Books for medicine. Textbooks for Medical students

Books for medicine. I have grouped below, my top recommendations for the medical books that form the basis of the medical text that you will have to digest before your finals. 🙂

Don’t need to worry. There are a lot of books here but you will have to go through them slowly over the course of 4-5 years depending on your program. So let’s dive right into them.

I would suggest you just skip the coursebooks they try to give you in college, as they cost a lot more than the prices of these books on amazon. I have linked the books below and you can click on the images to see their price on amazon and compare them with your college quoted prices. I would also say it is wise to buy new books and not get second handed ones as they will contain a bunch of notes. You want to make your own notes for the topics that you are weak in. You should not get a book that is already marked and is difficult to read at this point. The Books for Med School guide will help you in picking the necessary text only and not get overwhelmed with the big lists of recommended books for med school.

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Anatomy books for medical students

Anatomy is the first subject you will come across as recently as your first day in medical school. It forms the basis for surgery and pathology. If you want to enter a field where cutting is involved believe me this subject will be your lifeline to get your hands on a couple of procedures during residency. I am not gonna overwhelm you with gray’s anatomy as my recommendation as seriously it is just too big and most of the knowledge in it is never going to appear on any board or class exams. So I will give you the books to quickly digest anatomy as you also have to deal with biochemistry (the worst subject ever at least for me) and physiology in your prime year.

So Snell’s anatomy is my top pick. It is the one I had used during my studies and I would gladly recommend it to you as it is much easier to understand it from the get-go, unlike KLM.

KLM anatomy is one of those that is enjoyed by some students (mostly gunners) due to the fact that it goes a little deeper into the facts and why such and such happens. But to be honest it is a personal preference. I bought this one to study head and neck and back as these areas are very a little bit lacking in Snell’s anatomy but it is up to you to choose between Snell’s and KLM.

Clinical neuroanatomy by Lippincott is definitely a must. Both Snell’s and KLM don’t discuss neuroanatomy at all. They both refer you to this book themselves. If you are gonna study either Snell’s or KLM add this to your collection. Do not go for other neuroanatomy course books as they are not dealing with the clinical side of neuroanatomy like this book.

Physiology books for medical students

The second major subject that you will encounter is physiology. Here it’s just a matter of overall preference more so than technicality. The two mainstay books recommended for physiology are Guyton and hall physiology and Ganong physiology. Both books are great. Guyton’s book has a lot of extra fluff as I like to call it. Fluff is extra information that is not needed in my book, but some people enjoy the reading style of the book. Ganong’s on the other hand is more strict and editorial like so you will have to read it when you are fully awake at night. That can be a hard task though. 🙂

The newer additions of this book are always better than the previous Gen stuff so always get this book in the latest edition.

This is the latest edition of the book I could find at the time of writing the article. It has a few Knicks that I didn’t like the fact that it assumes you are well versed in anatomy when it explains stuff. Which is usually not the case for freshers.

Biochemistry course books for medical students

Ah, the dreaded biochemistry. We all have to get through it. When I was giving my exams this is the subject I feared the most and I was very keen on just passing it. Too many pathways and too many enzymes to remember but these enzymes and pathways make a regular part of most clinical practices and hence biochemistry is one of the major subjects. The books I would recommend for biochemistry are by Lippincott and Satya Narayana. Hear me out. Satya Narayana’s biochemistry is a great book to get the hang of every pathway in detail so you don’t get confused. Lippincott’s book in the earlier editions used to skip certain enzymes in certain pathways and then include them in others, so it was a nightmare for me to understand. So a good read of Satya’s book is my recommendation even if you want to make Lippincott your main textbook.

You can easily get this book on amazon. I would suggest getting the paperback and making notes of pathways on the actual book. It is now offered by Elsevier.

The sixth and seventh editions both are good but the newer one doesn’t have less of the problems as the previous editions had as I explained above.

Histology books for medical students

Embryology books for medical students

Pathology course books for medical students

Microbiology books for medical students

Pharmacology books for medical students

Public Health books for medical students

ENT books for medical students

Ophthalmology books for medical students

Gynae and Obstetrics books for medical students

Pediatrics books for medical students

Medicine books for medical students

Surgery books for medical students

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