(Original post by $hadow)
UPDATE 2: BOOKS & OPEN DAY AT STRATFORD
A year before applying for Physiotherapy and whilst I actually was applying I stalked TSR forums continually looking for advice about what the best books for the course were, yeah, I know what you are thinking, I was very keen... lol. I think I must have bugged `Ironmike` and a couple of the other qualified Physiotherapists like 10 times.
So, after going to numerous libraries and checking 20-50 of the most highly recommended books, I finally got all my books and would like to share them with you covering what they contain and the strengths and weaknesses. I bought 5 books (Plus 1 more - The Physiotherapist's Pocketbook: Essential Facts at Your Fingertips, but I have not got this yet, so cannot review it.), plus I will be using 3 books from my own collection to brush up on my own palpation and Soft Tissue Manipulation (Massage techniques, frictions, vibrations. trigger pointing, shaking, myofascial release, positional release and MET's), I'm not reviewing these 3 books though.
I would like to add, Physiotherapy students are provided with 1 book per a module for free, SO DO NOT RUSH OUT AND BUY BOOKS UNLESS YOU HAVE DONE YOUR OWN RESEARCH!
I brought my books because I did my research and I feel as I learn from these books easily, like how they are presented and know they can be used throughout my ideal career path.
1) Clinical Oriented Anatomy by Keith L Moore:
This book as the name suggests is all about Clinical Anatomy. Clinical anatomy is anatomy that is the most relevant to the practice of Medicine, this book is placed into regional anatomy (regional parts of the body) format and covers Thorax, Abdomen, Pelvis and Perineum, Back, Lower Limb, Upper Limb, Head and Neck.
Pros: Extremely detailed when it comes to all aspects of Clinical anatomy, while being easy to read if you understand the basics. Its colour coordinated per region so its easy to find things, it is referenced really well so it will make a great core text for essays and other assignments, the pictures are well illustrated and easy to learn from. It also contains limited Pathophysiology and clinical notes for important points which is a bonus.
Cons: Very bulky and quite heavy, you wouldn't want to be carrying it around as a quick reference text, this is core text. Quite pricey too, but thats not an issue if you borrow one from your library.
2) Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology by Frederic H. Martini:
The book is based on Systematic anatomy & physiology, which is the study of anatomy & physiology by biological systems, like Skeletal system, Muscular system, Circulatory system. This book is in my opinion the best Systematic anatomy & physiology out there at the moment.
Pros: In comparison to `Clinical Oriented Anatomy` this book is simplistic to understand but highly useful; you can literally just read it and all the information should stay in your head. Systematic anatomy & physiology is often the way most people start to learn anatomy & physiology as it is the easist way to learn (Its how I learnt through all my courses and even now partly) before moving on to clinical and regional formats. This book is also colour coordinated, making it easy to find systems with practice, its highly detailed for a systematic anatomy book, one of the most detailed I have ever seen, it also comes with a DVD that really complicates the book going into good depth and breadth, also it comes with a Student Access Card and separate Atlas of the Human body book covering real cadaver (dead bodies) illustrations for detailed reference and views.
Cons: Again this book is bulky and moderately heavy, the book does lack clinical depth when it comes to Clinical Anatomy, and does not cover Pathophysiology very much or even at all, cannot be used for quick reference. The book is also pricey
3) Clinical Sports Medicine by Brukner & Khan's:
This book is purely about Musculoskeletal treatment of clinical sports injuries, from fundamental principles of recovery, nutrition, diagnosis, rehabilitation regional problems, special groups (young people), management of medical issues (acute, ect.), practical aspects of sports medicine such as assessment protocol and special tests.
Pros: This book is just absolutely fantastic with it comes to all aspects of Musculoskeletal treatment, it covers everything you would possibly need from assessment all the way through to treatment, whilst providing the theory along the way. It is HIGHLY referenced in text so definitely useful for a reference text, it is placed into related sections with colour coding so things are generally easy to find, the books detail and illustrations are superb, it covers biomechanics which is sport specific, but can also be used for general sportsmen, provides lots of information regarding complementary treatments and has lots of physiology and anatomy relating to sports pathology. Additionally it comes with an online student guide, always nice...
Cons: This book has 1296 pages... it is by far the biggest and heaviest book I have, which is a shame as if this book was pocket size it would be fantastic, in the pros section I stated the detail and illustrations are superb, however there are some that are so detailed that they are almost impossible to practice unless you know; not only what the terms mean, but how to perform many palpatory and manipulative techniques as there is no real step by step guide which is a shame. This book does expect you know quite a bit about rehabilitation, anatomy and physiology and the principles of each, I do struggle you understand particular assessment protocols and how to perform them, and I do spend a great proportion of my time looking up words I have never seen before; but thats a pro too as personally I'm always learning from this book. HOWEVER, the book is extremely pricey, I would recommend borrowing one from the library.
4) Trail Guide to the Body by Andrew Biel:
This book in my opinion is essential for learning surface anatomy and palpation, learning how to locate bony landmarks, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves and blood supply.
Pros: Trail Guide to the Body takes you step by step how to find structures of the body, be that bony landmarks, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, arteries and veins! Its incredibly detailed when it comes to its illustrations, the text has sufficient information which is so easy to understand, the book teaches you how to palpate, what you should be looking for, how to identify structures using tests and simple touch.
Cons: The edition I have (3rd) is one behind the newest (4th) and thus it does not cover all the muscles in the body, which is slightly annoying. This book does not cover physiology at all, so you will need a separate text to use if you buy this purely for anatomy, it is not colour coded, so it is slightly annoying having to go back to the context page repeatedly to find what you wish, however it is placed into regional anatomy format so its not too bad. However you will NEED a partner for you to practice finding many of the landmarks of the body, and thus it can be hard to practice by yourself. The book is also slightly pricey.
5) Clinical Medicine by Kumar & Clark:
This book is purely based on Medical physiology and pathophysiology, it lists the most common ailments all the way through to the least common ailments known to Medicine, covering fundamentals of human genetics and cellular biology while illustrating how the body should function and system specific anatomy and physiology.
Pros: This is in my opinion the best medical physiology and pathophysiology book on the market, its detail is unbelievable, both in text and illustrations, it goes into a cellular depth all the way up to the structures and organs of all the systems in the human body. It literally covers the most common ailments all the way through to the least common ailments know to Medicine. It covers law in healthcare and medical environments, teaches you how to recognise and then diagnose from `red flags`, it teaches you about normal functioning levels of important nutrition and its implications if normal levels are not kept. Its truly a well detailed book and invaluable for learning about disease relating to all systems of the body and additionally an excellent reference. Its also colour coded.
Cons: The detail in the book is so great, it does take some time to learn the chemistry and phrases involved in certain aspects of this book, the book is also the second biggest book I have, so it is very heavy and very big, you would need a bag to carry it. You will be spending a lot of time looking up particular things the book expects you to know, like chemical structures, medical terminology etc. The book sometimes does go a bit too in depth in certain topics, especially for Physiotherapy, so it is easy to get lost in reading, but the content is great.
Stratford Open Day:
I went to the stratford open day on the 22d of June 2013 where there was a lecture about Physiotherapy and Podiatry combined, the lecture did provide some useful information that I did not know so I am thankful I attended. I will not be covering anything relating to Podiatry, as to be quite honest I turned off when the Podiatry information was presented.
Placement information & Useful information
UEL has 32-36 contracted placements available every year for student placements, thus the Cohort of UEL is between 32-36. Placements in the first year are generally kept close to the University for added support and ease of traveling for the tutors to visit you and for the students, to ease them into placements. The second year students will go out further, even out of London, but the third year students may go as far as Birmingham for private clinics contacted to UEL.
This brings me to my next point, because UEL is not contacted to the NHS and students are paying their course fees, UEL can and does include private Physiotherapy clinics for its placements! Students also get the opportunity to do an elective placement, where you can go anywhere you wish, even abroad ... if you organise it!
Students get uniforms provided free of change, and you will also get travel money for placements reimbursed, as well as accommodation money to an acceptable limit.