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Keeping Textbooks

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by SistaKaren, May 6, 2001.

  1. SistaKaren

    SistaKaren Displaced Tar Heel 10+ Year Member

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    I was just wondering: Did anyone keep some of their textbooks from their undergraduate career and find them useful? I was planning on keeping a lot of my books, but I was just checking to see if people found that to be a worthwhile thing to do.

    Karen
     
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  3. tr

    tr inert protoplasm Physician PhD Faculty 10+ Year Member

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    I kept the ones I thought I would refer to. That included almost all science texts, except for one: inorganic chem. Boy did I hate that class, and I was never so glad to be rid of a book as when I sold off that stupid Cotton & Wilkinson text. Boy did it come back to bite me when my little sister got to college and came up with all these questions for me about crystal lattices and symmetry groups, none of which I remembered anything about by that point :(
     
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    tr inert protoplasm Physician PhD Faculty 10+ Year Member

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    Me again -

    but with reference to bio texts, I would keep *everything*. I don't know how most med schools work, but we actually haven't had to buy texts for a couple of our courses - there's this stupid syllabus that is not nearly as clear or detailed as a text would be. I'm realizing now I should have just bought myself a physiology text, instead of trying to wade through the stupid photocopied pap they give us here :(

    Furthermore, you might find out that you actually own some of the required texts already, and in that case you certainly wouldn't want to have sold those off.
     
  5. Mango

    Mango Very Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    I think all schools are different. Our handouts here are excellent (for the most part), and nobody uses texts. Many use review books to supplement the lecture notes.

    As for college texts, I sold 'em all. That was usually beer money for post-finals fun! :D Have I missed them? Nah. Not at all. But if you think they might help you out, and you're set as far as beer money goes, I guess you should keep them. :cool:
     
  6. Annette

    Annette gainfully employed Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    I kept all my undergrad books, but there was only one I found useful- a physiology book. I had some difficulty with a few concepts in Guyton, and the undergrad book explained them in different terms.
     
  7. Jamier2

    Jamier2 SDN Hillbilly Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    I used to keep all my books, until last week. I realized that I had only used one out of all them over a two-year period, so I sold them all (the ones they would take) last week.

    I did feel bad, though. ;)
     
  8. SistaKaren

    SistaKaren Displaced Tar Heel 10+ Year Member

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    Wow..thanks everyone! My friends and I were all like, "Yeah we HAVE to keep all of our pre-med books", but now it's interesting hearing a new perspective on it. Thanks!

    Karen
     
  9. Pathologist

    Pathologist Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Anyone recommend saving anatomy book/atlas?
     
  10. docuw

    docuw Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Human anatomy does not change much from year to year, decade to decade. :D ;) :)
     

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