but so is good multiple choice technique. Any book that provides both an opportunity to gain knowledge and to practise multiple choice technique is therefore a valuable addition to a prospective candidate’s bookshelves.
Paediatric MCQ Revision for MRCP and MRCPCH consists of five practice examinations, each with 60 questions, followed by answers with explanatory notes. The format is the same as for the part I, thus allowing practice under exam conditions, and the question topics occur randomly, as in the exam. However, the main advantage of this book over its competitors is that there is both a general topic index (for example neurology) and a specific subject index (for example cerebral palsy), both of which give question number references. These indexes allow rapid identification of relevant questions when revising by topic or subject.
The standard of the questions is comparable with that of the Royal College practice papers, other MCQ books aimed at part I candidates and recent part I exams. The explanations are clear, concise, and easily understood. They present the information required to answer the questions in short and readily understood and retained paragraphs.
There are many multiple choice books currently on the market written for the part I MRCPaeds candidate and there is generally little to choose between them. However, the clear layout and quality of the explanations would make this book a valuable revision aid for the prospective part I candidate.