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I start in a few months. If I'm going to read only one book before starting, what should it be?


(I'm guessing a lot of folks will say Miller, but anyone feel differently? The only medical book I've ever read cover to cover has been Marino, unless you count FirstAid...)
 

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OK, I'm going to be repititious again. Learn intern stuff intern year. 1 year to be a CXR, ekg, MI, copd/asthma, Htn, DM, and everything else specialist. Spend the rest of your life learning anesthesia. I read the NMS book cover to cover (we're talking baby paperback that can be done in a week easy, even by a slow reader like me) before I started. Then during the first week or 2 I read it again and it really helped the stuff make sense in the big picture.

Then toss it and get into your Morgan/Baby Miller routine. Reading Barash and big Miller as an intern will give you an anesthesia advantage at a huge cost of wasting the year to learn how to treat disease. Don't do it.
 

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OK, I'm going to be repititious again. Learn intern stuff intern year. 1 year to be a CXR, ekg, MI, copd/asthma, Htn, DM, and everything else specialist. Spend the rest of your life learning anesthesia. I read the NMS book cover to cover (we're talking baby paperback that can be done in a week easy, even by a slow reader like me) before I started. Then during the first week or 2 I read it again and it really helped the stuff make sense in the big picture.

Then toss it and get into your Morgan/Baby Miller routine. Reading Barash and big Miller as an intern will give you an anesthesia advantage at a huge cost of wasting the year to learn how to treat disease. Don't do it.

Which NMS book do you recommend?
 

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You aren't going to be able to avoid learning the intern stuff next year if you are doing medicine, so I wouldn't worry about that too much. I mean, read about your patients and you'll pick up all the medicine you need as you go along. Reading extra for ICU is probably worthwhile.

I wrote this in another thread like 2 days ago, but get step 3 out of the way as soon as your schedule allows you a little study time. There's no sense reading anesthesia when you need to review psych and OBGYN for step 3.

Narc loves that NMS book, NMS Clinical Manual of Anesthesia, so much you'd think he was getting royalties or something. ;) I don't think you need it. Morgan is easy enough to go straight to it.
 

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Narc loves that NMS book, NMS Clinical Manual of Anesthesia, so much you'd think he was getting royalties or something. ;)

well, i could recommend the anesthesia book i'm getting royalties from, but obviously i can't look at it objectively at all! i am definitely appreciating the feedback that SDN members have been giving, thanks!
 

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Narcotized said:
OK, I'm going to be repititious again. Learn intern stuff intern year. 1 year to be a CXR, ekg, MI, copd/asthma, Htn, DM, and everything else specialist. Spend the rest of your life learning anesthesia.


You aren't going to be able to avoid learning the intern stuff next year if you are doing medicine, so I wouldn't worry about that too much. I mean, read about your patients and you'll pick up all the medicine you need as you go along. Reading extra for ICU is probably worthwhile.

I wrote this in another thread like 2 days ago, but get step 3 out of the way as soon as your schedule allows you a little study time. There's no sense reading anesthesia when you need to review psych and OBGYN for step 3.

error404 is going to be a CA-1 in July...
 

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Narc loves that NMS book, NMS Clinical Manual of Anesthesia, so much you'd think he was getting royalties or something. ;)

lol. I just don't see the point stressing over anesthesia reading before you even know how to turn the anesthesia machine on. I knew absolutely nothing about anesthesia when I started; never heard of a train of 4, never used terms like induction, I mean I knew absolutely NOTHING. But I consider the years I spent in another field learning how to treat disease a much greater advantage than having no anesthesia knowledge.

You have 3 full years and then the rest of your life to read and learn anesthesia. That is more than plenty. Learn how to be a doctor during intern year. Just my opinion.

ps- Gypsy is one of those guys that can just leave Barash on top of the crapper and after about a month have the book down cover to cover. How much and how well and fast you read is going to determine a lot about what books you read.
 

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You know what I studied my Intern Year??? Big Blue. Read it twice. During my cards months, I read the cardiac section over and over. During pulmonary month I read the respiratory/pulmonary section over and over. You get my drift.

Took Step III before even starting PGY1. BIG stress off my back.
While all my buddies were learning about when to give vanco after failed flagyl x2 for C. diff, I was neck deep in Big Blue. It was a way to get me connected to anesthesia during those lonesome intern months.

Narco has a point though...

Eveyone learns differently. This worked for me.
 

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One book to read before starting as an intern or as a CA-1? Because if it's before starting as an intern, I'd say any good long classic by Tolstoy or Steinbeck because you won't have the kind of time in residency that you need to curl up and really soak yourself in a good long book. Reading medical stuff before residency is really pointless. I know, I tried despite what everyone said because hey, we're just that kind of people.

Intern year rising into CA-1 year? I think most people start with Baby Miller or Morgan and Mikhail. For the beginning of CA1 year, my slight preference would be baby miller with M&M probably being more helpful when you have a little more background.
 

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Just to clarify-- I'm 9 months into my intern year, and starting CA-1.

I've spent the whole year learning medicine, and am starting to feel secure & qualified to start Anesthesia. I'm finally ready to transition to reading an anesthesia text.

So far this year, I've read:
Crush Step 3
Marino's ICU book
most of the USMLE world questions
Frankenstein
Dracula
Sense & Sensibility & Pride & Prejudice
Around the World in 80 days
20k Leagues Under the Sea
A bunch of HP Lovecraft
Other Verne works
A few HG Wells shorts
A few Robert Stevenson novels
Some Neil Stephenson
Very disturbing Roald Dahl adult works
Assorted Jared Diamond
and everything written by Michael Pollan.

I like reading. I like my kindle. Appreciating the suggestions on the anesthesia texts.
 
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