I know the feeling, been there before and done that. The major dilemma of every medical student when starting this long journey in medical school is what books should they be using and which book are you going to invest in?
As books are expensive and time is limited in this post I suggest my top 10 books I used through medical school. Most of the the material covered in these books should help you get through medical school, this blogpost contains most of the information to get you past your clinical years and OSCE exams.
Where do I buy medical school books from?
As most of our shopping is going online I personally used amazon, I Think as an online store Amazon provides a really good shipping service and has a great customer support.
Of course the books you will buy depends on were you are in your medical student training. These books are divided into to preclinical and clinical years.
Pre Clinical Books
This book is one of the best textbooks for studying anatomy. In my opinion, I think that this book is pretty standard and although it’s a really big book to cover, it is easy to understand as the diagrams in the book are really big and clear. I feel that studying anatomy from this book is pretty straightforward and helped me build a mental image of the human body and how the body works. The book is now in its 3rd edition, however, using the older editions is still fine and shouldn’t be a problem.
2. Guyton & Hall Medical Physiology
I personally preferred this book to study physiology. I know on a first glimpse it looks massive! However I didn’t read the entire book. I used snippets from the book its self.
The pros of this book is that the author explains things and not just describes how the physiology works.
It makes concepts relevant to clinical situations and makes the physiology relate to medicine and pathology.
If you understand the physiology you can easily grasp medicine.
I personally used it to study lung physiology and cardiovascular physiology.
This book was a life saver!
I personally hated biochemistry and found it really hard studying it. I never used to go to the lectures cause i found them boring.
After finding this book I started enjoying the way in which biochemistry makes our cells work!
The Biochemistry aspect also got me into nutrition and veganism/ plant based diets!
3.Core Pathology by Lowe
5.Essentials Kumar & Clark's Pocket Handbook
6.Oxford Handbook of Clinical medicine
7.Oxford Handbook of Specialities
8.Obstetrics and Gynaecology Lawrence Impey
9.Psychiatry at a Glance
psychiatry at a glance is an up-to-date, accessible introductory and study text for all students of psychiatry. It presents ‘need-to-know’ information on the basic science, treatment, and management of the major disorders, and helps you develop your skills in history taking and performing the Mental State Examination (MSE).