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First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2012

4.31  ·  Rating Details ·  400 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Turn to the world's bestselling medical review book for the most thorough and up-to-date USMLE preparation possible - now in FULL COLOR

"First Aid for the USMLE Step 1" delivers exactly what you need to ace the exam: More than 1200 frequently tested facts and mnemonics that provide a complete framework for your USMLE review. Conveniently organized by organ system and genera
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Paperback, 680 pages
Published December 19th 2011 by McGraw-Hill Medical Publishing
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Marcie
Jun 25, 2011 Marcie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I'm not recommending any of you read this book, but I spent ~12 hours/day, 7 days/week for 6 weeks memorizing it, so I felt it deserved a shout out on my Goodreads. It's basically a study guide for medical licensing boards, and every page of mine is highlighted and annotated, read and reread, hated and loved. All my classmates have a copy, but the joke around here is that I'm overly attached to mine -- I can creepily open it directly to specific topics, and I had to keep it in my bed with me ...more
John
May 08, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
I laughed, I cried...but mostly cried.
Stewart
Jun 10, 2012 Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To say that I love this book would be a gross distortion of the truth. More accurate would be to say that I have an intimate relationship with this book. I see her more than my own wife and children. That does not mean that I love her. In all honesty I'm using her because she's easy and puts out quickly. She's so good that I plan on sharing her with my friends.
Andrew L. Warren
Sep 13, 2010 Andrew L. Warren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All 2nd year medical students
Shelves: medical
Excellent comprehensive review. More detailed than 2008, but the added information is the most up to date. Consistently based on current research. Vital information for all 4 years of medical school. I use this info on the wards constantly.
Katie
Jun 13, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I know, it's my stupid FA study guide. But I read it 3 times and skimmed it a 4th so I feel it deserves to be on this list. An obvious must-have for Step 1 and provides all the essentials, but I am so sick of looking at this book. Plus sometimes it's overly concise and I had to look elsewhere for context, which was annoying. This edition also didn't have all the fancy color pictures that the 2012 edition does, not that I felt like I didn't learn just as well. In the end, good riddance Fir ...more
Marla Shu
Jan 17, 2012 Marla Shu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medical
No one needs to review this. It's a gold standard. You know what it's good for. Just have a very solid biochem background before tackling the biochem section. Or go review it first with another source.
Megan
Jun 05, 2015 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i only included it because it took up such a big part of my actual reading time, it felt like i should. honestly...i spent way too much time with this book. the important thing is, i'll never have to look at it again.
Andrew L. Warren
Sep 13, 2010 Andrew L. Warren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Second year medical students
Shelves: medical
Awesome review, everything you need to know from the first two years of medical school. This information is valuable for "pimp" questions during 3rd year. Excellent overview of core information. Memorize it!
Dan
Oct 28, 2011 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've become so close to this book i'm obligated to give it 5 stars. It did have everything needed for the step 1, especially if you annotated the margins like I did. By the time I was done the book was about twice as thick as originally due to added pages and notes.
Reem Itani
more of a must-read for need-to-know info.
Ryan Manns
Apr 30, 2013 Ryan Manns rated it really liked it
Shelves: medical
All I used with FA 2014 and Uworld and did fine. Moral of the story, use FA.
Haider A zaini
May 09, 2013 Haider A zaini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best book for USMLE step 1 prep .. Accompanied by U world Q bank .. U will definitly beat it !!
Hayley
Sep 05, 2009 Hayley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't wait until this book is out of my life.
Stephanie
Jun 09, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book (and previous editions) have helped me immensely these past two years. I'll see in a couple of days how helpful it has been for the boards...
Jesse Jensen
May 16, 2009 Jesse Jensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great review for the 1st Step that determines your destiny, or so they say.

I dreaded getting through this book, and when I had read it 5 times, I was totally burned out.
Alyssa
May 03, 2010 Alyssa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: med-school
It's so good I'm reading it for the 3rd time.... I have learned quite a bit from it. If you are trying to pass Step 1, it is a must read.
Wajid
Apr 10, 2012 Wajid rated it liked it
Shelves: usmle-step-1
The errata is just too huge I came to almost believe this was done on purpose so I will have to purchase the 2013 edition. Ah that's not cool at all I am not rich!
Kelly
Jun 03, 2008 Kelly added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
on my third read through, this explains why I have not been more active... taking the boards 6/11
Azadeh Nasrazadani
There was definitely crying involved...
Sas
Feb 19, 2009 Sas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
กดีนะ สรุปเนือหาแตละบทดีมากๆเลย แตวาบางบทกนอยเกินไป อานไปอาจจะไมเขาใจได แตกไดความคิดรวบยอดดี เพียงแตวาอาจไมละเอียดเทาไหรนัก ...more
Atifa
Apr 12, 2013 Atifa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
why you no die
Wajid
Feb 12, 2013 Wajid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usmle-step-1
a medical bible basically but lacks in consistency...I guess that it's unavoidable when you want to take step 1
Hashim Qureshi
Aug 01, 2013 Hashim Qureshi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OH GOD THIS BOOK IS MY LIFE
Danulka
My Med bible
Renee Wierz
Jan 30, 2013 Renee Wierz rated it it was amazing
I am rating this one but I mean to say check out the 2013 under assisted editors and find yours truly :) Great Read!! :)
Borchertkaren
May 04, 2010 Borchertkaren is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Everything I will ever need to know.
Anne
Mar 28, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure if "really like" is the appropriate phrase. They didn't have a star for "painful but useful and necessary."
Steve Reinheimer
Like everyone else, every page read more than once, highlighted, noted, bookmarked. Essential.
Natasha
Jun 10, 2012 Natasha added it
Shelves: textbooks
This book has been my life for the past 6 weeks. Tomorrow I will finally be free of its grasp over me. It might be the happiest day of my life so far.
Heba Naseem
great book. made me smile that i could actually add this on goodreads heheheh
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