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Important books for 1st yr

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by lotanna, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. lotanna

    lotanna Child of God
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    Outside of the Netters, Atlas and Lippin for Biochem, what else is everyone getting. Since text books are said to be a waste, I'm not really getting them except for the essentials listed above, plus friends at my med schl are lettin me use their other ones.

    ok so far I've collected from friends

    Board Review series(BRS) for Gross Anatomy, Biochem, Micro/Immunology.

    bought: Key facts for anatomy and physiology (10 med students swore by this one, so it must be decent)
    anatomy coloring book (as funny as it sounds, I've had 7 med students approve of it, and I'm a visual learner, break out the felt pens:p )

    bought 1st aid for usmle step 1 2004, great review for classes

    Might get step up by summer
     
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  3. Celestron2000

    Celestron2000 Senior Member
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    I haven't bought anything yet, but I would like to hear what people have to say. Anyone... anyone?







    Maybe this oughta be in the Allo thread.
     
  4. lotanna

    lotanna Child of God
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    yeah there are some on allo thread, thats how i decided to get key facts for anatomy/phys and 1st aid. I just wanted to see what other folks were thinkin bout
     
  5. mlw03

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    are ya'll talking about for next year's entering class? isn't it a little early to be worried about this? how about just waiting till orientation and finding out what your specific school, and especially the upperclassmen at that school, have to say on the subject.
     
  6. bruinrab

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    FWIW, here's what I used in the SMP year at Georgetown (no, I didn't buy all of them ;)):

    Embryo
    Langman's -- get it, it's great, much better than Larsen which was "required"
    Larson -- ok, not always clear though, glad I didn't pay for it

    Histo
    Wheater's Atlas -- very good, helps if you want to learn instead of memorizing
    Junquira -- eh, ok...anyone want it?

    Biochem
    Metabolism at a Glance -- great help, very well laid out, but large book
    Lippincott review -- didn't use it much, but definitely will next year
    BRS -- meh, ok, too bad you can't return review books (Edit: It's actually NMS that I didn't like, not BRS)
    Molecular Bio of the Cell (Alberts et al) -- actually very helpful

    Physio
    Boron and Boulpaep -- yuck, too detailed for a short med school course (Moron and Bullcrap), gave up reading it after about a week, want my money back! :mad:
    Guyton -- seemed much better than Boron, just used for a few sections, may have to get my own as a reference
    Costanza -- after giving up on Boron, got the textbook, BRS, and BRS problems, all very helpful, well-written
    Vander's Renal Physiology -- great
    Berne & Levy's Cardiovascular Physiology -- good
    West's Respiratory Physiology -- great

    Immunology
    Kuby -- :thumbup: already had it, was familiar with it
    Micro
    Micro Made Ridiculously Simple -- :thumbup: too detailed for the course we had, but saving it

    Endocrinology
    Hadley -- got text in college, mostly used lecturers' notes, and class notes

    Biostats
    High Yield -- perfect for the course

    Neuro
    Neuroanatomy BRS -- good
    Haines Atlas -- ok
    Nolte Atlas -- much better than Haines
    Clinical Neuroanatomy Made Ridiculously Simple -- suprisingly helpful
    Purves -- Nolte text would have been better

    This site was great for neuro and the cardio part of physio: http://medlib.med.utah.edu/kw/

    Whew, I think that's it!


    I'll be adding just a few things for first year:

    Anatomy
    Netter's Atlas and Flash Cards
    Rohen Atlas
    "baby" Moore (if necessary)

    Neuro
    Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases (Blumenfeld)
    Nolte text

    Hutchinson's Clinical Methods -- to remind myself that I will get to do this part of it soon enough ;), and to get clinical correlates for boards

    Step 1 First Aid -- to get an idea of what to focus on for boards, and to review in the summer after first year
     
  7. Celestron2000

    Celestron2000 Senior Member
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    Wow, thanks! When I get my Karma-granting powers back, you're definately getting some for that post. :clap:
     
  8. lessismoe

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    I just wanted to let y'all know that I found some of the coloring books (anatomy + human brain + micro) on overstock.com for $12, which is a little cheaper than amazon.
     
  9. lotanna

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    oh wow nice!
     
  10. Jalby

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    Here is my advice:

    Must have books:
    BRS Path and Physio
    Medical Microbiology made rediculously simple
    Netter (for anatomy)
    First Aid
    Should have books:
    Robbins Pathological basis of disease (will use the rest of your life, but should rad at least once)
    Costanza's Physiology (Same writer as BRS but more in depth. Can ditch all your physio classes with this book)
    Lippencotts Biochem (long, but covers everything)
    Lippencotts Pharm (long, way to many drugs, but best source out there. Follow along in class with it)

    Probably have:
    Rohens for anatomy (great for seeing the actual disections)
    BRS Gross Anatomy

    Flash card sets I absolutely love:
    PharmCards
    PathCards
    MicroCards
    (note, not BRS cards. Those are absolutely HORRIBLE)
     
  11. lotanna

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    Thanks everyone, this is coming along great!

    ok i need to get BRS Path and Phy from friends. I dont have Pathology till the spring

    So next books for me to get BRS Phys and maybe Constanza
     
  12. BassDominator

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    I highly recommend the "Made Rediculously Simple" series, especially microbiology and acid/base/electrolytes.

    Other books I liked for 1st/2nd year:
    1) Moore: Clinically Oriented Anatomy (baby version available and highly recommended)
    2) Lange: Microbiology and Immunology
    3) Lilly: Pathophysiology of Heart Disease (the Bomb!)
    4) Dubin: Rapid Interpretation of EKGs
    5) Weinberger: Principles of Pulmonary Medicine
    6) Compton: Pathologic Basis of Disease: Self Assessment and Review (review book for Robbins)

    I still use many of these books as a fourth year. Feel free to email/PM me.
     
  13. People are buying books already???

    Don't the books you need depend on the school, class, professor?

    Should I be shopping now? :confused:
     
  14. Brickhouse

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    Honey, you should ALWAYS be shopping, what's wrong with you? ;)
     
  15. japhy

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    the book i referred to more than any other was robbins' path. other than that the brs series is great for phys and path. maybe a micro made ridiculously simple. its great, you really don't need many books.

    i would recommend that you save your money and wait until you get to school. many have book sales for ama or amsa. you can pick up books in good shape on the cheap. another great option is hitting up all the ms2 kids after they take the boards.
     
  16. You want to fund my shopping spree?
     
  17. at UCSD we do anatomy during the second year, so I definitely won't buy those.

    are these books really used by ALL medical students?
     
  18. Fumoffu

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    *head explodes from list* :scared:
     
  19. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
  20. lotanna

    lotanna Child of God
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    most of my books are free from friends, i just want to know which ones to ask for :D
    so not really buying, just gathering :laugh:
     
  21. Celestron2000

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    So, with regards to USMLE prep-books, how important do you think it is to have up-to-date ones?
     
  22. The ones I mainly used in the first year were Netter's, Lippincott's Pharm, Ganong's Phys and CMDT. In second year, I added Harrison's, Goroll and Robbins.
     

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