The Complete Review Guide by Dr. Patrick Barron was first published in 1995. It is a thorough synopsis of the essential reference material needed to successfully prepare for state and national license or certification examinations in therapeutic massage and bodywork. Included in the Tips for Successful Test Taking section are strategies for learning, coping with test anxiety, and conquering the multiple-choice test. It contains more than 256 pages of detailed information, concisely organized into chapters that correspond with the specific exam content outlines presented by every state and national examination. Following each chapter are pertinent multiple-choice review questions.
The newly published 6th Edition (published 2010) contains updated exam content outlines for the states of New York, Ohio, Hawaii, the FSMTB (MBLEx), and the NCETMB & NCETM. This edition includes an updated Clinical Massage section, updated Pathology section with more Pharmacology & Nutrition, and an updated Business Practices section with more information on business plans, licensure issues, professional standards, billing practices, insurance, and client charting. Both an inclusive Bibliography and very complete Index are included in this text. The author suggests that only an atlas of musculoskeletal anatomy and a medical dictionary are needed as supplementary material when using the Complete Review Guide to prepare for standardized examinations.