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Default Is it possible to read the whole of dense textbooks (such as Robbins) during medical school?

I was wondering, is it possible/should we go through the dense recommended textbooks cover to cover during our medical course? Some of the books that they prescribe here and I think which is quite similar everwhere is:

Textbook of Medical Physiology by Guyton & Hall & Review of Medical Physiology by Ganong
Harper's Biochemistry
Basic & Clinical Pharmacology by Bertram G. Katzung
Pathologic Basis of Disease by Kumar, Abbas, Fuasto & Aster [Robbins & Cotran]
Review of Medical Microbiology & Immunology by Warren Levinson

I've tried reading them but I can't go further than the first few chapters after which I have to resort to concise guide books cause the exams start knocking on my door & I don't have enough time to go through the main books. It happens every term! Although I have to admit I don't try much waste a lot of time on my 'recreation'

The only book on the list that I think I'll be able to read almost to its entirity is the Warren Levinson one. I started off with Katzung for Pharma but now I mostly follow Lippincott's. Same thing happened with Biochem, used much more of Lippincott's than Harper's. And as for physio, I've been able to give a light read of only half of the chapters of Guyton and didn't read more than a very few lines from Ganong. For Pathology, again, just few light views from Robbins and mostly some local concise guides and tidbits of Goljan.

The point is, am I going too shallow through medical school. Should I be reading more deeply through these 'classic' boooks for building a strong foundation of medical sciences?

Sorry for the boringly long post!

P.S.: I would just like to clear out that I'm talking about how to study through medical coursework and not about exam preparation.
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I recommend reading Robins and Cotrans Pathologic Basis of Disease during your courses. It's a great book. Allows you to build a good foundation in pathology. However, reading the whole book is impossible
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