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Med in small doses is a segment, that quickly highlights the perniant features of a disease or disorder. It does not include everything and should not be used as a primary reference. Rather I hope that by showing a snapshot of the disease, you go on to find out more about it.

Where does the material in Med in Small Doses come from?
The pieces featured in Med in Small Doses, come from a collection of post-it notes I made as a revision tool throughout my preclinical years. Which explains their shortness. Also some articles you may consider in-complete (e.g. missing risk factors, clinical features), once again this is because they are a copy of my notes and as such I left out things that were obvious to me.

Information Quality
While every attempt has been made to ensure that information is up-to-date and relevant, when writing these notes I often used textbooks as sources. The situation in clinical practice maybe very different. If I make any additional ones, I will include references. If you have any amendments or suggestions you would like to make regarding a piece, please feel free to do so in the comment section.

Where possible I've included mnemonics related to that disease or disorder.


Important Abbreviations.
Each small dose of medicine uses, a common set of abbreviations which are listed below. It will also include some other disease specific abbreviations. If you don't know what something stands for don't hesitate to ask.

CF: Clinical Features.
Dx: Diagnosis.
DDx: Differential Diagnosis.
FHx: Family History
Ix: Investigations.
Pts: Patients.
Px: Prevention or Prophylactic treatment.
PATHO: Pathogenesis/Pathology.
RFs: Risk Factors.
Rx: Specifically drug treatment.
SSx: Signs & Symptoms
Tx: Treatment & Management.

Finally another useful resource is the #path140 hashtag on twitter, which summarises disease processes in 140 characters. I will occasionally include some of these as well.

In future this will provide links to all articles under their appropriate category.
  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Mental Health
  • Neurology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Immune/Toxins
  • Haematology & Neoplasia
  • Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Renal
  • Genitourinary
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Other


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