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textbook help - cell biology: Alberts v Karp

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by CATallergy, May 14, 2007.

  1. CATallergy

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    Does anyone have preferences between these? Which is more in depth, clearer? strengths/weaknesses?

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  3. CATallergy

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    bump

    because I'm a loser
     
  4. MWK

    MWK Over-represented majority
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    We used Karp. I thought it was pretty terrible and only read it before the first exam. Collected dust for the rest of the semester. Our Prof gave us powerpoints though so I just took notes in class and was fine. (got A)
     
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    The Alberts book is considered by many to be the "bible" of cell bio. I used it in undergrad and grad school. I know many Ph.D. students who studied for their qualifying exams exclusively with the Alberts book and did well. It's one of the few texts I have that I think I will continue to get much use from for a long time.
     
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    man, and i thought lodish was the standard...
     
  7. jochi1543

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    We used Becker. The text was pretty dense. I wouldn't say it was a "bad" book, but I can imagine there being a better one out there.
     
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    Alberts is as comprehensive as it gets. I've taken three different classes where I've used it in some shape or form.
     
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    I used Karp and thought it was pretty good.
     
  10. Mr. Belding

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    I used both lodish and alberts' mboc. Both are good texts, if you're into textbooks, that is.
     
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    We used Alberts. It annoyed me plenty.
     
  12. JDMD243.0

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    Alberts and Lodish (don't know about Karp) are available on the NCBI website for free:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=Books&cmd=search&term=


    This is probably more useful if you are using these texts as a reference and not so much for leisure reading.

    We used Alberts for my cell/mol bio class and I used above website and checked the book out of the library when needed--saved me some money.
     
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    I agree with this assessment. I found Karp very difficult to read, and I had a hard time getting the salient points. I didn't learn much from it. I basically managed, with a lot of coffee and patience, to skim it for the tests. I sold it quickly afterwards.
     

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