Reddit reviews: The best medicine books

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Top Reddit comments about Medicine:

u/hhungryhhippo · 6 pointsr/medicalschool

I'm not sure if this will be helpful for you, but I really liked this book when I was completely lost. I have a feeling you may be past this point in trying to pick a specialty, but this may be a good place to get a better understanding of the field. If you don't have access to this book and want it, PM me and I'll send you a copy. Also check out this post with comprehensive spreadsheet that another student put together.. it is pretty amazing


One things I often tell underclassmen is that it is better to shoot for the "harder" specialty because you can switch over to the easier one if you change your mind. However, going the other way around is often impossible. So a lot of people start residency in general surgery and change their minds about it and switch to anesthesiology. This is very common and anesthesiology is a very welcoming field to people who've changed their minds after starting residency. I would say if you're really torn and on the fence about general surgery vs anesthesiology know that you could always go for anesthesia later. You probably will not be able to choose where you go location wise, but you won't be locked of out the specialty if you decide to go with gen surg first.


I actually matched into anesthesiology (current MS4). Obviously take everything I have to say with a grain of salt... but I think anesthesiology is a great specialty. I'm surprised that you've heard people complaining that their job could be done by midlevels. At my program (and on my interviews) I've honestly never met an anesthesiologist who didn't love their job. Perhaps the rotation site you're at just doesn't have the complexity of cases that are seen at other places. I think the biggest thing about anesthesiology is that you have to be ok with many cases being a standard routine. Everyone agrees that you can teach a monkey to intubate and turn on some gas, but being a physician really matters in those cases where things aren't routine. Being prepared for those critical/scary situations is what the training is really about. Also, the anesthesiologists I work with are always trying to perfect what they are doing in their usual routine. Often they are trying to tweak things so patients are as comfortable as possible when they wake up. Anyways, I will admit that anesthesiology isn't for everyone, but I wouldn't rule out the specialty because a few people you've met are unhappy. Anecdotally, I find that the field has really high job satisfaction compared to other specialties (among residents and attendings).


Also not sure if this is going to be a big deciding factor for you, but I know many well regarded MD anesthesiology residency programs are DO friendly. One program I interviewed at that I remember most clearly being very DO friendly is case western. In terms of competitiveness, I would say anesthesiology is relatively easy. You do not need to be top of your class to match into this field. Refer to the spreadsheet above for numbers on competitiveness. My personal experience is that I got interviews from many of the top programs without being very competitive (bottom half of my class for sure and nothing especially impressive on my application to compensate for it).

Best of luck to you!

u/Hutchisonac · 3 pointsr/physicaltherapy

I recently underwent a similar change, having worked in outpatient orthopedics for 6-ish years (+lots of $$ spent on con-ed including manual therapy certification) and abruptly switching to acute care. My decision was spurred by increasingly high patient volumes (which seems to be a trend in Vegas OP) and an inability to provide what I would consider 1-on-1 patient care in a manner that fit my values. I've been in acute care for about 8 months now and haven't looked back. As a result of this, I do feel like a new graduate at times, but I've been excited to dig into new information and material, while enjoying the pace and exposure to a variety of conditions acute care offers.

Some things I've found useful thus far:

Don't be afraid to ask questions. Most of my fellow co-workers are younger than me, but have more experience in this area. Check your ego at the door.

I've found getting to know the nurses in each unit to be invaluable. Find them prior to seeing your patient, get any further information they may have regarding your patient (outside of your chart review) and discuss with them any pertinent findings of your evaluation.

Chart review! I want to know as much as I can regarding my patient's prior to seeing them. I mostly do evaluations and want to garner as much of a clinical picture as I can including lab values, vital trends, imaging findings / reports, physician notes, nursing notes, surgical reports, pending tests / labs, medications, etc. You can gain a lot of information from the electronic chart.

Vital signs on everyone. This is easier in the ICU where everyone is monitored, but on your ortho and med/surg floors I don't think I can under state this. I've run into countless asymptomatic people who upon assessment have systolic BP > 200, or more recently having a patient who's blood pressure dropped from 85 systolic to 50 systolic following 1 sit<>stand.

Collaboration with your fellow speech, occupational and respiratory therapists. I can be myopic at times, so getting input from findings from your other therapists can be helpful.

Having a good line of communication with your case managers. You are an advocate for your patients and need to have an open line of communication to discuss or challenge d/c recommendations.

Lines. Double check for any lines, tubes or catheters even if nothing stands out. Our electronic chart will tell me what lines are present upon chart review, but it doesn't hurt to double or triple check prior to mobilizing a patient.

Some resources I've found helpful as a new acute PT:

www.medbridgeeducation.com ($200/yr with discount code, a number of courses focused on acute care)

It's been a learning process with the transition, but I've been thoroughly enjoying it. Plus, I get the added benefit of seeing anatomy on a deeper level when it comes to wound care. Not to mention, the added benefit when you get your patients who are mechanically ventilated up and moving, while seeing their appreciation that they have for your services / help. Enjoy!

u/dalebewan · 2 pointsr/LSD

> I know you said you have a book or something - PM me about that, I'm interested!

I've sent you a PM about the book. Glad to hear you're interested!

> What about this theory that floats around on the internet and that celebrities like Joe Rogan talk about that the pineal gland produces DMT, especially during sleep.

There is some evidence of DMT production in the pineal gland, but it's very scant at this stage. One study, last year (2013), showed trace amounts of DMT in the pineal glands of rats. This could mean that DMT is produced there, or somewhere else in the body and then stored/used there; however the amounts were far too limited to have any kind of psychedelic effect.

It's not extremely surprising, as DMT is chemically quite similar to the likes of serotonin and melatonin, so for it to form naturally in the brain isn't a huge jump biochemically speaking... it's also however not terribly interesting or useful until we know more about how much, when, why, and so on.

It could also however simply have been a freak occurrence. I'd like to see more studies being done to confirm it - especially with multiple species and animals of different ages (which may make a very large difference as well given the possible relationship between the pineal gland and the parietal eye that I mentioned).

> How did you learn as much as you know specifically about LSD?

It helps being old ;)

More seriously - I've simply read a lot and studied a lot with a critical mind. I'm a software developer professionally, but I've spent around 15 years of my free time learning and researching psychedelics and associated fields. I have no formal training, but I read university level textbooks on neuroscience, biochemistry, pharmacology and so on for fun.

Mostly, I'm just the kind of person that's both passionately curious about the world as well as being the kind of person that likes to critically analyse things. This helps to steer away from the mystical side of things (all very interesting, but lacking in anything even remotely similar to evidence) and keep me searching in more productive lines of enquiry.

> Any other books or references you'd be willing to share?

Hmmm... quite a lot.

"LSD" by Otto Snow is a good general purpose LSD book, with pretty detailed synthesis information that helps you understand the chemistry even if you're not actually planning on synthesising it yourself.

I'm not sure of your current level of skill, but if you need an intro, or refresher in to the basics of the right kind of chemistry, then Organic Chemistry I for Dummies is a great book according to my wife (who went from "no knowledge" to "able to at least understand what I'm talking about" just from this book).

For a "step-up" from there and getting to looking at the brain specifically, I'd start with (and continually go back to) Molecular Neuropharmacology: A Foundation for Clinical Neuroscience.

Aside from that, every research paper you can find dealing with related material. There's some good review papers as well for "summing up" a lot of others. One I really liked was "The Pharmacology of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide: A Review" by Passie et al.

I also found some online courses to be really good. I recently did "Drugs and the Brain" on Coursera; it was definitely a good refresher for me, and would be excellent for anyone with a basic grounding but wanting to learn more in general. There's another on Coursera called "Medical Neuroscience", which I unfortunately missed, but will catch the next time around; and one coming up really soon titled "Understanding the Brain: The Neurobiology of Everyday Life" which I'll be doing but expect to be a somewhat simpler course than the others (I'll take it anyway - re-covering basics is always good because you do find things you've managed to miss no matter how long you've been learning).

Edit: One additional thing I should have mentioned... here on reddit, check out /r/drugnerds and maybe also /r/rationalpsychonaut

u/leukocytosis · 2 pointsr/ems

Really good question, but difficult to answer. It all depends on how you define "competent understanding of emergency medicine."

Listening to podcasts and whatnot is a great way to keep up with new advances, but most of the EM podcasts expect listeners to have a broad fund of knowledge. I think your time might be better spent focusing on getting a solid foundation in the basics. Here's my two cents.

  1. Learn anatomy and medical terminology. Work on getting comfortable with medical lingo and use it (appropriately) in your reports. Medicine is about sounding smart as much as it is about being smart. For example, documenting that you noted "bilateral +2 lower extremity pitting edema extending to the knees" on a CHFer sounds a whole lot more professional than "lower legs swollen." Being able to describe physical exam findings accurately and professionally goes a long way and garners much respect.

    It's equally important to know when not to use certain medical terms, as there are quite a few words that carry an "oh shit" connotation. For example, do not describe an abdomen as "rigid" unless their belly feels like your palpating the tires of your ambulance. A true rigid abdomen means they need to be in the OR 2 hours ago. Do not a sleepy sick toddler as "lethargic" unless the kid is pretty much limp and lifeless. You'll end up scaring the shit out of your ED staff and/or making yourself look like an idiot.

  2. Expand your physical exam and history taking abilities. You probably won't learn much more in the way of history/physical skills in medic class. Those are BLS skills. I highly recommend reading Bates. Not all of it is pertinent to EMS, but a lot of it is.

    Knowing which questions to ask is hugely important. Bates also covers a lot of terminology too, which goes back to point #1. For example, the whole "chest pain patient clutching fist to chest" thing they teach in EMT class...that has a name. That's a Levine's sign. And if you can accurately describe skin findings (eg "diffuse erythematous maculopapular rash" as opposed to "hives"), you'll look like a genius.

  3. Learn physiology and pathophysiology. Read up on the diseases that they didn't teach you about in EMT class. Understand basic things like wheezing does not mean asthma.

  4. Learn common drugs and their pharmacology, especially the ones you carry. Epocrates is a great way to start. Lange Basic and Clinical Pharmacology is a great reference. It's the standard pharm book for medical schools, but its great at explaining things in a way that's fairly easy to understand.

  5. If you're curious about something, be proactive in finding out the answer. Look it up yourself or ask the medics you work with, ED staff, docs, etc.

    TL;DR- Never stop learning.

u/KaptainKrunch · 16 pointsr/Residency

I am a PGY-4 Rad resident. Here are some resources that I think you guys might find helpful.


  • University of Virginia, online radiology tutorials. These cover many different aspects of radiology, from CT to US, as well as some basic trauma evaluation for every modality. Many modules review normal anatomy as well. A very good resource for a quick general overview. HERE
  • Radiology Assistant One of the BEST resources for radiology residents and all other residents as well in my opinion. Covers many high-yield aspects of imaging. It goes into a little more depth for each topic than the UVA tutorials. I have looked at their bone tumor differential article many times. This website is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning more, even for med students. [http://www.radiologyassistant.nl/] (http://www.radiologyassistant.nl/)
  • LearningRadiology Wonderful general resource, geared towards medical students. The guy who wrote the book is the chair or PD for a program in North Philly I think. I read his book in medical school.
  • Radiopaedia.org You already know who it is...(Silento). Many of my co-residents and attendings make fun of this website. I call it the WebMD of radiology. It's not bad in a pinch, but StatDx is a much better alternative
  • StatDx The UpToDate of radiology. Requires big $$$ to access. Totally worth it IMO. Has every conceivable disease on there, as well as imaging/pathology/workup/recommendations/andeverythingelse. Written for radiology residents and attendings, so having some general knowledge makes it more palatable.

    Chest X-ray

    If you're serious about it, start with Felson's Principles of Chest Roentgenology, A Programmed Text. Don't let the 288 pages scare you, half of the pages are images and the other half only contain like 100 words of text. It's set up with big pictures on one side, and easy explanations and multiple choice questions on the opposing page. It kind of reminded me of that Dale Dubin EKG book (the orange one).

    If you're kind of "meh" about it. Just check out the UVA tutorials above, or this..

    All that being said, Chest X-rays can be some of the most challenging and humbling cases to read. You could read 5 books and still suck. I'm probably going to recommend a CT anyways.

    Interventional Radiology Gunners

    This guy makes some decent youtube videos. Maybe you'll impress someone someday and only have to sell 1 limb to get into IR.


  • Radiographics ABR Series. Radiographics articles geared towards the ABR. Please don't read these unless you want to be absolutely insufferable.
  • ASNR Neuroradiology Lectures For nerds only.
  • STR Cardiothoracic Lectures For boring nerds only. Although the PA/Lateral Xray video overview is only 30 minutes long and pretty good.

    Finding good articles

    Just google "(What your looking for) + Radiographics. The Radiographics educational journal has some of the best educational articles and modules overall. You might become too smart and lose all your friends.

    Hope that helps. If I think of anything else, I'll periodically update this comment
u/CWMD · 3 pointsr/medicine

I would avoid test-prep books then-- those tend to skim the surface of things like pathophys and always seem to be more focused on important facts and associations, etc., and not on the science.

Sadly there is no quick answer for getting better at pathophys (it takes 2 years to cover the basics in med school). Working in an ED you don't have massive amounts of time to read either. As a resident I find myself wanting to review stuff all the time but am pretty busy too, so with that in mind, my recommendations would be:

-UpToDate/Dynamed/Medscape/etc. usually have nice sections in their articles on the pathophysiology of various conditions. The temptation is to skip to the "diagnosis" or "management" sections but there is usually some good stuff in those articles that you can read on the fly

-For critical illness and general physiology, The ICU Book is great and not too dry a read. If you want much more in depth stuff on medical conditions, Harrison's Internal Medicine is a great resource but reads like a phonebook sometimes. If you care about the microscopic level, Robbins & Cotran is basically all the pathology for the non-pathologist you will ever need- can also be a bit dry at times too.

-Look up the mechanism of action of meds you don't know about (Micromedex smart phone app is great for that)

-When you consult someone because you are unsure about something, ask them about what is going on (subspecialists are usually not shy about dropping knowledge if you ask for it); it may also help prevent future un-needed consults which they appreciate

Hope this helps.

u/Ansel_Adams · 5 pointsr/medicalschool

I'm going to copy and paste a previous comment of mine:

> My two cents:
> Realistically at the medical student level the most important study to be able to interpret is going to be a chest x-ray. So, if you’re looking for resources to go past the general anatomy and “approach to a chest x-ray” I would recommend Felson’s Principles of Chest Roentgenology.
> It’s a ‘programmed text’ like Dubin’s for EKGs, and goes through pathology topic by topic, with lots of opportunity to practice interpretation and to see if you are right or wrong. It’s a relatively quick read and there are lots of practice cases at the end as well.
> I stressed interpretation before because, sure you may have a test question about the difference between an epidural vs. subdural bleed, but it’s not like you are going to be interpreting CTs or MRIs.
> Knowing the underlying anatomy and the differential for the pathology would probably be a better use of your time than going through any of the introductory texts like Learning Radiology: Recognizing the Basics or Squire’s Fundamentals of Radiology. (My point here being that you need to know what you are looking at if you are actually going to be able to make sense of a study.) If you were considering radiology, one might be nice to have as a reference, but again, I do not think actually trying to read through the whole thing would be a good use of time.
> Without cases to practice with, a lot of that knowledge probably will not stick. Whenever you have the chance, trying to look at a film before reading the radiologist’s report to test yourself can be helpful, as is trying to actively correlate what you see on the film compared to the clinical exam.
> After having a good knowledge of chest x-rays, your next most common scenarios that require interpretation would probably be emerg related - again chest x-rays will be super common, but others like abdo series, extremity skeletal trauma, cervical spine, etc. will be useful.
> Having said that, there are online resources like “Introduction to Radiology” from the University of Virginia or Radiology Masterclass.
> ---
> TL;DR:
> - Felson’s to learn how to interpret chest films
> - Pay attention to the little things you might be tested on like the features of arthritis on plain films, epidural vs. subdural, etc. etc. as you learn the rest of your clinical stuff
> - Know your anatomy
> - Radiopaedia for everything else that comes up
> - a PDF of an introductory text might be nice as a reference for a rads gunner - not as something to try to read cover to cover

u/drdikdik · 2 pointsr/medicine

I haven't read this book but it's a nice hardcover with beautiful historical illustrations and is not very expensive. I doubt it's comprehensive / definitive but you'll love flipping through it and it'll look great on your bookshelf:


Another area I've become interested in (in my own field of expertise, not surgery) is actually buying historical texts. Find a specialty used book store in your city and browse through their medical/scientific books. Even a standard (med school-level) text from 70 years ago is fascinating when understood in the context of what has come since. And the <100 year-old books are not expensive (<$100).

abebooks.com is full of cheap old used (and expensive old used) textbooks from many countries and areas of medicine.

When I am thinking about a disease that I encounter in my practice frequently (ex. Hodgkin disease), sometimes it's fun to dip into one of my old textbooks and read something like "Hodgkin's disease is a disease of the hematopoietic organs [...] It is invariably fatal. Whether it is neoplastic or inflammatory in nature remains a matter of dispute." (Boyd, 1947).

These old textbooks are very readable. That edition of Boyd's pathology belonged to my grandfather. Every single page of it is fascinating.

u/tyzon05 · 6 pointsr/eldertrees

I'm not a chemist; I'm currently studying ChemE at university. I'm also the "science mod" over on /r/trees, so I think I can help out a bit with this one.

The science behind cannabis and how it works is extremely interesting, but it won't help you with 99% of Biochemistry.

Everything we know about cannabis can be learned pretty quickly, provided you have the backgrounds in chemistry, biology, and preferably a bit of pharmacology.

What you can is do is study drugs and their functions as a whole to supplement and enhance your studies in biochemistry; I know that it's granted me a new appreciation for the human body and the processes that regulate it. These fields are vast and expanding at an astonishing rate.

The field of pharmacology is huge, but in a nutshell you can break it into pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. They focus on effects and the relations between dosage and response (dose response curves, etc.) as well as the mechanisms through which the drug is processed and how the drug passes through the body, respectively.

In short, pharmacokinetics studies what the body does to a drug, while pharmacodynamics studies what the drug does to your body.

As a Biochemistry major, these topics will likely be right up your alley. You'll still have to do the mundane, but perhaps some background along these lines will provide you with a new perspective on the processes you are studying in class.

If this sounds like your thing, I'd recommend the following text, provided you already have a good grip on molecular biology and a little electrochemistry: Molecular Neuropharmacology: A Foundation for Clinical Neuroscience

If you like this text or you just want something to supplement it, Caltech, easily one of the top research universities for this field, offers a course taught by Dr. Henry Lester via Coursera, here.

It's a highly informative course that pairs very well with the text I linked above. You'll touch on everything from drug addiction to recreational drugs to the different receptors and how they are activated.

It's not active right now and I'm not sure when the next session will be, but you can go onto Coursera and watch Professor Lester's lectures which are, by far, the most integral part of the course. I went through it last session (January - February) and I was very satisfied with both the material and the way it was presented.

Tl;dr: You can supplement your classroom material with all sorts of interesting studies related to drugs, but if you're not interested in the material you're studying in class at all, it may be time to rethink your field. You can't tie everything to drugs, but you can use the study of drugs to enhance your appreciation for the "macro" systems you're studying.

u/arbiter_of_tastes · 3 pointsr/datascience

Whoa, there. Healthcare data scientist here, mainly working in areas like clinical epidemiology and with a background in health services research and pharmacoepidemiology.

First, kudos for having questions and reaching out for help. This is my opinion, but health care is different from other sectors. The work you do has the potential to affect people in visceral, fundamentally life-changing ways...such as recommending a patient should or should not get treatment. Or a patient should or should not be placed on end-of-life-care...that a life-threatening complication is or is not related to a pharmaceutical on the market. Point just being - I think this sector carries responsibility that many other sectors don't.

Second, are you at a pharmaceutical/related organization? If so, there should be qualified biostatisticians/epidemiologists/psychometricians/health economist/something similar to sit down with you and help you figure you this out.

Third, you said you study 'data science and knowledge engineering', but I'm not sure what your curriculum consists of - do you study causal inference? If you don't, it's the most important topic you need to be familiar with (not competent, mind you). Here are several references that could get you familiar with identifying and dealing with bias and confounding, and designing experiments to assess causal relationships instead of just association. In healthcare you have to know when a question warrants a causal analysis vs a predictive or associative one. If a causal analysis is needed, an epidemiologist or biostatistician might likely do that work, but it certainly helps to know what a DAG is and how to read one.



Fourth, I'm hesitant to suggest anything about your dataset, because I still only have a rough idea of the details. Also, it sounds like you've got a psychometric dataset, and I've never studied psychometrics. I will say, though, that the question (hypothesis) being asked should really drive the analytic approach. Is the goal to look at a homogenous population and find that there's something about that causing them to require or be adherent to treatment? Do those results then need to get applied to a diverse, heterogenous population? That's a very high bar to achieve for experimental purposes. Is it enough to look at some data and say that certain characteristics are associated or predictive of certain outcomes? That's a much lower bar from an experimental standpoint and probably an analytic standpoint, too. If there is a selection bias, I think that's only relevant if there's a desire to extrapolate the study results to a different population. As you point out, if the desire is to generalize results to a larger population it's likely a significant problem that would require a intentional experimental design to address. If the company you're working with doesn't recognize this or can't have a qualified person explain why it's not a study design problem, you're working with bad people that likely don't know what they're doing. I've colloborated with several software/'health analytic' companies and startups that are like this, and it's why I'm dis-trustful of all health analytic software until proven.

Hope this helps!


u/tigecycline · 2 pointsr/medicalschool

This book is not too bad. Has a profile for each specialty, as well as specific advice. I picked up the old version cheap a while ago.

The AAMC Careers in Medicine page is actually pretty good too. You have to sign up and log in to see the material, but they go through lots of stats. A new version of Charting Outcomes from the Match will likely be published by the NRMP/AAMC this year or next, and will have valuable data regarding each specialty's competitiveness.

But as far as "playing the game" goes, it's a much simpler game than the med school admissions process was. You don't have to have extensive lists of extracurriculars, and a lot of it boils down to a few big things you need to do.

  • Do well on Step 1, obviously
  • Get lots of good grades in the clinical years
  • Get involved in research
  • Get good letters of rec, which usually results from doing well on rotations
  • Getting inducted into AOA can be very helpful

    Those are really the biggest things, and it applies to virtually every specialty. The more competitive a specialty is, the more you will need to excel in each of those areas.
u/Felisitea · 1 pointr/neuro

This is a great list so far, and I'd love to see it added to the sidebar.

I'd suggest adding "Neuroethics" by Martha J Farah under "Other". It gives an interesting perspective on the influence of neuroscience on law and society.


"The Human Brain in Photographs and Diagrams" is good for anyone interested in neuroanatomy. I've only used the 3rd edition- there is an updated edition, but I can't speak to how useful it is.


"Structure of the Human Brain" is a very comprehensive section-by-section atlas of the brain.


"Molecular Neuropharmacology" is a good advanced text for anyone interested in drug development.


I've mentioned these because they seem to fill gaps that are currently in the library. If anybody knows of better anatomical texts, though, I'd be interested to know about them!

u/cockfort · 3 pointsr/nursing

If you're looking for a good book, I recommend Marino's The ICU Book 4th Edition. It's geared towards medical students and residents, but I think it would be useful for anyone who is somewhat new to critical care. And the price seems high at first glance, but compared to other recently published texts containing the same info, it's pretty reasonable.

It reads quite smoothly and was published this past October. You certainly won't retain everything you read in the book, but from the start you'll recall where in the book you read something and can refer back.

Also, if you're looking for something cheaper that involves less reading. The Society of Critical Care Medicine offers a self-paced online introductory course called Resident ICU. It is a collection of lectures/ power points which discuss the fundamental principles of critical care. Again, it is designed for physicians/ new residents, but having a solid understanding of your patient's condition is important for critical care nurses and this will only help. Oh, and the course only costs $25.

I know more than just these two, but I can't think of anything else at the moment. Hope this helps!

u/GoljansUnderstudy · 5 pointsr/medicalschool

Fantastic score! As far as getting into an elite IM program, I would definitely start by identifying a mentor at your home IM program; they'll be better able to guide you. And with a 260 Step, I'm sure they'd be more than happy to help you achieve your career goals.

Also, be on the lookout for research projects that you can help out with, be it case reports or systemic reviews.

Otherwise, the usual advice applies: do well on your rotations, study hard for each shelf, and do well with CK.

Also, buy a copy of The Successful Match. It has useful advice for obtaining letters of rec, what to write in your personal statement, etc.


u/HeadRollsOff · 1 pointr/medicalschool

I love to type during lectures, rather than writing with a pen (so slow, and printing, pens and paper are expensive!), so either a tablet with an external keyboard, or a laptop would be important for me, at least. Maybe you find you remember lecture notes more easily if you write them on paper, and some people don't like studying from a computer screen. However, internet access is important anyway, so even if you just have a basic laptop at home it will come in very useful. I use a Lenovo G510, which I really like, but that's more expensive than you need to pay.

A smartphone is also very important for me (calendar, timetable, e-mail, reminders, drug databases, etc. always available). I use a Sony Xperia S (had it for nearly 3 years, no signs of dying yet!)

First Aid for the USMLE (when it comes to it)

These two might be more useful in clinical years, but these are essential for me:

  • Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Handbook-Clinical-Medicine-Medical-Handbooks/dp/0199232172)
  • A small notepad and pen that you can easily fit in your pocket (when something new / interesting comes up). I'm using a notebook by Rhodia, but it doesn't matter what brand, really


    You don't need to purchase a gym membership, but go for a damn jog!! I find it very easy to be completely sedentary around exams, and it's bad! Yeah. Jogging and regular bedtime (and waking up time) make me wayyy more productive. It makes it easier if you have a great breakfast in mind ;)

    You don't need to buy a phenomenal amount, you don't need to buy every book that's recommended or anything, but I think a laptop and a mid-range smartphone (or better) will allow you to study almost everything.
u/ar_604 · 1 pointr/medicine

There's a good book by Kenneth Rothman (one of the top epidemiologists in the world) that would be a good intro into study design and how to interpret findings. Epi folks often called it the 'Baby Rothman' because he's also written (arguably) the top text in epidemiology as well. The two books work well in tandem as well.

Edit: Just to add, the FDA and AHRQ put out pretty good guidance documents as well that explain the nuances of trials, observational research, etc. I actually used them a fair bit when I was studying for my comprehensive exams. If you're interested, I can fish out the links.

u/normonics · 2 pointsr/neuroscience

You are going to get a lot of recommendations for 'mainstream' neuroscience books, which is not a bad thing, but it might be useful/fun to get an alternative perspective as well. Something like The Embodied Mind by Francisco Varela, Evan Thompson, and Eleanor Rosch might be nice. Also a 'networks/graph theory' approach would be a great perspective to get. Networks of the Brain by Olaf Sporns is a great resource, and these approaches are on the upswing IMO.

u/P51Mike1980 · 2 pointsr/nursing

I have quite a few suggestions.

Specifically for nurses:

  1. Schaum's Outline of Emergency Nursing: 242 Review Questions - Not my favorite one, but it serves as an ok reference.

  2. Emergency Nursing Made Incredibly Easy - Love this one.

  3. Saunders Nursing Survival Guide: Critical Care & Emergency Nursing - I like this one because it touches ICU as well as ER nursing.

    The following books are more for med students and MD's but I believe as nurses we need to understand rationales behind what MD's do, so these are good references:

  4. Case Files Emergency Medicine - Goes over a number of cases involving common complaints seen in the ER, assessment findings, treatments, etc for those cases. By far my favorite book in my ER Library.

  5. Emergency Medicine Secrets - doesn't have case studies like the book above, but goes more in detail about common and uncommon complaints seen in the ER.

    Miscellaneous books:

  6. Rapid Interpretation of EKG's - as an ER nurse you'll need to constantly interpret the EKG of patients that are on the cardiac monitor to bring any changes to the attention of the MD. It really helps if you can identify those rhythms and this book is really easy to understand.

    Also consider subscribing to some journals. I'm subscribed to a few of them.

  7. The Journal of Emergency Nursing

  8. Nursing2016 Critical Care

  9. Nursing2016

    I'm an ER medicine nerd, so I love reading this stuff but by no means do you need to have all these books. I just enjoy learning as much as I can about EM.
u/ERNurse1980 · 7 pointsr/nursing

I have a few that I still use after two years in the Emergency Department:


  • Sheehy's Manual of Emergency Nursing Care This is by far the best resource I have.

  • Rapid Interpretation of EKGs You will be interpreting EKG's to notify emergency docs if there is a rhythm that they need to be made aware of ASAP (i.e., STEMI, new-onset a-fib with rapid ventricular response, torsades, v-fib, SVT, etc...)


  • Journal of Emergency Nursing - some of the articles are fluff (i.e., impact on nurses of something in an obscure Chinese hospital), but a lot of them are medical/clinical in nature and very interesting.


  • EMCrit - probably the best EM blog/podcast out there

  • Life In The Fast Lane if we are ranking, this is tied for the number one spot of best EM blogs/podcasts

  • The Skeptic's Guide to EM

  • NurseEM not updated very frequently

  • FOAMCast Free Open Access in Medicine - deals mostly with EM

  • R.E.B.E.L Cast

  • ER Cast

  • Emergency Medicine Cases


  • /r/emergencymedicine

  • /r/emcrit

  • /r/medicine

  • /r/neurology

  • /r/cardiology
u/stereoearkid · 1 pointr/askscience

"What are the parts of the brain and what do they do?" is a much better formed question, but now you're getting into unsolved questions and areas of active research. There are hundreds of "identifiable parts" of the brain, and short of writing an entire textbook, there's not much I can do to answer such a broad question!

My recommendation for you would be to keep reading wikipedia (maybe start here ) and if you run into any specific questions come back to reddit and ask them, or try to get your hands on a basic neuroscience text book (the Purves book is good).

I hope I don't sound too discouraging! If you have specific questions I'm happy to answer them and I'm sure other panelists are too, but for me personally, I don't want to spend more than an hour answering any single question, and as it stands, your question would take me hours to answer well.

u/sabersleeves · 2 pointsr/medicalschool

That's a good mneumonic but can trip you up if you totally blank out on one of the categories.

Symptom to Diagnosis is a good one to helps start off with.

and there's the Diagnosaurus on Google Play/iTunes and on accessmedicine but doesn't fully categorize the broad issue complaint into subcategories like VITAMIN C.

I've been always up to seeking a better book that actually has them organized in that mnemonic-like fashion. Anyone come across one to recommend?

u/tryx · 7 pointsr/neuro

If you want the standard sequence of Neuroscience textbooks, there is a rough ordering of 3 common books. Each are very comprehensive and more than you would likely be able to read cover to cover, but they get more sophisticated and comprehensive as you go. The last one specifically is essentially the bible of neuroscience and you will be hard pressed to find a more comprehensive coverage of any of the topics outside a specialised textbooks or research papers.

These books will cover the general overview of neuroanatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology but if you want to go further in depth, there are more advanced books for each of those and dozens of other subfields.

  1. Purves - Neuroscience
  2. Bear - Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain
  3. Kandel - Principles of Neural Science

    I would specifically recommend Nolte - The human brain: an introduction to its functional anatomy as an exceptional example of a specialised text. Unfortunately, I do not recall the neurpharmacology text that I used, but it was very good too. I shall look it up and get back to you! For a more general introduction to pharmacology, the standard text is Rand and Dale - Pharmacology.
u/Lazy-Evolution · 3 pointsr/neuro

I'm not sure about single-cell recordings but with EEG experiments (and most other electrophysiological measures i.e. EOG, EMG) the voltage (also known as electrical potential difference) recorded at a place on the scalp is measure of the potential for current to move from one place to another. So you need 2 electrodes to measure this: the one (or more) on the scalp, and the ground electrode which provides a common reference point for all the other electrodes.
As far as I recall the site for this can vary, I know the EEG system we use (Biosemi) has two electrodes that work as grounds that are placed on the scalp (they are slightly more complex than just ground electrodes though but don't ask me to explain how!).

In addition (and slightly confusingly) you have reference electrodes, which can be placed in a variety of places (earlobes, nose, mastoids, etc for EEG). The key property of a site for a reference electrode is that it must be unaffected by the source you are recording. It picks up all the internal and external noise and is then subtracted from the active electrodes to give a cleaner signal. Just like the normal electrodes the reference is measuring the potential difference between itself and the ground electrode.

Luck (2005) puts it like this: Signal = AG voltage - RG voltage

[A = Scalp electrode, R = Reference, & G = Ground electrode]

Hopefully that makes sense and feel free to correct me if I'm wrong!

Source: I'm Cognitive Neuroscience PhD student, & Luck (2005) explains this pretty well.

u/Rye22 · 5 pointsr/ems

Best book on the market in my opinion is Rapid Interpretation of EKGs. Its been in print for decades, and its definitely held up over time as the best EKG books out there. It covers everything you need to know to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of EKGs, and it does so in a way thats easy to understand.

The author is a convicted felon and child pornographer. But don't worry too much about that, its still a great book.

u/semiring · 3 pointsr/math

For the type of graph (network) theory that is currently hot in neuroscience contexts, [Newman's book](http://www.amazon.com/Networks-An-Introduction-Mark-Newman/dp/0199206651
) is a great compendium (quite readable, but fairly comprehensive).

For bedside reading about mammalian cortical networks in particular, Networks of the Brain and Discovering the Human Connectome, both by Olaf Sporns, are well worth a look.

From there... it's already becoming a pretty big literature. If you have some specific areas of interest, I can do my best to point you to resources. Take my suggestions with a grain of salt, though... I'm a pure mathematician who kinda got seduced into applied maths... which means I probably don't know as much about either discipline as I should.

u/roland00 · 5 pointsr/ADHD

Let me explain why I brought up dyslexia as a common comorbidity of having problems expressing yourself and adhd, but first lets talk about language. I will get back to dyslexia and ADHD. Do note while my post is long, I provide lots of links to pictures.

I am going to be using a lot of images from a biology textbook called Biological Psychology: An Introduction to Behavorial, Cognitive, and Clinical Neuroscience. Mostly from Chapter 19 which deals with language, while I am going to provide specific images you may find it useful to read the visual summary if you want more info.





Put simply to do language you are going to use multiple regions of the brain together as a circuit. See here


You are going to use areas in the back of the brain tied to vision, then you are going to pass that information to a multisensory processing area where your brain combines the senses and figures out what to do (aka you are forming the visual images in your mind before you think of the words that correspond to the visual images). You are then going to pass the information once again to a multisensory processing area but this area is more auditory based, followed by you passing the information to a specific area of the frontal lobe that is very close to the prefrontal areas which is tied to language, but also attention, sequencing of data, and response inhibition (stopping impulsivity) but also activation (aka release the brake and now go). This information is then passed to premotor and supplementary motor areas which is then passed to the motor areas. And during all these steps there are inbetween fine tunning by the subcortical brain areas such as the cerebellum and the basal ganglia.

Now I was trying to explain all of that without using medical terms but here is the names for those brain areas




And here is a diagram that compares speaking a heard word and speaking a word you read off a piece of paper. When you are composing inside of your head without mental feedback and you are imaging what you are going to say your thought process looks more like speaking a word you read off a piece of paper for you use more of the visual areas to visualize in your mind's eye what you are going to do and say.





Now we know things like head injuries and lesions to specific brain injuries to specific brain injuries can all disrupt speech but if the area is localized to specific regions you may only have some problems with certain aspects of language. When language problems are caused by some form of trauma we call this aphasia.




And people with different types of aphasia may have different problems. Like a person with expressive aphasia may know what they want to say and they can draw what they want to say but they can't find the words for it. While people with receptive aphasia have problems understanding language. Now receptive aphasia can be more than this where people accidentally skip words in their explanations that are crucial in the sentence, or they have anomia where they know what they want to say (the word is on the tip of their tongue) but they can't remember it, or they do an unintentional word subsitution subsituting another word with a similar sound or meaning, sometimes they mess up not the grammar of the sentence but the word tense, or use the wrong pronoun (like her vs she)

  • A subtype of this with additional issues with the left and right half of the back of the brain not talking as well as they should is Dysprosody sometimes called foreign accent syndrome for you do not talk with the local accent / family accent. People with dysprosody have problems with the timing of sounds and things like rhythm, cadence, pitch, and movement of words. They can't tell when you are inflecting or not. This is quite important for they do not get a lot of important information in communication such as emotional tone and inflection which can rapidly changing the meaning of something. Most humans are annoyed by synthetic computer speak for it just sounds wrong, now imagine if everyone spoke like that and you were not familiar with what most of us would consider normal speaking.



    Now all of these issues I described were studied in people with head injuries. That said we see much the same pattern of behavior with many different types of disorders, one of which is autism, but another of which and is completely separate is dyslexia.

    Now with dyslexia many brain regions are implicated and some of them are the same areas I have shown above

    http://7e.biopsychology.com/vs19.html (go to slide 6)

    In many forms of dyslexia you are not using the back of the brain areas tied with the early visual information which is passed to the angular gyrus which is passed to the wernicke area. See picture


    And you are trying to compensate for all of this information with actually using more of the frontal lobe to compensate for these areas. Well the frontal lobe is not designed to do such a thing its arrangement and types of nerve cells are different.



    Now its not just that picture I showed you, its also some of the subcortical areas such as these areas I am about to post here


    Involving the thalamus and an area known as the pulvinar, as well as certain areas of the brainstem, and certain areas of the cerebellum mainly vermis 6 and vermis 7 (often labeled VI and VII)


    These parts of the cerebellum are used for multiple functions but they are often called the occular motor areas of the cerebellum. They are also involved with the control of attention and shifting smoothing from one object to another for one of the purposes of the cerebellum is to "fill in the blanks" between gaps. Imagine you were watch a film but instead of watching a video you were seeing slide by slide, well the cerebellum along with the thalamus and brain stem regions are used in the predicition of what is going to happen next and smooth movements of the eyes, while other areas in the frontal lobe are more involved with figuring out these things are important so why don't we set this as the new priority of what to look at and the rest of the brain figures out how best to move there.




    Now if you have not probably figured out there is a connection to all of these brain regions with ADHD. Some ADHD people have these issues, but if you have these issues you are also more likely to have ADHD.

    If you look at the previous chapter 18 of Biological Psychology you will see this picture on slide 6


    There are two attention networks here. The top attention network is known as the frontal parietal control network where it controls and and it also modulates the dorsal attention/perception network. While a second bottom network in orange involves the frontal lobe and connects to areas shared both with the temporal lobe and the parietal lobe where they meet and the surrounding areas, this bottom attention network is more with detecting new things and novel things, while the top network keeps you on track and looks for the goals held within working memory to solve the problems.

    If you have not noticed the same areas of the brain that make it hard to express onceself with language, are also the same areas that are common in dyslexia, and are the intersection of two of key networks tied with attention (now there are more than those two networks I just showed you with ADHD but now you understand why there is a connection.)

    (Now most of pictures I linked to came from Biological Psychology by Breedlove and Watson, this is an introductory college text meant for undergraduate use. It will not go into all the stuff involving the brain with attention and such, other books made by the same publishing company (Sinaeur) but done by other authors are better if you are mainly wanting to talk about attention instead of language such as

    Sensation and Perception

    Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases

    Dale Purves Neuroscience 5th Edition

    And Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience
u/ghaleys_comet · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

If you want to spend some money, https://www.amazon.com/Neuroscience-Fifth-Dale-Purves/dp/0878936955/ref=mt_hardcover?_encoding=UTF8&me= is a perfect resource. This was our textbook for neurobio in college and I still find myself referencing it. It's possible you could find the PDF somewhere online, I haven't looked. If you have a little background in cell bio, this would be a great place to start learning.

Beyond that, I agree with the suggestions of /u/Hypercuboid and /u/Noobsessed.

If you are getting information off of forums (about pathways, interactions, etc.), make sure you do your own research, ask for or check sources, and try to understand the mechanisms. Wikipedia rabbit holes can sometimes help with this in the beginning, and can provide you with reliable sources/resources to follow up on. Keep in mind that the answers are almost always not as simple as people portray them. Many MOAs are not fully understood, especially with nootropics. That's why some refer to these substances as RCs and us as guinea pigs; because, in large part, that is true.

u/MedicUp · 2 pointsr/ems

I think Learn Rhythm adult is a good way to get started, but certainly pick up an introduction to EKG type book. People love Dale Dubin's EKG book (albeit he has a pretty sketchy background...) so you'll find a lot of people referring it.

If I recall though the Learn: Rhythm Adult course only covers 3-lead EKGs, and for a tech position you do want to learn a bit about 12 leads. The Physio Control 12 Lead made Easy program was fairly decent if I remember correctly.

u/maccabird · 3 pointsr/UBreddit

Neurobiology with Dr. Xu-Friedman was probably my favorite class, and he is probably my favorite professor. It can be a challenging class, but it's worth it if you enjoy neuroscience.

When I took it, we used Purves - Neuroscience 5th Edition .

The book is definitely needed, as it really helps to reinforce what they lecture on. If you're looking to get ahead before the semester begins, I think he follows the first few chapters tightly. If I recall correctly, he starts with some basic neuroanatomy, and then jumps into electrophysiology (similar to what you did in Bio 213 physiology lab, except in more detail) and receptor kinetics.

If Dr. Medler is also teaching it, she can be somewhat abrasive and difficult, but you can still do well if you go to lecture and pay attention.

u/zphbtn · 3 pointsr/neuro
  • Purves text isn't that easy but a great and thorough introduction.
  • Gazzaniga's text is fantastic but less on the biology side of things.
  • Others have mentioned Kandel's text but I don't think that's a good first text for anyone wanting to "dip their toes" in.
  • Someone else also mentioned the Bear text, which is very good.

    Those are really all you'll need; from there you will find things on your own or from professors.
u/GetsEclectic · 1 pointr/Nootropics

No formal education but I have some friends in the field and I've been studying some of their textbooks and talking to them about it a lot lately. Molecular Neuropharmacology is a great book, not an easy read, but full of information. NMDA antagonists like magnesium are also supposed to help prevent neurotoxicity from Ca influx, many people take them for tolerance prevention:



u/bradleyvoytek · 6 pointsr/neuro

I cannot more strongly recommend Steven W. Smith's The Scientist and Engineer's Guide to Digital Signal Processing.

Every chapter is freely available as a PDF on the website.

Everyone who is interested in EEG/ECoG/LFP/single-unit research should absolutely read this book.

Steve Luck's Introduction to the Event Related Potential Technique is great, and will really help you to set up a top-quality ERP lab, but the DSP book really teaches you what happens to the signals you're recording.

If you want to get deeper into the underlying physiology of EEG, I'd recommend Electric Fields of the Brain by Nunez & Srinivasan.

You'd also be happy reading Buzsaki's Rhythms of the Brain.

u/InfinitePS · 5 pointsr/Nootropics

"Neurology" is a medical discipline, i.e. a department you would find in a hospital, so that would not be appropriate for your case. "Neuroscience", on the other hand, is the name of the scientific study, which is what you should look into, but overall that is too broad of a field.

For what you're trying to learn, I'd just start directly diving into neuropharmacology. Any good resource should give you enough of an overview before things get more complicated; perhaps having a review of high school science might be good, but not necessary.

Here's a recommendation for a good reference textbook: https://www.amazon.com/Molecular-Neuropharmacology-Foundation-Clinical-Neuroscience/dp/0071481273

u/railroadshorty · 1 pointr/AskDocs

>The vast majority of a CCT’s training is on lead II, so that’s where I focused.


So you are trained to interpret a single lead - ie a rhythm strip - so presumably you can spot elementary rhythm abnormalities and suggest to a nurse when they should maybe call a doctor? Good for you!

None of that qualifies you to opine on the OP's 12 lead ECG and it certainly doesn't qualify you to espouse entirely unfounded opinions on potassium homeostasis. If you think it does, then you do undoubtedly need more training, because - as the saying goes - a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

BTW the link was for your benefit, not mine. But the book below has served generations of medical students and would be a good intro to the 12-lead ECG for you.

Best wishes.


u/bookrecthrowaway · 1 pointr/medicalschool

Marino’s ICU Book is great. The latest edition from Amazon comes with an Inkling copy which is convenient on the go. The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics and Critical Care are both good quick references, though they have less explanation than Marino’s.

For Anesthesia, Miller’s Anesthesia is the standard Harrison’s-style specialty text. At the medical student level a lot of places recommend “Baby Miller” aka Basics of Anesthesia. I personally preferred Morgan & Mikhail’s Clinical Anesthesiology, but both are good introductory texts. FWIW, my school had both available online so it was easy to pick and choose.

u/tavoundji · 3 pointsr/publichealth

Both posts above are great advice. You have a short amount of time to accomplish as much as possible, and practical experience is invaluable if you want to be competitive in the job market. I'm in a 2-year MPH program (in Epi), and finished all the required coursework in a year and a half taking 5 classes. The workload hasn't been too bad, and having a part-time job on the side shouldn't be too much of a problem (except maybe around midterms/finals, obviously).

A friend of mine who was already in the MPH program recommended reading this book before I started, and it helped get comfortable with Epi, so I didn't feel like I was plunged into a whole new world when classes began: http://www.amazon.com/Epidemiology-Introduction-Kenneth-J-Rothman/dp/0199754551/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

u/rohrspatz · 1 pointr/medicalschool

I have this book. Definitely recommend. It doesn't get all the way down to the detailed physiology, but it does address basic pathophys in a way that should help you identify what you know or don't know.

If you really want to get into nitty gritty details, I'd recommend one of ~the~ physiology texts, like Boron & Boulpaep or something, but not for reading straight through. Just as a reference to look up that stuff you realized you didn't know.

u/KrazyBropofol · 9 pointsr/nursing

The ICU Book by Paul Marino is also a great resource. I’ve learned a lot and it’s made me question a lot of practices at my facility.

The previously mentioned icufaqs.org is definitely a good place to start and is free.

u/catlaw · 3 pointsr/tipofmytongue

Yeah, this definitely sounds influenced by Malcolm Gladwell's work, from Atul Gawande in The Checklist Manifesto:

> He examines checklists in aviation, construction, and investing, but focuses on medicine, where checklists mandating simple measures like hand washing have dramatically reduced hospital-caused infections and other complications.

From Malcolm Gladwell's Blink:

> A cardiologist named Lee Goldman developed a decision tree that, using only four factors, evaluates the likelihood of heart attacks better than trained cardiologists in the Cook County Hospital emergency room in Chicago

u/WhipplesTriad · 9 pointsr/medicalschool

Felson’s principles of roentgenology is a great book to get comfortable at reading CXR and chest imaging.


I use RIP ATMLL (are there many lung lesions)

RIP for quality of the image (rotation, inspiration, penetration)

ATMLL for search pattern (abdomen, thoracic cage, mediastinum, individual lung fields, both lung fields together).

  • Rising PGY-2
u/barunrm · 3 pointsr/ems

Rapid interpretation of EKG's by Dr. Dale Dubin is excellent. Easy read and a great quick reference. Essentially a dummie's guide to EKG. I took a semester long class in EKG in college and am going through it again in paramedic school. This book is what made it click for me.


u/threetogetready · 71 pointsr/medicalschool
  1. wake up, dress up, show up -- be on time

  2. always know what time to show up and where to be etc.

  3. be nice and don't be a burden

  4. being dumb and nice is better than being smart and annoying; being dumb and annoying is the worst

  5. feign interest in every speciality and don't bash the specialties to their faces -- the answer to "do you have an interest in X?" is always "I've always found X interesting and am looking forward to learning more about it..." if you don't have an interest in it or something along those lines. Or maybe you're lucky and actually have a genuine interest in it.. then let them know.

  6. surgery sucks and it will always suck

  7. have things not rotation/medicine related to talk about that is fun for the team -- it doesn't always have to be about medicine

  8. eat whenever you can

  9. study whenever you can

  10. leave whenever you can


    Don't know what to study for each rotation? Look at the wiki

    In regards to how to study: OnlineMedED is now your Pathoma. UWorld is still UWorld. There is no First Aid for Step 1 for Step 2 so it is made up of a couple of books for each rotation you used / general review books (Step UP, First Aid, master the boards etc.)

    The Match is really scary? Buy The Successful Match for a decent run down of the entire process etc. and tips of how to build an application

    ERAS is still really scary? Check out these example applications.. start at like pg 29 unless a Pritzker student then ^read ^^it ^^^all ^^^^?

    Worried about H+Ps? Get the Perfect H+P book(or download and print a bunch of decent looking templates)

    Need more templates etc?? Check out Medfools! for more!!
u/wtwildthingsare · 3 pointsr/medicalschool

The Successful Match has some good stuff. Maybe see if you can borrow one from a friend or Amazon prime that shiz.

u/VorpalSponge · 1 pointr/askscience

I agree completely, Kandel's book is definitely my favorite neuroscience text. For a more undergraduate level introduction Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain by Mark Bear et al. and Neuroscience by Dale Purves et al. are good starting places.

u/sebila · 6 pointsr/Cardiology

the resource i always give my students (seems to be well received) is a facebook page called "12 lead ECG i've got the rhythm" run by ambulance personnel in england. 43 thousand people follow the page, all involved in medicine in some way. from interventional cardiologists, ER techs, electrophysiologists, paramedics/EMT's, ER consultants.. etc. people send anonymised ECG's from their patients and everyone gives their interpretation and reasoning. you can read and learn about different methods of interpretation and learn the lingo at the same time. it's essentially a massive catalogue of case studies that evolves every single day. if you do a couple of case studies a day, within a year or two your skills will have advanced considerably.


this book is also quite good.. it's what I used when i was in university: https://www.amazon.co.uk/ECG-Interpretation-Made-Incredibly-Easy/dp/1608312895


this website is also useful: https://litfl.com/ecg-library/


all the best mate

u/putarushondabus · 2 pointsr/ems

I've got two sites...

The best site to tell you what criteria you need for each rhythm is probably ECGpedia.

The next site I would recommend is really just a compilation of all the best ECG websites on the internet...Life in the Fast Lane ECG references

Also, some may disagree, but I think Rapid Interpretation of ECGs by Dale Dubin is the perfect book to start with.

u/TheAnswerIsCytokines · 38 pointsr/medicalschool

I recommend compiling a document with all interesting patient encounters, presentations you did on the rotation, notable things you accomplished on the rotation. Then when it comes time for your Letter writer to compose your LOR send them that information. Then they can have anecdotes to go off and write in your letter, this will be much more powerful than a generic LOR. This book goes into much more detail about this and I recommend reading the chapter on LORs https://www.amazon.com/Successful-Match-2017-Success-Residency/dp/1937978079/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1522800836&sr=8-1&keywords=residency+match

u/glokollur · 1 pointr/medicalschool

Know you asked for links but this book
http://www.amazon.com/Only-Book-Youll-Ever-Need/dp/1451119054 is amazing. I learned all my foundation of ecg with this one. Highly recommend it

u/MinoritySuspect · 3 pointsr/neuroscience

Kandel is a very comprehensive neuroscience textbook with a lot of good figures as well as descriptions of experimental evidence. The most recent version came out just last year, so it is very current.

Purves also contains excellent figures but concepts are delivered on a more basic level, probably better suited for undergraduate/non-research perspective.

u/SkinnyCatfish · 2 pointsr/medicalschool

I used Doctors In Training videos! I put myself on a schedule using Cram Fighter . Then I would read that section in Step Up To Medicine. Lastly everyday I would do a random set of UWORLD questions. The actual test will be random so make sure to practice this way. During the last 4 weeks of studying (I studied for 7), I did an NBME or a UWSA. These are good to show you how the questions will be asked and what topics are important. DO NOT take your score to heart, I never scored above a 230 and I got a 262. Most important thing is keep learning from your mistakes and moving forward!

u/lexoram · 2 pointsr/medicalschool

Oxford handbook of clinical specialities

And the Oxford handbook of Clinical medicine are great quick reference guides.

However the best advice given to me was know you're anatomy, and its helped so far!

u/fiznat · 5 pointsr/medicalschool

Marino's ICU Book. It was recommended to me for an ICU rotation I'm doing soon (I'm interested in the field). It's really an excellent book, does a great job explaining concepts that I always had trouble with (like shunt vs. dead space, a-A gradient, etc), and they added little snippets like this to keep things interesting.

u/_tinydoctor_ · 3 pointsr/premed

✨INTJ ✨interested in Cardiology or Palliative Care

I knew this sounded familiar. I came across The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Medical Specialty by Brian Freeman, MD a couple of years ago and found this chart relating personality types and specialties: 1 and 2. Just something fun to look through!

u/Hombre_de_Vitruvio · 7 pointsr/medicalschool

Step-up to Medicine, it's a review book on Internal Medicine (Amazon). It's one book in the "Step-up series", but its the most well-known and respected.


I personally did not use the Step-up books because I felt Q-banks were a better use of time. Up to you though...

u/singlelite78 · 1 pointr/nursing

I really liked this book. I found the reading to be much more easier and enjoyable than a textbook...

Also I'll give a second vote to the Skillstat website posted by /u/JemLover

u/cyangecko · 6 pointsr/StudentNurse

ECGs Made incredibly easy

Personally, I thought most of the books in this series were helpful. Good luck!

u/moonrainbow · 2 pointsr/Neuropsychology

Methodology-wise, Steve Luck has a really nice, clear introductory text to ERP techniques.

u/Nfgzebrahed · 7 pointsr/nursing

Rapid Interpretation of EKG's, Sixth Edition https://www.amazon.com/dp/0912912065/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_ED5MAbCN0H9CD

Recommended to me by an amazing seasoned ER nurse. Very easy to follow.

u/coffeewhore17 · 1 pointr/ems

This book is pretty helpful, and I like it in particular because it basically does a "physiology pertaining to EKG's for dummies".

And yes, I know that Dubin turned out to be a sex offender and a creep, but the book is still good.

u/summerbailey · 3 pointsr/medicalschool

The Dubin book is the best! My copy is orange and it'll tell you everything you need to know about EKGs for tests :)


u/shatana · 6 pointsr/nursing

I'm not all the way through it but Rapid Interpretation of EKGs is AMAZING

u/NeuroMedSkeptic · 3 pointsr/medicalschool

Edit: hopefully I can answer some very basically:
Overall, remember you aren't measuring the conducting fibers with EKG, you are measuring the electrical activity of the myocytes. I think this may be a major sticking point for you - causing some confusion.

  1. IV septum is depolarized from Left to Right as the RBB does not have terminal fibers (in the septum) - this leads to a sometimes present Q wave. You can't look at it as thinking of direction of conducting fibers, you have to think of how the muscle conductance changes. Assume the outer ventricle is a single muscle mass and depolarizes simultaneously. This will cause a concentric depol/repol not so much frontal.

  2. not so sure about the why of opposite depol/repol something to do with the electrolyte balance and channels...

    There is good discussion (I had a lot of same issues you are having), but as an aside I REALLY recommend you take a look Dubin's Rapid Interpretation (I may have a pdf if you don't have access). My EKG lectures made no sense but I read through the relevant chapter there and felt like I everything made so much more intuitive sense.

u/DRodders · 1 pointr/medicalschool

A book called ECG's made easy is a great resource. Takes you through every step, then shows you examples of all you need to know. http://www.amazon.com/The-ECG-Made-Easy-8e/dp/0702046418/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1396159650&sr=8-5&keywords=ECG+made+easy

u/soggypancake672 · 1 pointr/paramedicstudents

I used Thomas Garcia's 12-Lead ECG: The Art of Interpretation. It goes above and beyond what you are required to know into stuff that is useful to know. It also breaks it down and gives tons of real world examples. This is how I learned EKGs. It might be better to start with something simpler, like Dale Dubin's Rapid Interpretation of EKG's, but I would make sure you know more than the simplistic version presented there.

u/shanedoth · 6 pointsr/AskReddit

Nonfiction - Atul Gawande's The Checklist Manifesto. It's awesome if you're at all interested in process and how complex things get done.

u/higherthinker · 19 pointsr/ems

Rapid Interpretation of EKG's

This is what we use in medical school and it is a great, simple resource. Wish I had used it back in my EMT days.

u/the_mind_is_a_sponge · 1 pointr/Psychonaut

Oh looks like you may be interested in studying complex systems. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complex_system

Here's some stuff on using complex systems analysis to look at the brain: http://vimeo.com/13953303

>I mean the concept that Life is a force of the Universe present since its absolute beginning with a function of building toward higher complexity as an opposing force to Entropy, which builds toward nothingness. That the experience of consciousness as we know it is the result of organic matter reaching a critical threshold of complex structure in our brains.

Some people have been working on quantifying consciousness, and they're doing it by measuring reduction in entropy! Maybe you'd be interested in that? Check out Integrated Information Theory. It kinda requires some understanding of Shannon information theory http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_Information_Theory

u/upaboveit · 3 pointsr/ems


12 years after academy and I still read mine from time to time.

Also, have confidence. =)

u/snissn · 1 pointr/tifu

book recommendation for ya https://www.amazon.com/Checklist-Manifesto-How-Things-Right/dp/0805091742 - it definitely has a bunch of military references too. checklists are amazing

u/Cumberlandjed · 9 pointsr/emergencymedicine

Dale Dubin wrote the definitive EKG book before going to prison for child pornography and cocaine possession. It's a REALLY good book, but feel free to buy it used!

Rapid Interpretation of EKG's, Sixth Edition https://www.amazon.com/dp/0912912065/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_JbnFxbTFMMBZJ

u/fuegopantalones · 2 pointsr/theknick

For medical history, the Morbid Anatomy Anthology has several books that helped fill the void The Knick left. They have Kindle editions but they're useless because they scanned the pages of the hardcover books so the text is tiny and unreadable. Worth getting the hardcovers; the illustrations are gorgeous. I really liked:

Crucial Interventions
The Anatomical Venus: Wax, God, Death & the Ecstatic

u/Medicine4u · 3 pointsr/medicalschool

Maybe something like Symptoms to Diagnosis. It will help you build a differential based off the most common symptoms and diseases. I don't think it's meant to be used at all for Shelfs or general IM knowledge, just learning how to build a solid differential at the M3 level. Check to see if your library has online access through AccessMedicine.

u/Andy5416 · 2 pointsr/ems

Rapid EKG Interpretation. Easy read and it will help you so much. It's got pictures in every page so it's perfect for us slow people.
Rapid Interpretation of EKG's, Sixth Edition https://www.amazon.com/dp/0912912065/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_IO7LwbFARMW0Z

u/WC_Dirk_Gently · 1 pointr/ems

Nancy Caroline's Emergency Care in the Streets is the "national registry" text book. And it's fairly decent. If you read it cover to cover and have half a brain you should pass national registry no problem.

Study whatever your state has published for drug protocols and treatment guidelines.

While I'm sure you saw a lot of EKG's at the hospital you worked at you still need to read Dubin's Rapid Interpretation and should probably get a practice book like Jane Huff's ECG Workout If you actually faithfully do Jane Huffs book cover to cover there is virtually no way you will fail statics or dynamics. And if you faithfully read Dubin's, including all the silly things he makes you do, you'll come out having a good knowledge of EKGs.

u/Jimboats · 4 pointsr/neuro

EEG analysis is a bit of an art form and mastering it just comes with experience, trial and error, and really knowing your particular dataset and aims. I use Matlab with the EEGLAB toolbox for ERPs and FieldTrip for time frequency analysis.

There are so many different steps, it's definitely not just a matter of pushing a button and getting a nice p-value out at the other side. I'd recommend getting your hands on this book in the first instance.

u/justsomeguy75 · 15 pointsr/ems

Rapid Interpretation of EKG's by Dr. Dale Dubin. The classic, definitive textbook for understanding EKG's. It's amazingly simple, with loads of pictures and easy to understand explanations regarding cardiac issues. It is not the most detailed text around, but it is something that you could read in a weekend and walk away knowing much more than you did previously. Highly recommended to EMT's who want some sort of understanding of how to interpret 12 leads.

u/csiq · 1 pointr/medicine

I have not read it but a lot of cardios recommended this when I was on rotation. So maybe it's worth checking out.


u/Mcflursters · 2 pointsr/medicalschool

The best option is this book(i read it on an ipad, does that count?)

the only ekg book you'll ever need

I know youre not after a book, but this is written in a fun way, i accidentally read the whole thing..

u/shponglenectar · 2 pointsr/medicalschool

"The Successful Match" goes through all of this by specialty plus just general app info.


u/ktm516 · 0 pointsr/ems

My only advice would be to work the road as a basic to see what it's like. I worked the road for a little while (wish I woulda waited longer) but when you start learning everything in medic school everything seems to come together from what you saw on the read and what you read in class. But definitely


Not sure how to link it differently on mobile but this is a great book. You spend a lot of time on cardiology.

u/cpcwrites · 1 pointr/steampunk

The diagrams alone were enough to make me wince! I recently ordered Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles & Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery and am very much looking forward to reading all about how horrific medical procedures were through the 1800s.

Thanks for sharing another great article.

u/bceagle411 · 1 pointr/neuroscience

also http://www.amazon.com/Neuroscience-Fourth-Edition-Dale-Purves/dp/0878936971 is a link to the textbook used. I will not post a link to a pdf of that version (which i cannot actually find) but there is a third edition pdf readily accessible that looks like a different chapter order.

u/punninglinguist · 6 pointsr/Neuropsychology

I think the modern classic on ERPs is considered to be Steve Luck's book. I can vouch that it's an excellent book.

I can't help you with non-event-related EEG, though.

u/itISiBOWMAN · 1 pointr/neuro

+1 on the Purves text. I find it pretty accessible even though my background is not neuroscience (or any other type of biological science). Also, you can pick up a used copy of an older edition for less than $20

u/YodaGreen · 1 pointr/nursing

This is actually a pretty good question because it brings attention to the fact that docs need to provide this information vs nursing judgement. Which obviously needs to be the docs providing the info because they are the ones with the liability insurance and we are not.

You want better nursing judgement? It doesn't get any better than understanding this book: http://www.amazon.com/Marinos-The-ICU-Book-Updates/dp/1451121180

u/gasolinerainbow · 2 pointsr/brisbane

The new Stephen King book, a book full of antique surgical illustations, a book about creepy asylum treatments back in the early 20th century, and some money toward a new laptop. :)

u/thisbenguy · 1 pointr/ems

18 months ago I completed a B to P class through Good Fellowship in West Chester. Between class and clinicals it required most of your time, but worth it in the end. PM me if you want to know more. Read through Dubin's Rapid Interpretation Book it helped immensely.

u/ayyyyyyyyyyy2yyylmao · 3 pointsr/medicalschool

Felson's Principles of Chest Roentgenology

Simple, clear, concise. Will teach you to understand how pathology presents on x-rays.

u/davedavedavedavedave · 2 pointsr/nursing

Get yourself this book, too. It's helped me a great deal but I still get MDs to interpret EKGs for me.

u/sevenbeef · 2 pointsr/medicalschool

I like these programmed texts too and know of two:

Sidman's Neuroanatomy: A Programmed Learning Tool

Felson's Principles of Chest Roentgenology, A Programmed Text, 4e

u/asiik · 2 pointsr/biology

we use this book in my neurobiology class and i like it.. covers a lot on how neurons do their thing

u/TxMedic436 · 3 pointsr/ems

I recommend Rapid Interpretation of EKG's 6th Edition by Dale Dublin, MD. I bought in when I was in paramedic school and still use it today.

u/audiorek · 2 pointsr/neuro

My school typically recommends Bear's textbook for systems-level information and Purves' Neuroscience for cellular stuff. I prefer Purves because it actually covers both subjects and it goes more in-depth on the molecular topics!

u/Drillbit · 13 pointsr/BeAmazed

Do you guys see that small second book from the top? The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine is probably the only book any medical student will open a thousand time before graduating.

Ain't no one going to open Kumar&Clark or Davidson more than a few time a year

u/[deleted] · 4 pointsr/medicine

/u/BedsideRounds, I was just going to suggest the same thing, as I have the book and enjoy thumbing through it. I also have Crucial Interventions, which is along the same style.

Which podcast do you host? If you are uncomfortable telling us in public, can you PM me? Never mind I just read it in your starter comment.

u/humanistasecular · 3 pointsr/MedSpouse

The first holiday my wife was in school, I got her this book on choosing a medical specialty. The year she graduated, I got her a collection of papers that were specific to the specialty she matched into (her idea, not mine haha). When she started rotations, I got her an iPad--they weren't necessary for her rotations, but she got a lot out of it.

u/nkdeck07 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Read The Checklist Manifesto. It talks about the ways that people forget the every day things they are doing and there was actually a specific section related to chefs, it's a quick and interesting read.

u/PolishMedic · 2 pointsr/NewToEMS

A "BART" (Basic Arrhythmia Recognition Training) course is not common in EMS fields(at least in my area). I've seen a couple in-hospital so "transfer staff" can move patients between floors without escorts.

In EMS its kinda 'black and white' either you 'need to know' or 'don't need to know' ECG rhythms.

As for the class, it's an entry level class so they shouldn't require any prep but check out "life in the fast lane" link below if you want to explore more.


If you wanna go real deep, check out the Dale Dubin book.


If I may ask, whats your reason for taking this class?

u/hans_super_hans · 3 pointsr/StudentNurse

This book is the gold standard : Rapid Interpretation of EKG's, Sixth Edition https://www.amazon.com/dp/0912912065/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_TMO6xbXE9W8MB

For simple rhythms just search YouTube. There are a lot of videos that go through the basics.

u/carboxyl · 6 pointsr/neuro


Each of these books is aimed at a different audience, but this should get you started.

u/RNthrowaway12345 · 2 pointsr/nursing

Rapid Interpretation of EKG's: Dr. Dubin's Classic, Simplified Methodology for Understanding EKG's https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0912912065/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ncd6Cb75KA2DE

u/drtimmerman5539 · 21 pointsr/anesthesiology

Marino’s ICU Book - get the real deal and don’t buy pocket reference books.

Marino's The ICU Book: Print + Ebook with Updates (ICU Book (Marino)) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1451121180/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_bWs0DbQ90QXY6

u/brrip · 1 pointr/AskReddit

For medicine, I'd vote for the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, or Kumar and Clarke - depending on what you're trying to achieve by getting this information

u/singlemaltwhisky · 1 pointr/houston

3 lead or 12 lead?

If only 3 lead buy Rapid Interpretation of EKG's.

You be able to read a 3 lead within a day.

u/charlesca · 1 pointr/Cardiology

Read this before/during shadowing (you can find a PDF if you look hard enough). http://www.amazon.com/Rapid-Interpretation-EKGs-Sixth-Edition/dp/0912912065. None of it may make any sense but at least you may get some sort of idea of what is going on while shadowing a doc.

Go hang out in /r/premed. Avoid SDN forums.

High school grades/scores do not matter for medical school. Shadowing/volunteer work in high school does not count for medical school applications. Major in something you enjoy in college. Don't be a typical pre-med bio major. Be open minded and don't set your heart on cardiology (hah) as it will likely change when you do 3rd and 4th year medical school rotations.

u/phvakil · 6 pointsr/Cardiology

I’m not sure if you’ve come across this text yet but Rapid Review of EKGs was crucial when I was a medical student. You can read it in one sitting and feel so comfortable reading EKGs.

u/10GuyIsDrunk · 18 pointsr/videos

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