Books I Couldn’t Live Without In Pre-Clinical Years

So I thought I would let you guys know what books I couldn’t live without in the preclinical years of medical school.


My basic first go to book was the brilliant Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology by Martini:


Martini was a brilliant go to book at the start of the course. It gave me all the foundations I would need for the weeks topic in regard to Anatomy and Physiology. It was in simple english and very easy to understand. However, whilst it gives enough detail to give an idea of whats going on, it isn’t completely in depth. If you needed to know something in detail, Martini is a great starting place, but you would need to go to other sources for more detail.


Whilst everyone has heard of Grey’s Anatomy, I didn’t find it all that useful, instead, my favourite Anatomy textbook was Clinically Orientated Anatomy by Moore and Dalley:


Whilst the text is a bit hard to read at first, it has all the information you need to learn anatomy, more so then Grey’s I found.


In regard to clinical medicine, I found I liked 2 books very much. If one book didn’t have the information I needed, the other always would. They are Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine and Davidson’s Principles and Practise of Medicine:

davidsons K&C

To be honest, they are both so similar that their description can be put together. I found them brilliant, they gave you all the stages of a disease you would need to know from causality to symptoms to diagnosis and treatment. However, sometimes one wouldn’t have the disease you needed so you have to use the other.

Both: 9/10

Pathology wise, I liked General and Systemic Pathology by Underwood:


It was in good simple english and gave you a good idea of the disease process. Sometimes, however, it wasn’t detailed enough and wasn’t completely comprehensive, and missed out information that I wish it had.


Specific system wise, I found that the Systems of the Body series  was really useful:


They varied in readability and detailedness but I found them very useful for learning about systems and the related disease processed


So there you have it…the books I couldn’t have lived without in preclinical years of med school.


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