Things to buy for Finals
There are certain things that everybody ends up
finals. We should point out that this website is not affiliated with
any of these products.
The level of knowledge required is less than you think. Big Kumar and
what is required: the level of detail
in this book is far too high. High quality concise texts that contain
the right level of detail include:
Saunders' Pocket Essentials of Clinical Medicine.
This is an excellent book which is very widely used. Essentially a
summary of big Kumar and Clark, it has clear explanations
and the right level of detail for finals. A new edition was released in
2007 and so for the 07/08 finals it will be one of the most up-to-date
textbooks on the market. Students have found that this book covers abut
75-80% of their curriculum. It could only be improved by including
chapters on surgery or the specialities (see below): the day this
happens all other medical books for students will be rendered obsolete
and so the authors regularly receive death threats from fearful medical
Medicine at a glance.
A similar book with
more emphasis on pictures. Also very good.
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine.
be used as a core textbook, but be selective what you learn. It is
however essential to buy but more as a reference text.
Other useful textbooks include:
comprehensive american book in a question and answer format that might
suit your revision style. Its very good for dipping and out of. This
book is part of a series - the original being Surgical Recall.
Essential MCQs for Medical Finals
EMQs for Medical Students
the fact that it is not necessary to practice too many of these
questions as the same subjects may well not come up in your exam.
Medicine, passing the clinical
book takes common long and short cases and goes through the clinical
features, as well as some common investigations. Although all of this
information is in regular textbooks it is presented in a format that is
easy to learn.
Medical Short Cases for Medical Students
A similar format of book that goes in to more detail, as it was
originally an MRCP revision book. Invaluable if you have many short
cases in your finals. It is a bit overwhelming for the medical student
and it contains more knowledge than you probably need to know.A useful
feature is the introductory paragraph which tells you the words to use
to present each case - examiners will love you for this.
Much less surgery is now required than was previously. It is important
to talk to people from previous years to establish what is required of
An excellent book and a
joy to read. A good strategy would be to learn the essentials from this
and if you think more is needed
this with another textbook. It is likely this is all the detail you
will need. This book also contains touches of finals philosophy, giving
information on how to approach answering questions and learning
Lecture Notes in General Surgery.
book is very comprehensive and often
recommended to students. However surgery in most curricula has
decreased a lot and so the surgeons recommending it to you had to know
much more than you do, hence this books probably contains much too
The ECG Made Easy.
It really does make
it easy. Many doctors have grown up on this book.
Chest XR Made Easy.
Similar layout as
ECG book and also very readable.
Lecture Notes in Radiology.
relevant pictures and explanations.
at a Glance
is a concise, readable book and the right
level for finals.
Obstetrics and Gynaecology:
Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Impey)
is a joy to read but too mich information for finals. Unless you know
your medical school has lots of Obs and Gyn then it is something to
at a Glance
is my recommended text.
Illustrated Text (Gawkroger)
has plenty of
pictures and the right level of knowledge.
A tendon hammer. Buy 2 because you will lose one of them.
A pen torch
Orange stick. This mysterious piece of equipment is
essentially a lollipop stick used for eliciting the plantar reflex. It
actually works well, and is less disgusting than your finger.
to keep books on.
Clipboard: useful, though you might feel like a geek.
Ophthalmoscope/otoscope. Expensive, may be useful. Might be
to make friends with somebody who owns one or go to a few clinics.
There are many places to buy this equipment. In the highstreet your
best bet is a medical bookshop. On the internet we have bought from
without any problems in
the past (we have no affiliation with them).