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MTB headings - trivial? maybe, but its driving me nuts

Discussion in 'Step II' started by Metaform, Apr 12, 2012.

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  1. Metaform

    Metaform Fellow, Hematology/Oncology 5+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2011
    Does anyone know what the color coded headings mean?

    Some disease/syndromes are in purple some in green, some in different shades of green and teal, some in dark blue.

    What is going on?!?! Does it mean anything at all when a condition is in green vs purple:confused:
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  3. DrDrToBe

    DrDrToBe 2+ Year Member

    Jan 19, 2009
    Lol, I have no clue what they mean but that sounds like something that would bug me too. Maybe they have a color key in the front or the back of the book.
  4. mjl1717

    mjl1717 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 24, 2003
    I just recieved the book..Let me get back with you within 48 hours! :idea:
  5. Metaform

    Metaform Fellow, Hematology/Oncology 5+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2011
    A great example is in the Hematology chapter of the book.

    pg 214- Sickle Cell Trait, Hereditary Spherocytosis, are all in blue-green.
    Just above this.. Aplastic Crisis is in purple.

    On the next page 215-, Autoimmune Hemolysis is in normal green

    And then on page 220-221, all the conditions like Polycythemia Vera, Essential thrombocytosis etc.. are in DARK blue, and in full caps...

    Wtf does it all mean!?!? There is NO uniformity or hierarchy at all. The material is great, but the arrangement makes it very difficult to think systematically. The format reminds me of Conrad Fisher during live lectures... his explanations and analogies are great but he's all over the place.

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