Best textbooks for medical students

What are the top textbooks you consider the best for Medical students?

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  1. Itohanosa Eriamiator

    Kelth moore for clinical anatomy, Guyton and hall physiology and Dm vasudeva biochemistry. All the textbook listed are standard textbooks which could aid easy understanding as well as making sure, the basic concepts are intact. That’s my recommendation.

  2. Faith shulammite

    To understand the basics of pharmacology, Lippincott illustrated review. For stuffs 😅, Goodman and Gilman’s pharmacology and therapeutics text book will get the job done😊

  3. chineme

    Guyton and Hall and Essential physiology——physiology
    Textbook of histology by Gartner,BRS Physiology —– Histology
    Langman Embryology(Sadler)—–Embryology
    Chaursia, last anatomy, Frank netters——-Anatomy
    DM vasudevaan, Harper’s —– Medical Biochemistry

  4. Eximia_dc

    I would recommended Keith Moore Clinically oriented anatomy and Vishram Singh for gross anatomy, Netter’s Atlas also if you want a clearer picture of the structures.
    -Junqueira for Histology
    -Keith Moore embryology textbook for embryology
    -Harper’s and Vasudevan for biochemistry
    -Essential physiology and Guyton and Hall for Physiology
    Ps:Watch Acland’s Videos too. It’s really helpful

  5. Support

    Excelling in medical school requires consistency, dedication and good books. Good books are key elements that ensure excellence in medical school and knowing the top best books to study with is the first step in the right direction.
    Recommending these books is only but the first step to medical excellence as the need for a mentor cannot be overly emphasized. To ensure these books work for you, you need to have two very vital elements in your corner;
    1. A mentor who guides and paves a way for you. Everything you study may come to nothing if you don’t study in the right direction; you need to be able to differentiate high yield concepts from low yield concepts while studying.
    2. A study Plan/guide. Now you have the textbooks, where do you go from there?? How should you approach the textbooks?? Every medical student requires a guide to excel in medical school.
    Are these the only elements you require to excel as a medical student? No, but they are the most vital elements you will need.
    Now to my book recommendations;
    PHYSIOLOGY: (1) Medical Physiology by Guyton and Hall (2) Essentials of Medical Physiology by K. Sembulingam

    ANATOMY (Embryology): Langman’s Medical Embryology by T. W Sadler
    ANATOMY (Histology): Wheater’s Functional Histology (International Edition)
    ANATOMY (Gross): Clinically Oriented Anatomy by Keith Moore

    BIOCHEMISTRY: Biochemistry for Medical Students by DM Vasudevan

    The above listed books are my personal favourites for preclinical students.

    Starting your medical school journey with these textbooks laced with a mentor, a good study plan and of course YouTube video series will guarantee Medical School Excellence.
    Thank you

  6. Gboega

    Hey, I hope this isn’t too late though.

    Personally, I’ve discovered that using at least two textbooks (could be more) helps you to broaden your scope, and really get the topic you’re dealing with (Like I said, personally).
    If you’re new to College, it might seem high and mighty (one textbook alone is high and mighty 😂), but it really isn’t. Just one step at a time.
    Now, to the books (I’ll add why I recommend the books too to see if that helps✌️).

    Biochemistry –
    D.M Vasudevan seems a sure banker, it’s basic and easy to learn/cram whichever suits you. Lippincott is also nice too (It’s precise).

    Physiology –
    If you like easy English, and you have no base knowledge of the Topic I’d advise K.Sembulingam to begin with. After this (or if you don’t mind taking a while to comprehend the “stuff”) dive into Guyton & Hall (your life will never remain the same😉)


    Histology –
    Junquiera, no cap🙅

    Embryology –
    T.W Sadler (It’s pretty basic, and is like a bank of clinical correlates). However I stumbled across a really nice book, with nice diagrams, and easy language as well, so I highly recomend it, Before We Were Born by Keith .L Moore and someone I can’t remember now. (Oh yeah, try getting an embryology atlas too, it helps, I think Frank Better has one).

    Gross Anatomy –
    My Authority in Gross Anatomy is Gray’s Anatomy 🙂, Simple English, amazing diagrams, and before you know it, you’re done with the topic with understanding too✌️. If you want clinical correlates try Keith .L Moore (although, like the title says, it’s Clinically oriented, you’re expected to have an idea before opening Keith Moore, or it’ll take a lot of time). If you feel up for it there’s Gray’s Clinical Approach to Anatomy(it has all the stuff in Keith Moore, just way extra y nobody will ask you now😂), I guarantee you’ll find everything in “that” Gray even Neuroanatomy and embryology (it’s quite concise).
    Then of course, get an Atlas, F. Netter because it’s detailed, Gray because in P&P there are stuffs missing in F.Netter.
    If you like dissection try Grant’s Atlas too✌️😉 .

    I hope this message isn’t too long and you could read it through 😅. Hope this helps✌️.

    1. PamPam

      Long but very helpful. Thanks a lot. What about videos? Any recommendation?

  7. Gboega

    Oh yeah, in Pharmacology there’s one Lord to rule them all, one Lord to bind them, Katzung and Trevor series (Sorry, that’s Lord of the Rings😉).
    But you get the concept sha. There’s the Pocket friendly version, and there’s the “All-in-one” Basic And Clinical Pharmacology, It will just take your time ni😂😂. You could try Lipincott Pharmacology for sharp sharp/Introduction sha.

    All in all, College is about finding what suits you, same with the books.
    And Of course, your lecturers notes/materials is the most important 😉

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