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Essential books for the first 3 years of medical school

this is a list of essential books for medical students in the first 3 years of medical school


1-Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple (Edition 4) by Mark Gladwin

This is an extremely useful book for anyone studying infectious diseases or bacteriology in medical school. It is clear, conscience, and it has fantastic pictures and memorizing tips to help in learning and retaining the material. Would reccomend this text, and the others in the series.

2-Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, 8e (Robbins Pathology)


This book has everything it takes to be considered a really good book. Though the text is quite dense, you can easily understand it. The topics are thoroughly explained, and there is always a good scheme to help understand them. Overall a very good pathology book, which I’m happy to have.

3-Rapid Interpretation of EKG’s, Sixth Edition


Dr. Dubin’s classic manual has become the most popular EKG text among members of the medical profession. Dr. Dubin’s book takes a lot of the stress out of the formidable task of learning EKGs through his lighthearted and systematic lesson-based approach. This book covers the basics of EKGs, and provides helpful lessons on rate, rhythm, and basic arrythmias.

4-Rapid Review Pathology: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, 3e

A review book without leaving out the important details. I can’t say enough about this book. It systematically reviews pathology, including the etiology, pathophysio, clinical, and lab finding. Very through, yet not overwhelming.

5-First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, 2013 (First Aid USMLE)


This is necessary to prepare for the USMLE Step 1 Exam. But there are numerous non-trivial errors. It is surprising that such a widely used resource that changes so little from year-to-year is so rife with errors.
I would recommend using this book as a content outline for what to expect on the USMLE step 1 exam. I would not recommend using it as a primary source because of the numerous errors.

6-Atlas of Human Anatomy: with Student Consult Access, 5e (Netter Basic Science)


excellent drawings and images, bright color and great detail for learning human anatomy. netter is the gold standard of anatomy atlases

7-Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Biochemistry, Fourth Edition (Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews Series)

Astounding text. Great graphics. For someone who does not particularly enjoy chemistry, this is your text. Everything is broken down. Supplemental online questions are good. The questions posit real world medical scenarios. Feels very applicable.


8-Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology, 4th Edition


Great reference book! Graphics are useful (especially for quick look at common adverse effects). Gives succinct description of how drugs in a class work and examples of drugs in a class.