I have a hard time learning from lectures, especially when a professor starts talking about some random protein that he researches that is related to x disease. I like to learn from books, and it would be great if I didn't waste my time learning everything in a 600 page hematology book, when I only need to really know maybe 100 of those pages. For example, Microbio made ridiculously simple was great, I read it in a week, knew it cold, and did well on my exam. I would rather do that than spend 3 weeks studying poorly done lectures, hate it, and not do as well on my exams. I also have FA but doesn't really work to learn stuff for the first time. so does anybody know any good books for 1st/2nd yr medical school to learn material for the first time, without all the detailed BS (only stuff I need for step1).