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I am attend Nova this fall. I am looking for some books that I am going to use in the first year to read some in advance. PLease let me know if you know where I can buy some of them. Thanks,



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Andy probably knows the most about this, but you still might fair better to call the school directly. Schools often change their texts (either to newer editions or completely different books) in between years.


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Also, for more info on books to look at prior to matriculation, take a look at the thread:, although it wasn't meant to be specific to any dental school.

As for where to buy them, I've had some good experience with and the used booksellers on amazon.

My advice would be to ignore anyone who would either advise you against it or cut you down for showing interest in it. I say it's your education: go for it!!!

Best of luck, and congrats on your acceptance! :hardy:


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As we all know that the required text may change from year to year due to new editions or a change of new course director. But for the following frist year courses and books at Nova, I know for fact that it will not change and are required are:

1) Periodontology

2) Operative/Restorative Dentistry

3) Occlusion

All other courses' required texts are not required to purchase if you don't want, especially basic science courses. For basic science courses, you'll receive thorough handouts every lecture. Usually, the motto is, dental classes = buy books, basic science classes = don't buy books.

Of course, if you wish to buy books, then by all means, go for it. I purchased pretty much all recommended and required books.

My personal highly recommended books for first year dental school are:

1) Gross Anatomy

2) Dental Anatomy

3) Biochemistry
(new edition coming out June 2004)

4) Physiology

Above and beyond purchasing textbooks, if you want and ambious enough, which I highly suggest is to purchase the 2004 Dental Decks now and start to familiarize yourself with the dental lingual (mesial, distal, etc) with the Dental Anatomy flashcards. Besides, you'll be using the 2004 edition dental decks for NBDE Part 1 when you take it anyways.

Alright, this should be enough for you to consider.

Back to Ortho studies for tomorrow at 8 AM.
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