Drexel - Opinions on First year books greatly appreciated!!!


10+ Year Member
May 13, 2006
For anybody who has already gone through first year, which books would you say are definitely needed and which can we get through without buying the books? Here is the list they gave us...most of them offer a choice so if you have any input on which you think is better let us first years know!

No required books, but 2 highly recommended ones:

1. Textbook of Biochemistry with Clinical Correlations (6th ed) Thomas Devlin, Editor Wiley-Liss NJ 2006

2. Lippincott’s Illustrated Review of Biochemistry (3rd ed) Pamela Champe, Richard Harvey and Denise Ferrier Lippincott Williams & Wilkins PA 2005

If students already have a recent biochemistry textbook, they are welcome to use it.

Behavioral Science

Text: Fadem, Behavioral Science in Medicine, Lippincott & Williams, 2004.

Text: Desk Reference to Diagnostic Criteria DSM-IV-TR, American Psychiatric Association, 2000.

Gross Anatomy

Required Texts:

Choose one of the following two texts. I have prepared two versions of the course syllabus with reading assignments for each of these texts. The faculty, in reviewing the texts had positive comments to say about both so I felt that perhaps we would let you each decide which one suited your learning style best.

Drake, RL, Vogl, W. and Mitchell, AWM. Gray’s Anatomy for Students, 1st ed. Elsevier, 2005


Moore, KL, and Dalley, AF. Clinically Oriented Anatomy. 5th ed. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2005

Tank, PW. Grant"s Dissector. 13th , ed., Baltimore: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2005

Cahill, DR. Lachman's Case Studies in Anatomy. 4th ed. Oxford University Press, 1997

One of the following Embryology texts:

Moore KL and Persaud TVN. The Developing Human. 7th, ed. Philadelphia: Saunders


Sadler, TW. Langman's Medical Embryology. 9th ed. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 2004.

An Atlas

You may wish to wait to meet with your lab group before purchasing an atlas. The dissector is keyed to several of the more common anatomy atlases. We recommend:

Agur, AMR and Dalley, AF,. Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy. 11th ed. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2005.
This atlas comes with a CD of images and other useful features. However, others may suggest the Netter Atlas, the Clemente Atlas or one of the photographic atlases. We will try to provide each lab group with an old atlas from last year’s class to be used at the dissection table. You should purchase your own atlas for use at home and for study and review. Check with the bookstore for prices and availability.

Medical Genetics

Required Text
Thompson and Thompson Genetics in Medicine by Robert Nussbaum, Roderick McInnes, and Huntington Willard (WB Saunders, 2004). This textbook is a good resource with significant depth. Students are asked to read clinical case studies from the text for each module exam (4-12 pages). The 2001 version of the book is the same edition and is nearly identical.

Recommended Texts
Principles of Medical Genetics by Thomas Gelehter, Francis Collins, and David Ginsburg (Williams and Wilkins, 1998). This text provides a well-presented background of basic human and medical genetics.

Emery's Elements of Medical Genetics by Robert F. Mueller, Ian D., MD Young (W B Saunders, 2001). This text provides an elementary, clinical approach to medical genetics.

Medical Immunology

Students are strongly advised to purchase either the Parham or Abbas text; however, if the student has another recent immunology textbook (2001 or later), it can be used. Students should remember that certain content has changed over the past few years.

Required Texts: The Immune System by Peter Parham (Garland, 2004). This is a new well-written text specifically created for medical students. It uses human data and figures where possible. The faculty often uses figures from this text in their lectures. Students are strongly advised to purchase this textbook.

Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System by Abul Abbas and Andrew Lichtman (2004), an excellent book which highlights major concepts. It like the Parham text was created specifically for the needs of medical students. This text is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to give a broad understanding of the material.

Recommended texts (order is based on preference):

Immunology (2003) by Goldsby, Kindt, Osborne, Kuby is an experimental approach to immunology. This text tends to give richer descriptions than most other textbooks. It provides an excellent discussion of inflammation and cytokines.

Immunology A Short Course (2003) by Benjamini, Coico, and Sunshine, a very elementary approach to immunology. Students who have not studied immunology before may find it a useful reference. It presents immunology within the framework of microbiology.

Immunobiology (2005) by Charles Janeway, a very detailed discussion of immunology. It includes many of the same figures Parham’s textbook.


Text: Histology, A Text & Atlas by Ross & Pawlina. 5th edition. 2006. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. ISBN: 0-7817-5056-3.

Atlas: Wheater's Functional Histology: A Text & Color Atlas by B. Young et al. 5th edition. 2006. Churchill Livingstone. ISBN: 0-443-06850-X.



1. Blumenfeld, H. Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases. Sinauer 2002.

2. Nolte, J. The Human Brain. 5th Edition. Mosby. 2002.

3. Kandel,E.R. et al. Principles of Neural Science. 4th Edition. McGraw Hill. 2000.

Note: It is highly recommended that you purchase both Nolte and Blumenfeld books. Lecturers will refer to Figures from these books and exam material will assume you know the content of required reading from both books.
The book by Kandel et al is excellent, scholarly, expensive and heavy, Some sections will be required reading and will be referred to in lectures on neurophysiology, but we recognize that some of you may decide not to purchase it. Therefore, several copies will be available in the library for those who do not wish to invest in this book).

An Atlas is REQUIRED and we recommend that you buy the atlas by Woolsey et al, since this is referred to in that lab manual. However, the other atlases listed below are also good. The atlas should be brought to laboratories. We recommend:

1. Woolsey, T.A., et al. The Brain Atlas. Fitzgerald Science Press. 2003.
2. Jennes, L et al. Atlas of the Human Brain. Lippincott. 1995
3. Haines, D.E. Neuroanatomy: An atlas of structures, sections and systems. 6th edition. 2004


1. Sidman,R and Sidman, M. Neuroanatomy: a Programmed Text. Volume 1. Little, Brown and Co.,1965.
If you have time, spend 10 minutes a day from September until March, working through this text. It will teach you the basic concepts and structures needed for your study of the brain stem and spinal cord, and will help you a great deal once the course begins.

Study guides are a very useful supplement AFTER the main material has been learned from handouts and texts, but cannot replace the required reading. We recommend:
White,J.S. USMLE Road Map Neuroscience. 2004


Text: Medical Nutrition and Disease, by Lisa Hark, PhD, RD and Gail Morrison, M.D. Third Edition. Blackwell Science.


Required Course Text
MEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY (Updated edition) This Updated Edition was published by Elsevier Science in November 2004

Suggested Course Text
MEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY (2nd edition) 2003
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