Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in medicine was introduced just over 40 years ago at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and has since established itself worldwide as a major strategy for learning the art and science of clinical medicine. Medical students, who initially lack clinical experience, are encouraged to think logically through clinical problems, and to become acquainted with the underpinning basic and clinical sciences. They are motivated to learn by the relevance of the science to the clinical problem, and they are more likely to retain and retrieve the information because they have learned it in context.
Associate Professor Wanˇ¦s book is a useful contribution to this process, focusing on a set of common and serious clinical problems, and the rationale for subsequent clinical decision-making. Students should find it useful as an adjunct to their formal studies, and for self-assessment and revision.
Prof. Rufus Clarke
MA, MD, PhD, MPH, FARCS, FAFPHM
Associate Dean, Learning & Teaching (2012)
School of Medicine, Sydney
University of Notre Dame Australia