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USMLE Books I'm glossing through Medium Robbins right now. i am APPALLED!

i borrowed a friends (he has the new edition, currently using it in his medical school)

i am appalled at this latest version. the text is so small, the pages are razor thing, and there is so much useless information in there, that no one will ever need to know!

also, it seems to be so wordy in things that are low yeild, yet misses high yeild concepts completely. for instance: GI chapter: no whipples disease. and as far as esophageal diverticula go, barely mentions them.

i can't believe that at one point, i debated between Basic Robbins vs Goljan!

Goljan all the way! not only for correlations with phys and biochem. but also for having much more content than what is in robbins, and actually being relevent!!!

rant over.
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Haha I actually only used Goljan and never touched Robbins except for a few intro chapters and it was a great decision now that I think about it. Heck, having watched a few Pathoma videos, I'd say Pathoma > Goljan in terms of 'high yield' material which is to the point.
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Haha I actually only used Goljan and never touched Robbins except for a few intro chapters and it was a great decision now that I think about it. Heck, having watched a few Pathoma videos, I'd say Pathoma > Goljan in terms of 'high yield' material which is to the point.
I myself used the big robbins during medical school as my main reading. this was around 5 years ago though!

i can swear that the font size in medium robbins is smaller than the big robbibs. they probably did that, just to make the book small in size!

and the layout of the new edition of basic robbins is just so bad. i'm lost for words actually. it says so much, but contains so little!
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ok, the reason i went to his medium robbins, was to look for pictures of the different kinds of esophageal atresia and fistulas with the trachea.

i couldn't find any!

it got me mad, so i scanned the rest of the book, it's useless!

looking back, i now really appreciate the big robbins. but i can't imagine most students finding the time to read that. so besides the big robbins, is BASIC robbins really the next best thing that med students today use?

if i did it all over again, i'd use nothing but Goljan. and a good histopath book.
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and there is no mention of Pyloric stenosis, anywhere in medium robbins. yet they have an entire 3 pages (small text) devoted to the PROPOSED immune mechanisms involved in IBD.
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Buddy Forget Robbins,Use goljan for better results
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