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Medicine Pocketbook Recommendation?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by haemophilus, Dec 16, 2001.

  1. haemophilus

    haemophilus New Member

    Dec 14, 2001
    Anyone care to recommend a good Internal Medicine pocketbook for a 2nd year who has been pimped at a level way beyond my education? I mean, I'm still cramming Kumar here. How am I supposed to suddenly develop an extensive knowledge of differentials and action plans?

    I'm looking for something that will not only save my behind this year but comprehensive enough to carry me through my 3rd year rotation.

    Thanks for your input.

    MS in Sunny California
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  3. turtleboard

    turtleboard SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 1999
    New York, New York
    I find it strange that you're being pimped as a second-year med student when, as you rightfully state, you're cramming Robbins and probably have little to no clue about treatment protocol/strategies. In any event a hospitalist recommended that each third-year pick up a copy of Current Clinical Strategies (CCS) Family Practice. It's something like $25 and it's an OK pocketbook that lists diseases, has a short blurb on pathophys, pathogenesis, etc., and has treatment protocol. I personally don't find it all that useful for pulling my butt out of the fire, but maybe at the second-year level it'll jar your memory enough to remember the more esoteric facts from Robbins.

    Good luck.
  4. djmd

    djmd an Antediluvian 7+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2001
    I thought Ferri's "Pratical Guide to the care of the medical patient" was good
    Fits in a white coat pocket..
    Washington is supposedly good

    5 min clinical consult is great for the palmpilot.
  5. Haemophilus - I have a few recommendations for you:

    1. Saint-Francis Guide to Inpatient Medicine - This book is very easy to read and a good intro book for a medical student. Many medical students buy this book and with good reason.

    2. Mass General Hospital Handbook of Internal Medicine - Can you really say anything negative about a book written by Harvard Internists for Harvard medical students and interns? Seriously though, the handbook is very concise and to the point. This book is probably more appropriate for a senior medical student.

    3. Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (American Edition) - I don't think many medical students use this book, but I thought it was excellent. I felt that it gave better explanations than the MGH handbook and was more comrehensive than the SF Guide. Oxford also covers basic General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, procedures, etc. However, the MGH handbook is thinner and more to the point. So, it really just depends on what your needs are. I would recommend taking a look at all of them at the bookstore prior to your purchase.

    Other books to consider for your IM Rotation:

    1. Mosby's Guide to Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests - I believe there is a handbook version as well. In Internal Medicine and in any other field, you will be ordering a bunch of tests. As a medical student, you will often not know why the heck the interns, residents, or attendings ordered a certain test or what the heck the test is to begin with. This book provides you with a test explanation, indications, critical values, test results and clinical significance, etc.

    2. On Call Principles and Protocols - I never bought this book, but I've noticed one Medicine Intern and one medical student carrying it around when they are on call. I took a peek inside and it seems as if it would be useful when you are on call.

    3. Maxwell Cards - For some reason, it seems like many medical students have these cards. I've always thought it was okay, but its usefulness is short-lived. I am somewhat suprised that someone hasn't come up with a better set of cards. Maybe I should come up with the Stinky Tofu Cards, I could probably make some money. :)

    Freebie books:

    1. Washington Manual
    2. Pharmacopoeia
    3. Sanford Guide
    4. Pocket Doctor 2001

    I've gotten several copies of these over the years because they are frequently given out by drug companies. If you know an intern or senior medical student, ask them to grab a copy for you. Everyone needs a copy of Pharmacopoeia and Sanford Guide. I rarely used the Washington Manual despite the fact that some swear by it. You can't really complain about free though. :)
  6. haemophilus

    haemophilus New Member

    Dec 14, 2001
    Thank you all for your help! I'm convinced that there are tons of cool people in medicine, (from both my personal experience and reading this board) regardless of what one may hear or unfortunately sometimes experience. You guys are great! I'll look up the books you recommended.

    Wish me luck in this week's pimp-the-clueless-2ndyear session.

    Mucho gracias,

    California :rolleyes:

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