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ashley jo powell
This book is essential to osteopathic medical students for OMM - it skips all the boring details and gets to the good stuff. The practice questions are great. What I don't understand is why they are still stuck in the 90s and not offering this as an ebook. Get on board, publishers!
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stefano garavaglia
I bought this book to study for the AOBFP boards (initial certification). I'm on Chapter 3 but so far it seems like a good review. The text is easy to understand and the questions at the end of each chapter are relevant to the covered material.
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martha fruehauf
I used this book for the OMT portion of my COMLEX. Overall the book is concise and easy to read, however, there are a couple of editorial misprints and some of the information contradicts itself from the text portion to the end of session quizzes. Good read, and would recommend it for study purposes but if something doesn't make sense, it my be a misprint.
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Have not had a chance to use this book yet but I've heard very good things about it. The book shipped directly from the store in brand new conditions. Plus it arrived 5-6 days before it was supposed to which was a major plus!
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missy kee
I bought this book back in August and it looked and was advertised as brand new. However, now that I'm preparing for boards and going through the practice Comlex exams, I was going through Comlex A and my pages go from 208 to 225. The book must have been completely rebound, but it doesn't show in the spine. I'm very disappointed to be at this stage in my board studying and not have a complete version of the book.
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scottrichard klein
This book is full of errors. I only looked at a few pages, but it made me cringe to find at least 2 errors on 2 pages (not just typos). For example, the way Savarese illustrates the superior skull moving during sphenobasilar flexion is wrong (on page 87). Also, on page 189, there is a question about the treatment to improve the symptoms of a child in respiratory distress due to an asthma attack. The correct answer claims that seated thoracic pump is the technique of choice, but this is actually contraindicated until the attack subsides.

Additionally, Savarese has never written COMLEX questions and no longer updates an error page on the book. According to my professor (who is a COMLEX item writer), Savarese's text is pretty much a bound copy of his class notes that he updated a few times (I don't think he's updated since he went into practice). So you're pretty much paying a classmate for their notes and hoping their information is right.

While there isn't a great OMT review book yet, First Aid for COMLEX is one of the better ones. Get that instead.
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jeremy taber
Used this book only to study for Level 1 and did very well in the OMT content. However, for some subjects like counterstrain and VSR, it is too brief so supplement those areas. Need to good mnemonic for VSRs and just memorize the other CS points.
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liz countryman
I needed to take the OMT practical exam for a PA unrestricted license. The book helped me to get a quick and to the point review in a very short period of time. The book lacked certain specific details, but at that point, I went to the more detailed books which wasn't a whole lot. In general, I felt the book did its job. I noticed there were a lot of anatomy info which I didn't need for the practical exam, but will be useful for quick reviews surgically speaking. I felt the book was a good buy. Thank you for your help.
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tamra dale
This is a very good book. It highlights key features of what you need to know. Provides some very useful mnemonics. Do not buy "Foundations for O.M." it is a waste of money. My roommate didn't even break the seal for hers.
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I used this text extensively to review for Level 1, 2, and 3. With minimal exposure to OMT on rotations during 3rd and 4th years, I was able to still score 727, 715, and 694 respectively. If you want questions that will be representative of what you will see on the COMLEX, this is the book. The book is definitely not comprehensive, but it provides you 90% of the content you need to know for the COMLEX in a concise, easy 300+ page read.
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eveline chao
This book has useful information for learning material that you will need to know in the classroom on on your boards.

That said, this book is riddled with errors. You have to be careful what you read, because there are typos on nearly every page.

The questions at the end of each chapter are moderately useful in asking about what you just read. However, the question blocks at the end of the book are atrociously bad. Many of the questions test your knowledge of concepts not presented in the book, so I suppose you can approach them as another learning opportunity, but as a question format they're not very helpful.

One example:
Supraventricular tachyarrhythmias that have been associated with hypersympathetic activity are most likely to arise from:
A. Right sided sympathetic fibers originating from T1-T4
B. Left sided sympathetic fibers originating from T2-T5
C. Left vagus nerve
(D and E are obviously wrong)

If you committed to memory the chart on page 104 (as you are supposed to for boards, see below) you will remember that the spinal cord level associated with the heart is T1-T5. There are 2 answer choices that fit that answer, and choice C is wrong because the vagus does parasympathetics. So you may be inclined to put B since the heart is, after all, on the left side. Well, you would be wrong, according to Savarese, as he explains in the answer explanation:

"Fibers originating on the right innervate the right heart and sinoatrial (SA) node...Left sided sympathetic fibers innervate the AV node." So the answer is A.

Very cute, but why didn't he include that information in the original text? He doesn't. Many of the questions end up this way, making for a frustrating exercise.

The one most important thing in this book, as regards to the board exams, is the chart on page 104 showing segmental sympathetic innervations. Since this chart is easily obtained from somewhere else, the value of buying this book is questionable at best. I suppose, looking back, that it might be worth it to get the book, if only just.

One thing going for this book is that it is a quick read; you can go through the whole thing at an easy pace in less than a week. Just heed my warnings about typos, errors, and the question blocks at the end are of dubious relevance.
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Product was shipped fast and arrived before Christmas in good shape. Thanks. I clicked all the stars on the rating, but one of the stars does not darken. I tried to edit it, but the stars do not come back for editing. Good job!
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