Churchill's “mastery of medicine” series continues with this simple but effective textbook. The topics are set out from a systems based outlook. So at least when attempting to learn the biochemistry of the endocrine system, I learn just that. With medical students in mind, it also provides information applicable from a clinical scenario. Which means there are far fewer pathways to learn-hoorah! Yet for me the best parts of the book were the self assessment multiple choice questions and questions with short answers at the end of each section. These not only enforced what I had learnt from the concise text and numerous diagrams, but they also allowed me to appreciate the level of understanding required for that topic. The explanations were comprehensive but easy to understand, with particular attention being paid to developing the reasoning behind specific pathway routes.
The short clinical notes at the end of each chapter