Procrastination Fairy

So the daily prompt for today is Procrastination.

I remember doing a sketch show – Manchester Medics Revue 2012 – where there was a Procrastination Fairy. The idea was that every time the student settled down to work (at Portfolio/ PDP for those at medical school in the UK) The Procrastination Fairy would distract the student with so much that the work just didn’t get done.

Thats what I’ve been like recently in regards to packing for University. I move in on Saturday the 24th of August to my flat in Manchester, ready to start Clinical Years at Manchester Royal Infirmary the next week. Its not the packing for University so much as the sorting out all my mess in order to pack for University. Every time I think about packing or sorting things out, I end up doing something else (making my rug, playing a video game, Facebook…etc.)

To be quite honest even this is procrastination…


Being the 1 in 4

I suffer from Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety problems. And I hate them!!!

I was officially diagnosed in October of last year, but on reflection I believe I have been struggling with them since I was 12 but was too scared to come forward for help for fear of being judged. There is such a stigma attached to mental illness and many people refuse to acknowledge or talk about it. I believe that mental illness should be discussed, because without talking about it, others wont understand and will continue to believe incorrect views about mental illness.

The brain is an organ as well. A highly complicated organ at that. It is able to become ill much like any other part of the body. There is not a stigma attached to diseases of other organs: diabetes, broken bones, heart attack. But mental illness- there is still a stigma as well as many uninformed views.

I remember being told by a housemate (a music student) last year in university that “mental illness and depression isn’t real.” That I was “making it up for attention” and that I should just “snap out of it and just be happy”.  Also that there was “research showing that it isn’t real”. This conversation highly upset me – as you can imagine. Unfortunately these kind of views are not uncommon and are incorrect.

Goodness knows, if I could just “Snap Out Of It” I would. Its not like I enjoy being stuck with crippling thoughts and panic attacks, with lethargy and numbness. Unfortunately, Depression and Anxiety isn’t just being “sad” or “unhappy” as people believe – its much more multifactorial than that.

I don’t think I could explain things properly – however Allie from Hyperbole and a Half explains it in a way that I never could :

Sorry – that isn’t the best way to describe things…but there you go. Maybe I will end up talking more coherently on this later

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.