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Neuroscience: PreTest Self-Assessment and Review, eighth edition, allows medical students to comprehensively and conveniently assess and review their knowledge of neuroscience. The 500 questions parallel the format and degree of difficulty of the questions found in Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). The High-Yield Facts in the beginning of the book are provided to facilitate a rapid review of the subject. It is anticipated that the reader will use these High-Yield Facts as a “memory jog” before proceeding through the questions.

Each question in the book is followed by four or more answer options to choose from. In each case, select the one best response to the question. Each answer is accompanied by a specific page reference to a text that provides background to the answer, and a short discussion of issues raised by the question and answer. A bibliography listing all the sources can be found following the last chapter.

To simulate the time constraints imposed by the licensing exam, an effective way to use this book is to allow yourself one minute to answer each question in a given chapter. After you finish going through the questions in the section, spend as much time as you need verifying your answers and carefully reading the explanations provided. Special attention should be given to the explanations for the questions you answered incorrectly; however, you should read every explanation even if you’ve answered correctly. The explanations are designed to reinforce and supplement the information tested by the questions. For those seeking further information about the material covered, consult the references listed in the bibliography or other standard medical texts.

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