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What would have made Pharmacology better?
This is one of a series of recent Medical School audio-books from AudioLearn and I assure you these are not high yield questions. Instead, it's a reading of random facts from a pharmacology text. An audio-book should in some way augment the instruction in the medical school classroom and this does not do that. It would have been better if there was some kind of connecting structure rather this is a group of dozens of disparate chapters that might make sense to someone who already has command of pharmacology, but not someone trying to learn it. It would have helped to have rationals for the questions. Hearing the answer is false and then silence seemed weird and empty.
Has Pharmacology turned you off from other books in this genre?
Just made me wary of certain audiobooks that don't make an audiobook, rather, they make an audio reading of a print book without recognizing that without the visual help of images and words, descriptions need to be concrete and fuller. This book required someone to have a very high level command of pathophysiology and biochemistry to understand what the narrator was saying, but if someone had that command of those subjects, they probably wouldn't need this book.
What didn’t you like about Bhama Roget and Dr. John P. Sullivan ’s performance?
It felt like the I was being talked at rather than talked to. The voice was pleasant, but there was no increase or decrease in inflection, each point was as important as the last, a deadly interaction got as much emphasis as a simple fact. There are some narrators that are pleasant to listening to reading a dictionary, this is not the case here.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pharmacology?
It's not about cutting scenes, it's about creating a narrative that a student can follow, this book could have easily been six hours and much better. The author would benefit from Zinsser's On Writing Well to remove unnecessary words, passive voice, and all the things that took the life out of the book. Instead, it's a plodding volume.
Any additional comments?
There is unreliability in the content, confusing orthostatic hypo and hypertension, strange pronunciations of some terms (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) drug names that aren't really high yield or common.
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Any additional comments?
For people not too familiar with the subject of Pharmacology, this provides a good base to start from. Who knows, maybe you'll fall in love the field which is very interesting indeed!
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