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Old 07-23-2010
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Warning! What are the best books for....??

I will start my 5th medical year soon.
Please guide me what are the best books for:

Pediatrics: Kaplan, Blueprints or Nelson Essential??(or any book )
Opthalmo: Lecture Notes or ???
Orthopedics: Apley's or ??
ENT: ??
Dermatology: ??
Radilogy: ??

P.S: I want books that are useful for both university study & American style to be familiar with USMLE material
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Arrow No books needed for subspecialties

Talking about USMLE means that no "subspecialty" book is needed.

It's not practical to collect ENT, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Orthopedics, Radiology, or any other surgical or medical sub-branch.

These topics are covered fairly enough by general USMLE review books Such as the ones we have them listed in our Best CK Review Books poll. For example Kaplan lecture notes incorporates chapters for all of those subspecialties you mentioned and these chapters coupled with practice should be enough for your USMLE prep.

Most medical students rely on their lecture notes when it comes to these subspecialties and rarely go deeper than that.

The reasoning behind this, is that when you go for the USMLE exam it would be impossible for you to review such a huge number of books. The less number of books you have for the exam the better so that you can review them quickly during the last few weeks of your prep (intellectual enema approach).

Please do not misunderstand me by thinking that knowledge expansion is not good. On the contrary the more books you read and the more information you accumulate certainly going to build you better as a knowledgeable and well informed doctor. My talk here is to gear you up for is the USMLE per se and am not talking about the wider medical knowledge needed for any successful health professional.
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Thank you very much dear LEE
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Some tips for you friend:

Pediatrics: Kaplan (very good but not enough), Nelson Essential (too small). You can read from Nelson texbook the most important and what you encounter in your electives. any other sourses is good but these two are enough. I tried many but you couldn't try all becuase pediatric is a big material.
Dermatology: anybook you love.
Radilogy: anybook you love.

If you want to concentrate on american exam preparation books, you should bring them this year (I mean books for STEP-1 AND STEP-2). You don't have to use them all but you can look briefly at them becuase they are good in giving you the important things background which is hidden in many of textbooks and university books.

In a concise words, use the best reference in your university with the usmle STEPs best books to make the best result in both sides.
[COLOR=red][B]Sincerely[/B][/COLOR] :) [COLOR=seagreen][B]MEDAAE[/B][/COLOR]
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