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USMLE Books BRS Physio seems to be missing HY info which is in Kaplan Physio!

I started reading through Costanzo physiology. Both the big book, and then went through the BRS.

it's pretty easy reading, and doesn't seem bad at all. then out of curiosity, i checked out the kaplan vids for cardio, and Dr. K goes into MUCH MORE detail on things like valves/murmurs ,and Especially cardiac function curves and pressure volume loops.

these things are in BRS, but kaplan actually applies the concepts clinically.

anybody else catch onto this?
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I did. IMO it's best to read both. BRS...actually Costanzo's text gives you the physio knowledge you'll need for pretty much life. Whilst Kaplan, well...it's really board oriented. I loved them both, more Costanzo but for boards I'll stick to kaplan only because this is the way it'll appear on the test.

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yes , I am not sure why people recommend BRS over Kaplan ,although by quick comparison in some chapters it lacks some detail ,
Does it like pay off after finishing that you remember most of it or Kaplan adds low Yield information ??

I am starting physiology and having this problem of choosing between them , I need advice from someone who really completed BRS was it sufficient ?
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can you please mention the topics missing in BRS by castanzo if they are not many :sorry: ...... but I do agree it's a great book when it comes to physiology
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Default I agree 100% with tootsie above!!

Costanzo text is excellent! Because it is such an amazing book, I am going to finish it.

It just does an amazing job of EXPLAINING the links within concepts, that Kaplan doesn't do - and doesn't need to, because we should already know this stuff!

In my experience so far (I've only done Cardio in Kaplan), for that section, I concluded that Costanzo text lays out the foundation, links the concepts, but there is very little application of those concepts.

Kaplan on the other hand, spends little time on concepts, but more time on the practical application of the concepts.

An example of this are the Cardiac Function Curves, and Pressure-Volume Loops. Costanzo lays out the foundation, uses some examples to illustrate changes. But Kaplan really focuses on what is going on during diseased states. That's the difference I find so far.



So if I was pressed for time, and I had a pretty good physiology background, I'd stick with kaplan.

But on the other hand, if you do have time, you feel motivated, and want to brush up, then Costanzo is a book that is a pleasure to read!

And as tootsie pointed out above, as doctors, physiology is pretty much central in understanding pathology! I cannot imagine working as an internist, without a SOLID understanding of basic physiology.

I originally planned to read through Costanzo text in 1 week. I was on schedule to do so, but I slowed it down, and will now take at least 2 weeks to complete it. Only because I am convinced that a solid understanding in physiology will make subjects like Pharm and Pathology much more easier, and i'll be able to integrate it with Goljan RR very nicely, because I'll feel more confident when integrating with these other subjects.
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can you please mention the topics missing in BRS by castanzo if they are not many :sorry: ...... but I do agree it's a great book when it comes to physiology
sorry, didn't address this completely. for cardiology, nothing seems to be really missing. its just that the focus on costanzo seems to be more on the foundations, and kaplan more on the application side.

for instance, pressure-volume loops are explained quite nicely, but kaplan then extends this and applies them to MI, MS, AI, and AS - with there corresponding pressure-volume loops. This is not mentioned at all in Costanzo Text, but the foundation of pressure-volume loops are explained. but imo, maybe just enough detail, for you to extrapolate the P-V loops for the above valvular pathologies on your own. but why go through this trouble, when kaplan has already layed this out for you!!

for cardiology at least, kaplan does very little to go into concepts. but spends more time on things that seem to be more board relevant.

costanzo text obviously just lays the foundation, sort of as an intro.

i'm going to finish doing Respiratory today in Costanzo, from the beginning. I'll update this thread when I start doing the Respiratory in Kaplan. After a very quick browse of both, it looks to be the same. Costanzo more on foundations, and Kaplan more zoned in on board relevent things we should know.
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You are talking about the big book or BRS ?
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You are talking about the big book or BRS ?
yes, i'm talking about the big costanzo book. the brs is just a bullet point version of the big book.

i was going through respiratory section in the big costanzo book today. to my surprise, there is no mention of volume-flow loops!!!!!

i then browsed through kaplan, and found a section on that. i think i'm going to NEED to do kaplan after going through Costanzo!

how can constanzo fail to put the volume-flow loops? isn't that an important concept for us to know????
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yes it is important but may be all those people who recommend BRS might have found these graphs and other missing concepts from Uworld ...... just a thought
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yes, i'm talking about the big costanzo book. the brs is just a bullet point version of the big book.

i was going through respiratory section in the big costanzo book today. to my surprise, there is no mention of volume-flow loops!!!!!

i then browsed through kaplan, and found a section on that. i think i'm going to NEED to do kaplan after going through Costanzo!

how can constanzo fail to put the volume-flow loops? isn't that an important concept for us to know????
So Do you think someone should just Do Kaplan if he is going to do one book ? I liked BRS more but I don't feel it is sufficient alone
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yes , I am not sure why people recommend BRS over Kaplan ,although by quick comparison in some chapters it lacks some detail ,
Does it like pay off after finishing that you remember most of it or Kaplan adds low Yield information ??

I am starting physiology and having this problem of choosing between them , I need advice from someone who really completed BRS was it sufficient ?
I did BRS while watching Kaplan videos. So, if they mentioned something that is important & missing from BRS, I'd add it to my FA.
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