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Book for Imm + Micro

Discussion in 'Step I' started by nowai, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. nowai

    nowai 2+ Year Member

    May 16, 2007
    I was thinking of using BRS micro and imm but I've enjoyed the kaplan series so far so I am thinking of switching and using kaplan imm and micro.

    It seems from the USMLE experience thread, a lot of you prefer the Lange series. Has anyone used the Kaplan imm and micro?
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  3. hippocampus

    hippocampus Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 4, 2005
    use ridiculously simple for micro
  4. GynGuy1983

    GynGuy1983 C&A Psychiatry Fellow 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2008
    Rathke's pouch

    Supplement it with FA and you'll be set.
  5. tfom08

    tfom08 2+ Year Member

    May 2, 2008
    I used MMRS, but people who have used kaplan have scored very high. I would say MMRS is favored by most people though. Kaplan might have a little more than you actually need for both micro and immuno. I am using the Lange book for its immuno section and it is a pretty good, quick read. Use them both along with FA and a qbank and should be fine either way you go.
  6. Knicks

    Knicks 7+ Year Member

    Aug 28, 2007
    What do you guys think about the Kaplan microbiology?
  7. The Angriest Bird

    The Angriest Bird 10+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    For micro, there's almost no book that can rival with Microbiology Made Ridiculous Simple (MMRS). I've read 80% of it and will finish in the next few days. Don't be scared by its size. You will be AMAZED by how fast you can read through it, and most importantly, it's sometimes even fun to read it. Can you image reading a board review book and be ENTERTAINED? Well, this book made it possible. And its coverage of microbiology for Step 1 is very complete.

    The downside of MMRS is that it has no practice questions. Also, the tables after each chapter are mostly reiteration of what's in the text. I just skip it because I don't learn a lot from tables.

    As for immunology, it's pretty much been concluded that a good Immunology book does not exist. The thing with immuno is that it's very hard to study immunology as an isolated subject. It's always integrated into other topics, like lung disease (asthma), autoimmune diseases, and infection. The immunology section in FA is totally worth pure memorization. If you can take nothing home, make sure you know the hypersensitivities as second nature.

    LUBDUBB Freakaholic 10+ Year Member

    Oct 7, 2002
    Personally, I love Medical micro and immuno (lange) by levinson, I used it for class as well as boards; and he just came out with the 10th ed this year! The micro is thorough and the immuno review is 100pgs long. If you're weak on immuno pick up "how the immune system works" samparyac, its a good knife and fork intro to immuno so you'll feel better when you actually look at immuno review material.

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