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Hospital physician writes third medical book

New Britain [September 29 2008] - With two books already written, Thomas Brown, M.D., a hospitalist at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, has penned a third, USMLE (U.S. Medical Licensing Exam) Step 1 Secrets second edition, published in August.

It’s the sequel to the first edition, USMLE Step 1 Secrets: Questions and Answers you will be asked on the USMLE Step 1, published in 2003 (Mosby, Inc.), both co-authored with David D. Brown, D.O. The books serve as a review for medical students preparing for the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam taken between the second and third year of school, when studies move from lecture to clinical settings.

“This book is somewhat unique since it’s case-based,” says Brown, who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients. “Many of the other review books on the market describe the material in bullet-type format and are list-like.”

Brown’s sideline venture as an author began at West Virginia University School of Medicine, from where he graduated in 2004. While a second year medical school student, a colleague asked Brown who already earned a master’s degree in molecular biology and biochemistry to edit an upcoming book’s biochemistry chapter. With the edits well received, Brown considered writing a case-based book on how to prepare for the USMLE. He sent a sample chapter to numerous publishers. Elsevier (Mosby-Saunders), which has a series of medical “secrets” books, asked him to submit a second sample chapter, leading to the books’ completion by the Browns.

Concurrently, Thomas Brown also started writing Rapid Review in Physiology, published in 2006. He had a bit more free time than other medical students, having transferred from a medical school in Ireland where he had taken similar courses.
With the USMLE book’s first edition selling well, Brown moved forward in 2006 with the more comprehensive 25-chapter second edition at more than 700 pages.

Chapter topics include cardiology, neurology, anemias, behavioral sciences, oncology, clinical anatomy and biostatistics. Many chapters are written by Dartmouth Medical School students Brown tutored while a resident at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Book visuals include diagrams, charts, illustrations and photos. It also contains “100 secrets” (principles of basic sciences related to medicine) and helpful Web sites.

“The experience was unbelievably enjoyable at the time,” says Brown. “Every spare minute that I wasn’t studying for medical school I was working on the books.”

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900, ext. 6507














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