hi all doc and medicos out there..
Pls do drop your comments..
Which book u find better!!!Every book is good but still for 1st yr Med Skooling in India and getting thru USMLE..
Lipponcott? Satyanarayann?? Any Other???
Chaurasia? Grants?? Any Other???
Guyton? Ganong?? Sembilinguam??? Any Other????
How to get the best out from your 1st Year?????
Nyyer u there???thankful for all your posts in this thread..Pls do keep Posting it really helps..
avoid Harpers tho there are a few diagrams in there that could prove useful (i.e. Glycolysis and IgG).
hi im joining mbbs 1st yr too and at the college ive joined the seniors recommened harpers for biochem and langmanns ( by T.W. Sadler) for embryology and krishna garg for histology...are these books good for passing with a decent score? will they be helpful for pg entrance? and is harper really not good?
please reply , il be really greatful for any help on the above
..I was personally not too impressed with Sembulingam, though a lot of my batch-mates did read it. I preferred Harper+Lippincott. I liked to be able to say I read XYZ random fact in so-and-so book. This is an entirely personal preference. This choice will follow you throughout Med School, as there are several alternate (Indian) authors your seniors/professors might recommend in every prof. Harper is good provided you dont go in over your head and try to remember everything in the first couple of readings, and just try to get a feel for what is going on. As an exam-time cop-out, there is a small book called Lakshmi Ahuja, which deals with chapters in Q-A format, so if you have a sudden test from a topic you havent yet read, you can cram just for that exam from there. It is NOT a textbook, and frankly sucks if you are trying to build concepts, but is great as a last minuite quick-read for test prep.thisisvick said:Biochemistry:
You will have to use both Satyanarayan and Lipincotts.... avoid Harpers tho there are a few diagrams in there that could prove useful (i.e. Glycolysis and IgG). The reason why you will have to use the indian text is because no other american author will list out the facts in point form for you. What you will begin to notice about the grading is they want points with brief explanations... it doesnt matter if you know 2 or 3 points really well and you dont cover all 10 points. Satya will take care of that for you... but defintely utilize Lipincotts for DNA / Porphyrias / less so on vitamins
Sembulingam is awesome for Neuro, in my opinion. Guyton is a great book, I'm sure, but I never read it. While physio might seem easy to BS in, it is really important for you to grasp the concepts well, as they will be with you right through your med career.Physiology:
Honest truth if you want to pass, Sembilingum will be your best friend last minute. It is perfect cause it basically outlines how you should write each short note and essay. I highly recommend using Ganong for topics like BP and cardiac cycle. People say physio you can BS alot on the exams..
BDC is more than enough. I even found it enough for Neuro, though others might recommend IB Singh. IB singh's Embryo is really good too. I also had McMinn's atlas to help me visualise whatever I read/ dissected. A picture is worth a thousand words, so try to form one rather than blindly cram.Anat:
Go with Churasia.... Grants is a little overboard... tho Snells is good for a better understanding of applied aspects...
Bottom line: no matter what books you finally choose, try to do atleast one book completely and thoroughly, using others as additional material. Folks who do different chapters from differnt books sometimes miss out as not every book is organised the same. Some topics can be in different chapters in differnt books. To re-iterate, do one thoroughly, and use another as a possible reference. Make notes of whatever is extra in the reference book in your main text, so you consolidate and dont need to shuffle between books at exam time.General Advice: the more you put in .. the better off you will be..the less dumb you will feel in second year where they expect you to understand 1st year concepts in and out... so know it well the first time -- and you wont have to worry about passing, it will just come
Guyton is meant to be a thoroughand complete textbook of Physiology. Ganong is a "Review", as I am sure you noticed on the cover. However, in my opinion, it is also really good, if supplemented by another easier-to-read book for stuff you are having a hard time with. Whatever makes you comfortable. As I said earlier, whatever book you choose for a primary text, DO IT COMPLETELY AND THOROUGHLY.rahuldp said:Is Ganong unappropriate to be followed for 1st Yr? Is Ganong not reader friendly? A user friendly book like Sembil or Chaudhary is to be supplemented even if Guyton is followed.!!!right!!.So will it be managable??
Screw PG enterance! You are entering First prof. Try to understand the human body first. There are a million ways to go about preparing for PG, and its not something you should worry about right now..atleast not more than making a sound foundation.madaboutmed said:hi im joining mbbs 1st yr too and at the college ive joined the seniors recommened harpers for biochem and langmanns ( by T.W. Sadler) for embryology and krishna garg for histology...are these books good for passing with a decent score? will they be helpful for pg entrance? and is harper really not good?