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"LESS POPULAR BUT SPECTACULAR" Books for MBBS

Thousands of books have been published on various medical specialties but just a handful of them enter an undergrad's list. Here's a subject-wise compilation of books that are less popular but are spectacular:


1. PHYSIOLOGY:


Vander’s Human Physiology: The Mechanism of Body Function


  • Intuitive introductions to physiological phenomena;

  • Brilliant flowcharts (and sometimes, an integration of different flowcharts of the unit. Eg: Regulation of BP)

  • The eighth edition has the most authentic flavour.






Boron and Boulpaep: Medical Physiology


  • Comprehensive and detailed descriptions.

  • ECG and electrophysiology are very well covered.









2. ANATOMY:


CUNNINGHAM’S Dissection Manual: The older editions


  • Each artery or nerve is treated like the protagonist in a novel, that one forms a mental picturization of the course and relations.

  • Some ancient terms may confuse, but clarification is just clicks away.












KEITH L MOORE: The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology


  • Comprehensive and chronological account of the fetus

  • Clinical Correlations and embryological defects are well covered











3. PATHOLOGY:


WILLIAM BOYD: TEXTBOOK of PATHOLOGY



  • Pathology meets poetry!

  • Has a lovely flavour of describing lesions that one cannot ever forget after reading. (Atherosclerotic plaque- “as if a drop of wax had fallen on the aorta”)

  • Not the new 10th Edition. Eighth and before are the original works of the author










RUBIN’S PATHOLOGY



  • Well-structured descriptions of pathology.

  • Some images are better than Robbins.

  • Has a Board Review book that is very insightful.








ERIC HSI: Hematopathology:



  • A Volume in the Series: Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology

  • Peripheral smears are stunningly beautiful












4. PHARMACOLOGY


GOODMAN AND GILMAN'S The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics

  • The biggest and best book in pharmacology, of which, KD Tripathi is a collection of notes.

  • Historical and literary references in the book leave an everlasting impression. Eg: Before the pharmacology of alcohol, GG quotes William Shakespeare from Macbeth describing the effects of alcohol.

  • Has a workbook and casebook that functions as the perfect companion to learning




DR LAURENCE: Clinical Pharmacology

  • Long and excellent descriptions of the principles of (general) pharmacology.

  • Vivid examples that make one recall the concept itself. Eg: The old man with recurring gynaecomastia.

  • Out of print but a good internet search will suffice.


















5. MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY:


Dr. SRIDHAR RAO’s Website: https://www.microrao.com/


  • Fun way to learn microbiology with puzzles, crosswords…

  • Readymade presentations of various microbes

  • FAQs for practical classes






ROITT’S ESSENTIAL IMMUNOLOGY


  • The number 1 book to learn the principles of immunology and there’s no number 2!

  • Has a cool website with exciting features to aid learning: https://www.roitt.com/default.asp



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