Fast Facts: Early Breast Cancer: “This book provides an excellent overview in the management of early stage breast cancer – from triple assessment diagnosis to treatment and follow-up. The quick guide also includes risk factors, pathophysiology, screening and symptomatic presentation. The breast patient assessment questionnaire template is particularly useful for providing clear detailed information to any health care professional working/studying in the field of breast screening, diagnosis and treatment – such as breast specialist nurses, radiographers, physician associates, as well as radiologists and GP’s. I would recommend this book to any health care professional studying/working at an advanced/consultant level practice; they will find this book a valuable quick reference guide.”
Yasmeen Malik, Education Manager & University Collaborative Partner, The Jarvis Breast Centre, Guildford, 2017
Fast Facts: “... an extremely helpful series in fast-moving areas of science.”
Natasha Loder, Healthcare Correspondent, The Economist, 2017
Fast Facts: Depression, 4th edn: “I was really impressed by this guide. There’s so much information – I really hope it reaches the people who need to read it.”
Professor David Haslam CBE, Chair, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 2017
Fast Facts: Depression, 4th edn: “Short, informative chapters with a useful roundup of key facts at the end. Packed with facts and figures for anyone undertaking a study into the area and a helpful guide for anyone dealing with depression in a clinical or caring setting.”
Fiona Curnow, Psychodynamic Counsellor and Therapist, Mst Psychodynamic Practice, The University of Oxford, 2017
Fast Facts: Pancreas and Biliary Tract Diseases: “A very well-written consensus, useful for both postgraduates and practicing gastroenterologists. I strongly recommend this book to all clinicians seeing patients with gastrointestinal problems.”
Dr D Nageshwar Reddy, Chairman and Chief of Gastroenterology, Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, India, 2017
Fast Facts: “As a consultant with urgent deadlines, I need to get up to speed with new therapy areas rapidly. I need the facts and I need them fast. ”
David Bennett, Rare disease consultant
Fast Facts: Parkinson's Disease 4th edn: “PD carries great disease burden and this book is a highly useful concise guide on this. It is condense enough to serve either as an introductory guide or an accessible guide for healthcare professionals or caregivers, depending on the level of information required. It is written in a narrative style that is easy to read. The chapters are in a logical sequence and it is possible to refer at a glance. Information is presented under a good number of subheadings which makes easier navigation in comparison to some other alternative larger books which contain continuous text.”
Highly Commended Category, BMA Awards 2017
Fast Facts: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: “I would recommend this book to any healthcare professional with a basic understanding of lung cancer but keen to learn the latest developments in a few hours. This book is concise, easy to read, up to date and addresses almost all the key areas in clinical management of non-small cell lung cancer. Any healthcare professional with a basic understanding of the therapy area, looking for a source to act as a foundation for up-skilling with the latest developments should look no further.”
Highly Commended Category, BMA Awards 2017
Fast Facts: Depression, 4th edition: “ … lots of good tips and guidance”
Siobhan Merrifield, Association for Post-Natal Illness
Fast Facts: Metastatic Prostate Cancer for Patients and their Supporters: “While the information is familiar, it is so clearly presented. It really helped to crystallize and clarify the key points – very useful.”
Anne Davies, Myeloma patient, UKFast Facts: Chronic and Cancer Pain, 4th edn: “One in five of us will experience chronic pain, yet pain education for healthcare professionals is inadequate. Patients have been calling for this situation to change, then along comes this Fast Facts title by two leading experts, delivering in 192 pages the basic knowledge that you would want your doctor to have when you need their help. If every healthcare professional read this book, it would slash suffering and revolutionise patient care!”
Heather Wallace, Pain Concern UK
Fast Facts: Ovarian Cancer: “A lovely balance of detail and simplicity ... a concise, comprehensive and accessible update on the management of ovarian cancer, with a nice balance of perspectives from either side of the pond.”
Mr Andy Nordin, Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist, President of the British Gynaecological Cancer Society, UK
Fast Facts: Ovarian Cancer: “A comprehensive go-to guide on ovarian cancer for clinicians, covering everything from the origins of the disease through treatment and recurrence. It's required reading, particularly given how frequently this cancer can be misdiagnosed.”
Katherine Taylor, Chief Executive, Ovarian Cancer Action, UK
"Fast Facts: Prostate Cancer, 9th edn: does what it says on the cover and does it very well. The book provides short yet detailed coverage of the key aspects of prostate cancer, making it easy to pick up for a quick refresh. As a medical student new to Urology, I plan to use this as a reference tool during prostate MDT’s.”
Jack Bowyer, medical student at King’s College London
Fast Facts: Prostate Cancer, 9th edn: “If you are a clinician and you’re going to read only one easy-to-read book about prostate cancer, make it this one. Then lend it to those patients who wish to know more.”
Dr Inderbir S. Gill, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, USA
Fast Facts: Metastatic Prostate Cancer for Patients and their Supporters: “An extremely valuable resource for each and every man who suffers from advanced prostate cancer, and for his family. This readily understandable and beautifully illustrated workbook will enable patients to become more closely involved in the key treatment decisions that are needed to maintain control of this devastating and debilitating disease.”
Professor Roger Kirby, Vice-President, Prostate Cancer UK
Fast Facts: Metastatic Prostate Cancer for Patients and their Supporters:“An abundance of information, presented well.”
Rudolph M Navari, Professor of Medicine, University of Alabama, USA
Fast Facts: Metastatic Prostate Cancer for Patients and their Supporters: “A well-written resource that addresses important questions for patients with prostate cancer once it has spread, highly recommended.”
Dr Bernardo L Rapoport, Medical Oncologist, Johannesburg, South Africa
Fast Facts: Metastatic Prostate Cancer for Patients and their Supporters: “This book is packed full of useful information that advanced prostate cancer patients need to consider. It is clearly set out and will be very helpful for all those going through treatment.”
The Urology Foundation, UK
Fast Facts: Myeloma for patients and their supporters: "The layout and language is very good. It is easy to read, easy to find a section quickly and will be a great adjunct to the library of patient resources. Presenting information in a different way like this gives patients a greater chance of finding a publication that suits them best."
Jo Gardiner, Myeloma Support Nurse, Myeloma Australia,
Fast Facts: Myeloma for patients and their supporters: "An excellent publication for both newly diagnosed and existing myeloma patients. It is surprisingly short given the wealth of comprehensive information, and it is in an easily readable format. It will help you understand the condition and have a more meaningful discussion with your haematologist and support team. I cannot recommend it more highly."
Alan Chant, myeloma patient, UK, November 2016Fast Facts: Myeloma for patients and their supporters: "This is an excellent patient information source. It offers clear and concise information on the diagnosis of myeloma and the effects that untreated myeloma has on the patient. It also explains various treatments and the management of myeloma."
Anne Marie Kelly, Lead Haematology Clinical Nurse Specialist,
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, UK, November 2016
Fast Facts: Myeloma for patients and their supporters: "A very clear explanation of a very complex illness with many treatment oiptions. Beautifully illustrated and written clearly by an internationally recognized authority who contributes much to research in this area."
Professor Karol Sikoro, Dean, University of Buckingham Medical School
and leading oncologist
Fast Facts: Myeloma for patients and their supporters: "An excellent, succinct and accurate booklet for patients with myeloma. It is short and to the point. I recommend it highly."
Shaun R. McCann, Professor Emeritus of Haematology and Academic Medicine, St James' Hospital and Trinity College Dublin, November 2016
Fast Facts: Myeloma for patients and their supporters: "Nice and colourful and broken down into small enough chunks to be accessible. I'm impressed."
Dr David Walker, Consultant Rheumatologist, November 2016
Fast Facts: Hypertension, 5th edn: “Worldwide, raised blood pressure is estimated to cause 7.5 million deaths from cardiovascular diseases, about 12.8% of the total of all deaths, which is shocking considering that with simple preventive or treatment measures, many of these stroke and heart attack deaths could be avoided. Better investigation and treatment of high blood pressure, and better self-management by patients, is vital for identification and management of the condition. This updated edition is essential reading for any health professional, not just specialists, and takes into account the latest recommendations in home monitoring and guidance on resistant hypertension.”
Katharine Jenner, CEO Blood Pressure UK, October 2016
Fast Facts: Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer: "The last five years have brought significant advance in the treatment options for this disease. Written by experts, this book is an excellent primer for both healthcare professionals and patients who want to know more."
Professor Karol Sikoro, Dean, University of Buckingham Medical School and leading oncologist, October 2016
Fast Facts: Diagnosing Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma: "This easy-to-read guide, replete with classic histopathologic and clinical images, renders an otherwise complicated subject matter approachable for all levels of trainees. Fast Facts: Diagnosing Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma presents a comprehensive overview of the most up-to-date information in the field in an accessible manner, making it a must-have resource for Dermatology and Pathology residents alike!"
Dr Sara Berg, Resident, Department of Dermatology and Dermatopathology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, October 2016
Fast Facts: Schizophrenia: “… a conspectus of exceptional quality on this, the most severe of mental illnesses. Although I have treated and studied schizophrenia since the advent of chlorpromazine, I have rarely encountered such a compact storehouse of easily assimilated information on this diverse syndrome. Most of the contents will be understood by today’s doctors. But there are many parts that will also help carers and families, an unusual asset ... For day-to-day clinical practice and teaching, I was delighted to find a coloured diagram of the brain showing those cortical and white matter areas where delusions and hallucinations are now known to have their origin … A concise exposition is given of drug treatment according to the stage of the disorder, but also a most welcome emphasis on psychological and social treatments, both conspicuously underused in most services. To the authors’ further credit, the book is drawn to an end with an account of early intervention and prevention. This book is an eximious asset.”
Scott Henderson AO FRACP FRANZC, National Institute for Mental Health Research, Canberra, for the Medical Journal of Australia,
Fast Facts: Schizophrenia: “An impressive, punchy, easy-to-read, up-to-date and informative little book on all pertinent aspects of schizophrenia. It is best suited for GPs, students, trainees and the general public, or as a quick reference for specialists.”
Dr Erik Monasterio
Clinical Director, Forensic Psychiatrist and Senior Clinical Lecturer
Univeristy of Otago
Fast Facts: Prostate Cancer: “This book brings together a quick and easily read, but remarkably comprehensive, overview of the ‘state-of-the-art’ for prostate cancer. It is an excellent summary and will be useful for clinicians of all professions who are involved in the diagnosis and management of patients with this disease. The presentation is outstanding. It can be read in one sitting and represents a suitable text for all clinicians, and a suitable refresher and reminder for senior clinicians managing prostate cancer patients. It is remarkably up to date for a summary text of this kind.”
Professor Peter Selby, President
Association of Cancer Physicians
Fast Facts: Liver Disorders: “Very nice to have the little checklist tables and clinical biochemistry figures to hand for each condition. I’ve found it very useful when putting together teaching for undergraduates and also for this next mooc on liver transplantation we are currently developing. It’s set out really clearly so the scientists we teach can follow it as well as the clinicians.”
Dr Patricia F Lalor, Senior Lecturer
University of Birmingham
Fast Facts: Hypertension: “This book clearly emphasizes the recent developments and is an important tool for both high-level clinicians and those working in grassroot-level facilities.”
Dr Mengistu Asnake, President
World Federation of Public Health Associations
Fast Facts: Ophthalmology: “This would be a great companion for doctors and nurses in a primary care setting. It would help them to quickly check what they need to assess if a patient presents with an ocular issue, and also which presentations they should be referring to an ophthalmologist. Medical students would find it useful as well. It is well presented and easy to follow.”
Mrs Rupal Lovell-Patel, Course Leader for Optometry & University Teaching Fellow
Anglia Ruskin University
Fast Facts: Glaucoma: "Another great book! A really useful guide to glaucoma with lots of photos, diagrams and easy-to-read information. With each section broken down this book is accessible for all levels."
Alice Gravett, Optometry Student
Fast Facts: Breast Cancer: “A good reference book, suitable for a wide audience including allied health professionals such as radiographers, as well as students.”
Yasmeen Malik, Education Manager
The Jarvis Breast Centre
Fast Facts: Breast Cancer: "The book has proved to be very popular with students."
Stephanie Woods, WHIT UG Centre & Placements Manager (O&G)
University College London
Fast Facts: Hypertension: "An important and significant contribution to, and resource for, the field. The information presented is spot on and highly accurate. Hypertension remains a global crisis and having a high-quality factual guide such as this establishes a platform for implementing simple yet impactful evidence-based guidelines in primary care."
The World Hypertension League
Fast Facts: Hypertension: "a useful tool for nursing staff in the primary care setting. The format is clear, concise and to the point, and the tables and illustrations are very relevant to the management of Hypertension. I would recommend this book to nurses working in the primary care/general practice setting as a good reference guide for the care of patients with hypertension."
Debbie Limb, University Teacher
Fast Facts: Ophthalmology: “An excellent book providing well-summarized and easily accessible information. The key points and sections on referral urgency are particularly useful. An invaluable guide for students and practitioners alike.”
Alice Gravett, Optometry student
Fast Facts: Hypertension: "a helpful and accessible book on a very important public health issue. The emphasis on non-pharmacological interventions as well as medical treatment is to be welcomed."
Dr Andrew Furber, President
Association of Directors of Public Health, UK
Fast Facts: Schizophrenia: "This is great. I'm especially pleased to see discussions around significant differences between ICD and DSM, which I think often goes overlooked. A valuable and accessible resource, not only for clinicians working in mental health care, but for anyone interested in current scientific understanding of this common and distressing illness."
Nathan Filer, Author of The Shock of the Fall
Fast Facts: Multiple Sclerosis: "a first-rate source of information for neuro-physiotherapists and all health professionals dealing with people with multiple sclerosis.”
Mariella Graziano, President
Association of Physiotherapists in Parkinson’s Disease Europe
Fast Facts: Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasias: “a very good overview suitable for a broad audience. It can be used as a quick reference guide for those working in the field.”
Dr Lee Greenberger
Chief Scientific Officer, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Fast Facts: Ophthalmology: "This book should prove a useful companion for any doctor, optometrist, ophthalmic nurse, or other health professional working in primary care. Chapter one gives a practical technique for the history and examination at the primary level. The subsequent chapters provide succinct overviews of the common eye problems that are likely to be encountered, with key points summarized at the end of each chapter. Dr Simcock and Dr Burger are to be commended for giving us such a useful and practical aid for primary eye care."
Professor Colin Cook MBChB DO MPH FRCOphth FCS(Ophth)SA
Mauerberger Chair of Ophthalmology, University of Cape Town
Head, Division of Ophthalmology, Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Children’s Hospital
Fast Facts: Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasias: “Our members find these books very useful references. The diagrams and tables are their favourite aspects of the books, and for the most part the content correctly identifies and clearly explains the key aspects of each topic.”
Nicholas Heberlein on Fast Facts Parkinson’s Disease 4e and
Fast Facts: Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasias
Australian Medical Students’ Association
Fast Facts: Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasias: “This book gives a thorough but concise explanation of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of myeloma, plasma cell dyscrasias and related disorders. It is a great resource to refer to when working with patients to help understand the consequences of their specific diagnosis and treatment.”
Support Services Coordinator, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand
Fast Facts: Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasias: “a comprehensive yet accessible handbook about myeloma and other plasma cell disorders, pitched at a good level for primary care practitioners, junior doctors and allied health care professionals.”
Scientific and Medical Education Specialist, Myeloma UK
Fast Facts: Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasias: “Very good reading, with easy-to-follow information.”
Myeloma Clinical Nurse Specialist
Haematology & Transplant Department, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Fast Facts: Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasias: “The latest addition to the Fast Facts series on multiple myeloma is a very welcome addition. The two authors, who are highly respected myeloma physicians, have produced a very clear, well-written and up-to-date review of myeloma and associated disorders. The diagrams, tables, illustrations and key points at the end of each chapter make the book easy-to-read and a welcome introduction to a complex disorder. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone new to the field including medical students, junior doctors, chemotherapy trained nurses, and to anyone keen to learn more about myeloma. This book provides an excellent grounding in the field.”
Professor Graham Jackson
Professor of Clinical Haematology, Newcastle University
Fast Facts: Chronic and Cancer Pain: “This is a compact, succinct and practical book covering the essentials of assessing and managing pain. … [it] will be a positive addition to any practitioner's bookshelf.”
Dr Bronwyn Thompson
Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Otago
Fast Facts: Chronic and Cancer Pain: "a phenomenal read ... I would personally recommend this to any budding medical student with a passion in chronic cancer pain!"
Treasurer, New South Wales Medical Students’ Council
Fast Facts: Obesity: “… a comprehensive resource in a concise format … This little book is a useful desktop resource to be read alongside the latest NICE guidance, ideal for those of us working in primary care, but also those in secondary care who are interested in this topic."
Professor Mike Kirby, Trends in Urology & Men's Health
"[Fast Facts: Diabetes Mellitus] is an excellent review of the basics of diabetes mellitus. It is a good read for medical students and motivated patients.
Dr Colleen Majewski, University of Chicago Medical Center, USA,
for Doody's Review Service, May 2014
Fast Facts: Lymphoma: "Valuable and well-written."
Lecturer, Sydney Nursing School, The University of Sydney
Fast Facts: Ophthalmology: “a fantastic companion for all clinicians involved in primary eye care. The authors accurately describe a variety of common ophthalmological conditions, which are carefully organized in order of their associated symptoms, allowing the reader to quickly identify the problem, thereby facilitating appropriate referral or management.”
Dr Amit N Jinabhai
Lecturer in Optometry, The University of Manchester
Fast Facts: Ophthalmology: “A great practical book for working in the field. I particularly liked the opportunity to self test online”
President, Australian Ophthalmic Nurses’ Association Victoria
Fast Facts: Obesity: “This engaging read provides comprehensive yet concise answers to pretty much every question you may have about the ever-increasing issue of obesity and how to help your patients tackle it effectively. … However, the choice between the different types of surgery in different situations may not be as cut and dried as portrayed.”
Dr Sally Norton
Consultant, Upper GI and Bariatric Surgery, North Bristol NHS Trust
Fast Facts: Ophthalmology: “a very concise and succinct handbook."
Medical Science Director, European Medical Students’ Association
Fast Facts: Acne: “This easy-to-navigate gem is packed full of up-to-date information on how to individualize management for your acne patient … the summaries at the end of each chapter make for great speed reading!”
Dr Jo-Ann See
College Fellow, Australasian College of Dermatologists
Fast Facts: Acne: “It’s a great go-to resource which presents each section in an easy-to-read format, perfect for referring back to. … The British Skin Foundation is especially glad to see a section on 'Future trends and areas of need' which details the future research needed in antibiotic resistance.”
The British Skin Foundation
"Fast Facts: Lymphoma is a very well structured, clear and concise text covering all aspects of lymphoma. Its ease of use and readability make it perfect for my students to use in their hematology studies. I would recommend this text to all healthcare professionals new to the field of hematology.”
Dr Samantha Toland
Lecturer, Birmingham City University
“Fast Facts: Psoriasis gives a valuable insight into managing psoriasis, including an array of treatments … an essential resource for health professionals to refer to when treating this often debilitating condition.”
British Skin Foundation
Fast Facts: Chronic and Cancer Pain: “The approach taken by Cousins and Gallagher is at the same time pragmatic and easy to understand; a useful tool for anyone caring for persons with chronic and cancer pain.”
Dr Patricia Bruckenthal
Immediate Past President, American Society for Pain Management Nursing
“Succinct, clear, and current - [Fast Facts: Chronic and Cancer Pain] fulfills its authors' stated intent to be a timely resource that provides a concise introduction to the complex and extensive field of chronic pain for all health professionals wanting - and needing - to know more.”
Dr Will Howard
Editor of the Australian Pain Society newsletter
"[Fast Facts: Chronic and Cancer Pain] has exceeded expectations of a student with basic background in oncology. Its content is rich and worthy of every student’s and young doctor’s consideration. The book covers a wide range of topics, starting from pathophysiology to up– to–date criteria for diagnostics. We appreciated the special focus and easily understandable presentation of modern pain management. Moreover, every chapter finishes with most important Key Points which can be used for fast revision. We recommend this book as a stand-alone guide and also a great comprehensive book at wards!"
Medical Science Director, European Medical Students' Association
Fast Facts: Acne: “An excellent, comprehensive, well-illustrated and practical management approach to a common and problematic skin disorder. … As a consultant dermatologist with an interest in medical dermatology I found this book to be a very helpful resource in my daily clinical practice."
Dr Shikha Gupta
Secretary, British Society for Medical Dermatology
Fast Facts: Ophthalmology: “This very well-set-out handbook is ideal for those involved in triaging eye problems, enabling them to decide what to refer to an optometrist or ophthalmologist, and how urgently.”
Fast Facts: Acne: “An easy-to-read resource, particularly useful for the general practitioner, explaining management and outlining when referral to a dermatologist should be undertaken.”
Dr Amanda Oakley
Website Manager and Chief Editor, DermNet NZ
"Fast Facts: Obesity is an excellent example of how to present and communicate information effectively. The Consequences chapter is particularly well done, clear and concise.’
Professor Richard Barker OBE, Director of CASMI
"I was really impressed by this guide [Fast Facts: Depression]. There's so much information – I really hope it reaches the people who need to read it."
Professor David Haslam CBE
Chair, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
"[Fast Facts: Breast Cancer] is beautifully put together. The language is clear. The presentation of information very well done. I particularly like the index on the back cover and as well the key points and key references that end each chapter. Women should easily be able to find the information they seek. The figures and tables are also effectively designed to enhance comprehension. It is small wonder the series of which this book is a part, sells so well."
Cornelia J. Baines MD MSc FACE
Professor Emerita, Dalla Lana Faculty of Public Health, University of Toronto
"[Fast Facts: Heart Failure includes] an excellent summary of clinical trials in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, while acknowledging the paucity of positive clinical trials and therefore treatment options in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Overall this book fills a gap by providing a review of current diagnosis and management of heart failure in a concise, easily readable format and therefore is likely to be of use to general practitioners, medical students and junior medical staff, along with allied health and nursing staff who participate in the care of patients with heart failure."
Piyush M Srivastava, Cardiologist and Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, for Medical Journal of Australia, October 2014
"Fast Facts: Psoriasis reflects well the WHO's current view of psoriasis as a chronic inflammatory condition with close links to the metabolic condition and a number of comorbidities. It will be of great benefit in passing on new knowledge of psoriasis to health professionals, administrators and patient representatives around the world."
Lars Ettarp, President, International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA),
"Fast Facts is a very important medium to get information out."
Dr Clare Gerada, September 2014
“I highly recommend Fast Facts: Multiple Sclerosis. It is substantial, very informative and highly researched – a book to be proud of. It is a fantastic book for therapists and clinicians, and a much-needed resource in South Africa.”
Non Smit, Director, Multiple Sclerosis South Africa,
Western Cape, July 2014
“This third edition [of Fast Facts: Multiple Sclerosis] comes at exactly the right time and reflects the dynamic nature of the field, with plenty for healthcare professionals of all backgrounds. There are well described pieces on fatigue management (e.g. the FACETS programme), baclofen pumps, intravesical botulinum toxin and functional electrical stimulation. Central is the status of disease modification in the relapsing-remitting phase, and the new oral (e.g. fingolimod) and monoclonal antibody approaches (e.g. natalizumab, alemtuzumab) are well described. In summary, a well researched and written book, which is a true current guide in the battle with multiple sclerosis.”
Jeremy Chataway MA PhD FRCP, Consultant Neurologist, Queen Square MS Centre,
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, UK
For the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, July 2014
"Our verdict on Fast Facts: Obesity is a definite thumbs up, as it recognises the importance of the messenger as much as the message. It will aid health professionals in raising the often touchy subjects of weight and lifestyle in a sensitive and motivating way, rather than one which may feel critical or demotivating to the patient. In so doing it will support professionals to make every contact count and give them the tools and confidence to address weight issues, rather than avoid them for fear of embarrassment or rejection. It also rightly emphasises behaviour change as a key pillar of successful weight loss. This critical but often overlooked aspect of obesity management underpins any successful attempt to improve diet or increase activity, and we highly recommend reading this handy little primer."
"Fast Facts: Liver Disorders suits medical students well, as it presents facts about a wide range of diseases in a clear and easy to understand way. I found it very easy to read and the pictures are very helpful. The information is up to date and covers important topics that can often be hard to learn; however, the book delivers information in a simple, colourful format."
Hayley O'Sullivan, Vice Chair of Plymouth Undergraduates of Surgeons Society, July 2014
Fast Facts: Obesity: “An excellent resource that I will use with my patients in weight management clinics – I cannot fault it in any way. The graphics are excellent; I think the picture on the back page is brilliant .”
Sister Pam Mount RGN, Practice Nurse, Blythe Practice,
West Midlands, UK, June 2014.
Fast Facts: Obesity: "If you want a one-stop shop for tackling obesity, guiding patients and remaining positive, then this is the book for you. It is a brilliant concise resource that you will continually dip into for stimulus and support."
Marilyn Eveleigh, Nurse Consultant and Adviser to Nursing in Practice, UK
Fast Facts - Multiple Sclerosis: “An excellent summary of what is currently known and a model of commonsense and clinical wisdom. I am sure that many patients and those close to the disease will benefit from the book and understand more clearly what is known and what still needs to be done.”
Professor Alastair Compston, Head of Department of Clinical Neurosciences,
University of Cambridge, UK, June 2014
"[Disorders of the Hair and Scalp] is very easy to read and 'dip' into ... it describes the histological appearance of each condition, helping some of us mere mortals to interpret the often “foreign language” we receive on pathology reports ... it discusses evidence for effective treatments in each chapter, but, in addition, covers the therapies your patients may ask about which have uncertain/unproven benefits or even hazardous effects ... It is good value for money and will be a useful additoin to any GP or GPSI armoury of literature."
Michelle Ralph, GPSI Cambridge & PCDS Bulletin Editor
Primary Care Dermatology Society Bulletin, Spring 2014
"[Fast Facts: Acute Coronary Syndromes] is a quick and easy read, while presenting comprehensive and up-to-date information ... Particularly well thought out and explained chapters include diagnosis, risk stratification, decision making, and unstable angina/NSTEMI ... the practicality for use as a pocket sized reference guide for ACS management is clearly evident. Key points are clustered appropriately and intended for easy recall. Diagrams are easily understandable and maintain a level of simplicity suitable for those in various levels of training. Most importantly the information is up-to-date and takes into consideration those guidelines that drive our daily practice."
Dr Parham Parto, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, USA,
for Doody's Review Service, April 2014
Fast Facts: Multiple Sclerosis: “A good reference for the complex process of diagnosing MS and for understanding the why, when and who ... Overall, a very useful book with some interesting pictorial elements.”
Jane Bradshaw, Lead Nurse Specialist in Neurology, UK
PCNS, Steering Committee member, April 2014
Fast Facts - Acute Coronary Syndromes: “A unique summary of current research fields and evidence-based guidelines on acute coronary syndromes for both fellows and consultants who want to acquire or maintain an up-to-date knowledge on this disease. Overall, it is clear, concise, precise and up to date with cutting edge science."
Dr Laurent Bonello, Intensive Care Unit and Cath Lab, Hospital Nord,
Marseille, France, April 2014
"This is a really useful and insightful review of the active management of diabetes, a disease that, unchecked, is set to cripple the world's economies"
Dr Adam Carey, Chief Executive Officer, Corperformance
"Patients and healthcare professionals share the challenge of managing diabetes and preventing complications. This authoritative yet concise book [Fast Facts: Diabetes Mellitus] points everyone in the right direction."
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Explorer, UK, February 2014
"As a cardiologist, I need facts fast and this summary of diabetes meets both requirements admirably. Bravo!"
Professor Allan Sniderman, McGill University, Canada
on Fast Facts: Diabetes Mellitus, February 2014
Fast Facts: Prostate Cancer: "a valuable quick reference for medical students, general practitioners and medical oncologists, as well as urologists ... especially well suited for medical students who are interested in the field of urology as well as those urologists or oncologists still in training, as it provides a solid framework for the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer ... This can be an excellent resource for those interested in a rapid but useful reference on prostate cancer."
Xiaolong Shawn Liu, MD, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA,
for Doody's Review Service, February 2014
Fast Facts: Acute Coronary Syndromes: “Very comprehensive and up to date, including clear diagrams and pathophysiology and pharmacology aspects that are often overlooked. Its simplicity allows the reader to gain a clear understanding of the complex principles that surround patients presenting with ACS.”
Valentino Oriolo, Clinical Lead Practitioner ACS
The New Bristol Heart Institute, UK, January 2014
"[Fast Facts: Cardiac Arrhythmias] meets the need for a concise, easily understandable, and clinically useful summary of cardiac arrhythmias, contributing to a better understanding of the basic principles, diagnosis, and state-of-the-art treatments. The highlights of this pocket book consist of an easy-to-remember classification of cardiac arrhythmias, a clear description of symptoms, and vivid illustrations ... As an electrophysiologist, I really appreciate this pocket book, which is reasonably priced and which I can recommend to medical students, general practitioners, nurses, technicians, and young cardiologists caring for patients with cardiac arrhythmias."
Ardan M. Saguner MD, Cardiology Clinic, University Hospital Zurich, for CardioPulse, December 2013
Fast Facts: Prostate Cancer: "This book is very good – particularly the lavish illustrations, which will make it useful for busy clinicians. However, they will have to decide for themselves if the balance of some contentious issues (such as screening for prostate cancer by PSA) is right for them."
Professor CB Del Mar, Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice,
Bond University Gold Coast, Qld, Australia, October 2013
I bought a number of books from the Fast Facts series and they are all really good, they are really detailed and contain all the information you need, very useful for student nurses.
4-star Amazon review
“The pictorial diagrams and EKG tracings, along with real pictures, make [Fast Facts: Cardiac Arrhythmias] very easy to read and understand … a great resource for a quick review for anyone caring for patients with cardiac arrhythmias.”
Krishna Kancharla, MD, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, Louisiana, USA, for Doody’s Review Service, October 2013
"The conference was a great success and everyone loved the Fast Facts books, it was the most popular item in the conference bag."
Kim Kilov, AMSA Global Health Conference, September 2013
Fast Facts: Cardiac Arrhythmias: “a welcome and important addition to the Fast Facts series … Having kept faithful to the popular formula of this series the authors have produced an excellent synopsis of this topic that will be accessible to medical students, health care professionals, primary care physicians and cardiology trainees alike … ideal for quick reference. The content is succinct and well thought out, particularly with regard to the level of detail. The first few chapters … are approached in a very reader friendly manner with helpful tables along the way. One of the highlights of the book is the management chapter which gives a practical, no nonsense approach to key principles of management which, if adhered to, will serve the reader well in a difficult clinical scenario. I personally have not seen a better concise section like this in any other book and the authors should be commended for this ... The illustrations are also particularly impressive and make understanding the arrhythmias a very intuitive process. In summary, this is an excellent book that will appeal to anyone wishing to understand cardiac arrhythmias and their management. In summary, this is an excellent book that will appeal to anyone wishing to understand cardiac arrhythmias and their management. It is surprisingly informative for a short book and represents a time efficient way of gaining knowledge in this subject. I would not hesitate to recommend it.”
Dr Shouvik Haldar, Electrophysiology Research Fellow
& Cardiology Specialist Registrar, Imperial College, London
for Cardiology News, June/July 2013
Fast Facts: Bleeding Disorders: "This concise and broad overview of pertinent clinical issues in hemostasis and thrombosis is a quick reference guide for seasoned and novice clinicians alike. The authors accomplish their purpose of providing short, concise, evidence-based reviews of a variety of bleeding disorders and hemorrhagic conditions in an easily accessible format. This kind of book is important to medical providers in different stages of training and clinical practice. The authors have written this book for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists. The audience can be broadened to include all allied health professionals who will find this book to be an easy read and ready resource for quick reference … The chapter on the mechanism of action and management of bleeding caused by recently approved anticoagulants is especially helpful … This is an excellent book that will be very useful to both trainees and seasoned clinicians." Numerical weighted score: 100 - 5 stars!
Oluwatoyosi A. Onwuemene, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine) Doody's Review Service, July 2013
"Very happily reading Fast Facts: ACS at Changi airport. It reads well. Great work."
David A Bollinger, Consultant Anaesthetist
Sydney Anaesthetic Services, NSW, Australia, June 2013
"A very well-informed patient came recently to clinic. When I pointed this out to him he withdrew from his bag a copy of Fast Facts!"
Dr Ian N Scobie, Author of Fast Facts: Diabetes Mellitus, 4th edn, June 2013