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 First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2013 (First Aid USMLE), 23rd Edition


  • Conveniently organized by organ system and general principles
  • 125+ color clinical photographs integrated throughout the text
  • Hundreds of full-color illustrations clarify essential concepts and improve retention
  • Rapid-review section for last-minute cramming
  • Detailed test-taking strategies to help you maximize your study time
  • Hundreds of student-recommended USMLE Step 1 review resources
  • Advice from students who aced the 2012 exam
  • 1200+ frequently tested facts and mnemonics
  • Hundreds of high-yield color images and diagrams throughout
  • Student ratings of more than 300 review products

    About the Author

    Tao Le, MD, MHS (Louisville, KY) is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Chief, Section of Allergy and Immunology at University of Louisville. He is also affiliated with the Division of Allergy and Immunology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

    Vikas Bhushan, MD (Los Angeles, CA) is a practicing diagnostic radiologist.

    Junior Editors and contributors are students at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

    So being the compulsive person that I am about purchasing books asap for my coursework and USMLE studying, my mom purchased the Kindle version of this book and gifted it to me so I would not have to wait until Jan to get it. After going through a lot of the sections, it appears that the 2012 errors I checked were corrected and some of the images were slightly improved but not all of them. Some of the info has been slightly shifted around a page or two but Embryo section is now placed within the appropriate Organ System. This is much better because I apparently had overlooked the section entirely in 2012 when studying systems due to it being a separate section. I have not been through the entire book yet. Overall, it appears to almost be exactly the same as 2012 but with corrected errors….hopefully this book will not end up having as many errata.

    Kindle Edition runs terribly slow once you get past certain sections of the book. Kindle app sometimes crashes. I am using a Google Nexus 7 32GB to run. Perhaps it would have been best to get the actual book instead of wasting money on an electronic version that is sub-par.

    Having just begun preparing for Step I (May 29 is the day!), I eagerly picked up the newest copy of First Aid. And by newest copy, I’m referring to the actual physical text, not the Kindle version. I’ve been working with the 2012 edition, but picked up the 2013 edition as I plan on doing Doctor’s In Training 2013, and they require the most up-to-date text. I haven’t read the book through in earnest yet, but from my quick skimmings, what I have noticed is that most of the content is very similar to the 2012 edition, except that the HUGE list of errata from the 2012 edition has been corrected. Other than that, you’ll find a few picture tweaks here and there, but nothing major. I did notice the cover is made of a newer material this year, which is much hardier than previous editions, not to mention more “spill-proof.”

    I have since had the binding from my copy removed and the text 3-hole punched, and was relieved to find that a typical 3-hole punch will not punch out any words or graphics. Now my edition is in a nice binder, ready for annotation and adding of other material as I see fit.

    If I come across any huge errors or problems with this text, I’ll update my review, but as for now, I’m pleased with the updates they’ve made.

    EDIT: I have noticed some errors as I have gone into my devoted Step I study period, but they are still much less than that of the 2012 edition. I still like the small changes they made (like incorporating embryology into each section rather than give it its own chapter) and think this is one of the better releases! Check First-Aid’s website for a most up-to-date list of 2013 errata.

    I loved it! It helped me a lot for the study of the Step 1, and I have even used it several times for reviewing things during my study of the Step 2 CK.

    Kindle edition is set up just like the hard copy. Page numbers correlate and everything. This is the ONLY medical/review book I’ve found that is user-friendly. (Goljan’s Rapid Review Pathology kindle book was so difficult to use I ended up buying the hard copy too.) Love this First Aid Kindle version. In this age of portability, I’m disappointed I haven’t found any other books set up as well as this one.

    Obviously a must have for every medical student! Great review of topics and ways to memorize things for Step 1. Obviously not to be used to learn the information though, it is not in as much depth.

Product Details :

  • Series: First Aid USMLE
  • Paperback: 694 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical; 23 edition (December 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071802320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071802321
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.3 x 9.5 inches

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