Testing your knowledge by answering the pathophysiology questions in this book serves as a competition in which you compete against yourself for the satisfaction of doing well.
It’s a great feeling when you know the answers to difficult medical questions. It reflects well on your ability to learn the material in medical school, and it’s a signal that you’re prepared for the certifying examinations. This competition also can increase your knowledge base, as any competition sharpens your skills. That is an impor- tant part of testing ourselves.
When we don’t know an answer, it’s an opportunity to look it up in a “big book” of internal medicine and improve our understanding of the topic.