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First Aid for the Basic Sciences Organ Systems, 2nd Edition (First Aid Series),

The essential companion for your first two years of medical school

From Tao Le, author of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1

First Aid for the Basic Sciences: Organ Systems, 2e provides you with a solid understanding of the basic sciences relative to human organ systems with which all medical students must be familiar. The second edition has been completely revised to feature a more student-friendly and approachable text, an updated high-yield rapid review section, new images, and more.

  • Delivers comprehensive single-source coverage of the entire second year of medical school
  • Includes important background material most other reviews leave out
  • Covers the high-yield topics and facts tested on the USMLE
  • Offers full-color images, learning aids, tables, and concise text to streamline your study and help you excel in coursework and on the USMLE
  • Provides a practical framework for understanding the anatomy, physiology, pathohysiology, and pharmacology of each human organ system
  • Mirrors the table of content of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 to facilitate study
  • Written by students who aced the USMLE and reviewed by top faculty

About the Author

Tao Le, MD, MHS
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Chief, Section of Allergy and Immunology
Department of Medicine
University of Louisville, KY
Kendall Krause, MD
Resident, General Preventive Medicine/Public Health
Colorado School of Public Health

Being an MS2 trying to effectively study for the boards, you’ll find sometimes it takes many books to explain what you are not understanding UNTIL now! I literally only need this book for anatomy,embryology,physiology,pathology and pharmacology (relevant biochem,micro etc are found where needed). The book is written wonderfully, with a conversationalist flow. If you are like me and have trouble just reading lists/bullets of information you HAVE to know, it has been easier to read full chapters of this book compared to all the lists found in First Aid then go quickly review first aid. BUT thank goodness it flows WITH first aid as well. I love the nice side notes which feature key facts or “tie ins”to other chapters or clinical correlations. It help keeps the information feeling less overwhelming while making sure you get the big picture. In fact, there is plenty extra that you can easily annotate into first aid yet not rewrite a book or make you wonder if you are filling first aid with “lower yield facts”.As far as organization, I find it much clearer than first aid but it tries to mimic first aid as much as possible.I love how every major pathology has an intro, presentation,diagnosis, treatment and prognosis subheading. I have found myself looking at cases and remembering the presentation or the drug just from reading it displayed that way (vs first aid that separates anatomy,physiology,path and pharm for the same syndrome). It made my qbank review be more efficient. In fact,I really wish I had bought this book earlier and studied it as an adjunct to all my classes (once you get to organ systems)so I would recommend this for first years as well. I think the earlier the better.

This book offers detailed explanations that the regular First Aid Step 1 book does not include. Thus, it offers more explanations/figures and is therefore helpful. I am giving this three stars instead of five since most medical school notes and texts already have these details and more. So I found this book more of a companion to the regular First Aid rather than an independent text.

Product Details :

  • Series: First Aid Series
  • Paperback: 858 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical; 2 edition (September 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071743952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071743952
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 8.7 x 11 inches

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