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1. First Aid for the USMLE Step 1,
2. First Aid for the USMLE Step 2
3. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
4. Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working
5. First Aid for the USMLE Step 2
6. First Aid for the USMLE Step 1
7. First Aid for the Psychiatry Clerkship,
8. First Aid for the USMLE Step 3,
9. First Aid for the Pediatrics Clerkship,
10. First Aid Q&A for the USMLE
11. First Aid for the Surgery Clerkship
12. The American Red Cross First Aid
13. Medicine for the Outdoors: The
14. The First Aid Companion for Dogs
15. First Aid for the® Wards: Fourth
16. Wilderness Medicine, Beyond First
17. ACEP First Aid Manual, 3rd Edition
18. First Aid for the Anesthesiology
19. First Aid for the Match, Fifth
20. Aids to the Examination of the

1. First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, 2010 (First Aid USMLE)
by Tao Le, Vikas Bhushan, Neil Vasan
Paperback: 624 Pages (2009-12-14)
list price: US$44.95 -- used & new: US$32.95
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Asin: 0071633405
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The 20th edition of the world’s #1 selling medical review book!

Trust two decades of experience for the most effective USMLE Step 1 preparation possible

  • 1100+ must-know facts and mnemonics organized by organ system and general principles
  • Hundreds of high-yield clinical images you need to know before the exam – including 24 pages of full-color photos
  • Rapid review section for last minute cramming
  • Ratings of 300+ top review products based on the authors’ annual survey of US medical students
  • Updated test-taking advice from students who aced the 2009 exam
  • Strategies that maximize your study time and deliver real results


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5-0 out of 5 stars The Holy Grail
This is an invaluable resource. Clear and concise.It is the definite "go-to" book for Step 1 Prep.

4-0 out of 5 stars satisfied
book was new and condition as expected. shipping was not technically late but took longer to arrive than anticipated.

5-0 out of 5 stars High Quality & Useful
Book arrived on time and in perfect condition. It will be essential for me as I prepare for Step 1.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Good service, quick delivery and great book, all in all.
I got it to prepare for USMLE step 1 and liked it, not only the medical content but also appreciated the introduction part with tips and hints.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential!
I've been using this book now for the first 2 weeks of my second year and I'm loving it.Whenever I'm getting confused on a topic, I pull out First Aid for the "big picture" then go back to the lecture.Our school does a lot of small group learning and I've found this + Robbins to be great for preparing for those sessions.

Good stuff! ... Read more

2. First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK, Seventh Edition (First Aid USMLE)
by Tao Le, Vikas Bhushan, Herman Bagga
Paperback: 606 Pages (2009-09-30)
list price: US$44.95 -- used & new: US$31.94
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Asin: 007162354X
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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An indispensable high-yield review for the USMLE Step 2 CK!

The seventh edition of First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK is written by medical students who successfully passed the exam and reviewed by top faculty. The result is proven information and strategies that maximize your study time and deliver the results you want!


  • Thousands of must-know facts that summarize frequently tested topics
  • Completely updated based on feedback from students who passed
  • 120+ photographs similar to those on the exam
  • 16 pages of full-color clinical images
  • Rapid Review section for last-minute cramming
  • Updated ratings of Step 2 CK review resources ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Man Overboard!
    This is a real disappointment compared to the kind of material that I have seen the First Aid team put out.Most people told me as much, but I didn't believe them.I had stocked a lot of faith in FA for step 1 material and was certain that step 2 stuff would be just as strong.I was wrong.The one good thing about this book is that it uses images that you may be familiar with from the step 1 FA.The chapters are incredibly vague on definitive treatment and diagnosis.Each condition had a list of tests that one "might" use to treat/diagnose a condition. Step 2 questions really wanted to have a more definitive answer than what might be used. Next, there were areas that were grossly neglected and couldn't be found in the book at all.I constantly had to write large areas of notes on disease that are very common, but are not found in the book.One example is otitis media, not as much as a word on the subject.Finally, the book is lengthy compared to other review books, in a really bad way.The text is constantly being ridiculous.For example, if someone has pharyngitis, you don't need to spell it out that you should look in the mouth.I would think that's a given, but this book consistently proves otherwise using line upon line to write out ridiculous material.It can make reading the text very annoying and time consuming.Finally, the editing is horrendous.In comparing an edition from 2009 to 2010, the authors actually added in mistakes to existing text!How can you do that? It really adds to the fact that this is a fly by night book that is feeding off the First Aid name that people have come to adore for step 1 material.In the end, this book wasn't good enough for anything more than a quick read through. As an alternative, I would suggest step up to step 2, which is shorter in length and gets to the point.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very good for quick review and clerkships' review.
    This book works well for a quick review (or two) and as complement with other resources.Good "Rapid Review" at the end of the book to remember important details.Good overall.
    Remember to do the USMLE World for STEP 2 as it works well with this book and is a great source to study from.
    Good Luck!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well done
    The product was in better than stated condition and came very quickly.I would definitely buy from this seller again.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Step 1 FA
    Far cry from the Step 1 FA. There are fewer mneumonics, and the organization is a little haphazard. The index is very weak; there are so few items listed that it's hard to find anything. (SIADH, for example, is not even listed, which is--in my opinion--a noteworthy topic.) Further, the drugs are interspersed throughout the chapters rather than at the end of the chapter, making it difficult to find, and many drugs are missing. The World and Qbank questions seem to focus a lot of drug side effects, and FA seems to avoid them like the plague. There are still some good diagrams and tables, so you may want the book for that, but it's not the kind of solid foundation book the Step 1 FA was, in my opinion.

    4-0 out of 5 stars good so far
    While I feel like there is some important information missing from this book, its not meant to be a complete text and is supposed to be supplemented with other material. I am using this along with Step up to Step 2 and USMLE World ? bank. I feel like I'm getting an adequate exposure to all topics this way. With that being said, I have't taken my test yet... ... Read more

3. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
by Tom Wolfe
Paperback: 432 Pages (2008-08-19)
list price: US$16.00 -- used & new: US$7.95
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Asin: 031242759X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"An American classic" (Newsweek) that defined a generation. “An astonishing book” (The New York Times Book Review) and an unflinching portrait of Ken Kesey, his Merry Pranksters, and the 1960s.

Amazon.com Review
They say if you remember the '60s, you weren't there. But,fortunately, Tom Wolfe was there, notebook in hand, politely decliningLSD while Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters fomented revolution,turning America on to a dangerously playful way of thinking as theirDay-Glo conveyance, Further, made the most influential bus ride sinceRosa Parks's. By taking On the Road's heroNeal Cassady as his driver on the cross-country revival tour anddrawing on his own training as a magician, Kesey made Further into abully pulpit, and linked the beat epoch with hippiedom. PaulMcCartney's Many Yearsfrom Now cites Kesey as a key influence on his trippy Magical MysteryTour film. Kesey temporarily renounced his literary magic forthe cause of "tootling the multitudes"--making a spectacle ofhimself--and Prankster RobertStone had to flee Kesey's wild party to get his life's workdone. But in those years, Kesey's life was his work, and Wolfeinfinitely multiplied the multitudes who got tootled by writing thismajor literary-journalistic monument to a resonant pop-culturemoment.

Kesey's theatrical metamorphosis from the distinguished author of One Flew over the Cuckoo'sNest to the abominable shaman of the "Acid Test" soirees thatlaunched TheGrateful Dead required Wolfe's Day-Glo prose account to endure(though Kesey's own musings in Demon Box are noslouch either). Even now, Wolfe's book gives what Wolfe clearly gotfrom Kesey: a contact high. --Tim Appelo ... Read more

Customer Reviews (152)

3-0 out of 5 stars Book review
I enjoy Tom Wolfe as a writer. This book was popular in the '60's as a youth culture statement. Ken Kesey was an iconic figure of the era.

5-0 out of 5 stars Necessary disillusion
A college classmate of mine in the 1960s dropped out in mid-freshman year, married another classmate; they traveled by motorcycle from Vermont to San Francisco and lived in the Haight-Ashbury. After a couple of years, they returned from San Francisco. I was never able to get my feet on the ground in conversation with my ex-classmate -- he was dripping with hippie mystery as if San Francisco existed in a completely different reality. Tom Wolfe's account got my feet on the ground. My friend did NOT want to talk about this book! Thank you, thank you, Tom Wolfe!

1-0 out of 5 stars Disjointed, meandering and uninteresting
There is no plot or development.There is no structure.Its just a random (completely uninteresting) story about extraordinarily stoned, unwashed self-absorbed people with no direction or substance.

I've made it to page 150, and cannot force myself to read another word.

5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic
I read this in '79. I had no idea what it was about but saw it on a bookshelf and thought it had an interesting and cool cover. What a delightful surprise! Couldn't put it down! Wanted to read it again and must've given away my original copy years ago. Bought it again and am loving it as much the second time around. Too bad it's not a movie. FYI, one of the main characters, did in fact write a book that became a famous movie - "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" (also a great book). Carry on all ye Merry Pranksters out there!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent ride!
Tom Wolfe, although most definitely a square himself, does an excellent job of capturing Kesey and the Prankster's quest to find spirituality though drugs.The ride is entertaining, and the writing style is creating and interesting.

I assume the material is somewhat polarizing, but if you're interested in learning more about Kesey, this has to be the best collection of information about his life.

The question is, are you on or off the bus? ... Read more

4. Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa
by Dambisa Moyo
Paperback: 188 Pages (2010-05-30)
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Asin: 1553655427
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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In the past fifty years, more than $1 trillion in development-related aid has been transferred from rich countries to Africa. Has this assistance improved the lives of Africans? No. In fact, across the continent, the recipients of this aid are not better off as a result of it, but worse—much worse.

In Dead Aid, Dambisa Moyo describes the state of postwar development policy in Africa today and unflinchingly confronts one of the greatest myths of our time: that billions of dollars in aid sent from wealthy countries to developing African nations has helped to reduce poverty and increase growth. In fact, poverty levels continue to escalate and growth rates have steadily declined—and millions continue to suffer. Provocatively drawing a sharp contrast between African countries that have rejected the aid route and prospered and others that have become aid-dependent and seen poverty increase, Moyo illuminates the way in which overreliance on aid has trapped developing nations in a vicious circle of aid dependency, corruption, market distortion, and further poverty, leaving them with nothing but the “need” for more aid. Debunking the current model of international aid promoted by both Hollywood celebrities and policy makers, Moyo offers a bold new road map for financing development of the world’s poorest countries that guarantees economic growth and a significant decline in poverty—without reliance on foreign aid or aid-related assistance.

Dead Aid is an unsettling yet optimistic work, a powerful challenge to the assumptions and arguments that support a profoundly misguided development policy in Africa. And it is a clarion call to a new, more hopeful vision of how to address the desperate poverty that plagues millions.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Stop the Flow of Money to Corrupt Handlers
This insightful book describes excatly where development aid has gone wrong: funds are diverted into the coffers of corrupt politicians. A new modality of aid is presented, with equity consideration in mind. A must read for those in development agencies.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not convincing
It's an OK look at how aid has failed the developing world. However it wasn't as convincing, well researched or enlightening as it should have been. (If you want a top quality book on this subject, read The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier).

5-0 out of 5 stars International do-gooders should be forced to read this
Like the incorrigibly violent Alex in "A Clockwork Orange", international do-gooders should be forced to read this book, if necessary by being chained down and having their eyelids propped open so that they cannot avoid the message:

Foreign aid to Africa has not only failed but is responsible for many of the continent's countless ills.

Dambisa Moyo is a young Zambian economist. She argues her case with force and brevity, accessible both to the professional economist and the interested lay reader.

More than $2 trillion, she says, has been poured into Africa since the end of colonialsim. In recent years it's been a fashionable cause for rock stars and other well-meaning celebrities.

But there is less than nothing to show for it - a continent arguably poorer and more strife-ridden than it was in 1950.

Aid money is "bouffed" (slang in the former French colonies, means "gobbled up") by government elites, who use it to support luxurious lifestyles sans any actual achievement meriting it.

Little gets to the poor. It feeds corrupt and repressive regimes, who use a lot of the money on the military to keep themselves in power. Joseph Mobutu stole an estimate $5 billion in Zaire. Robert Mugabe's wife is legendary for her overseas shopping sprees - the Imelda Marcos of southern Africa. Corruption destroys the formation of the reliable civic structure middle-class entrepreneuers need - honest courts that enforce contracts and the like.

The foreign aid organizations - NGOs, or non-governmental organizations, suggesting groups of selfless saints uncorrupted by profit or politics - never hold anyone accountable, despite repeated threats to do so. Tens of thousands of their own jobs depend on the continued flow.

Dramatic public appeals to dramatize a single problem backfire. Using the ficitonal example of a small entrepreneur making mosquito nets and employing ten people, Moyo shows how a rock star's donation of a million dollars, buying a hundred thousand nets to fight malaria, floods the local market, driving down the price and putting our entrepreneur out of business.

No African country has used foreign aid to emerge from poverty into productivity. The countries who have done best, like Botswana, have weaned themselves off it. Aid accounts for a fraction of Botswana's economy, compared with 75 percent of some of the poorest states.

Moyo, meanwhile, tells us what does work, giving examples from both in and out of Africa. They're all market based.

--Nations should borrow on the bond market. It forces them to get a bond rating attesting to their creditworthiness and discourages them from stealing the money if they ever want to borrow again. African governments start to work more like those in more successful nations.

--China, avoiding rhetoric or demands regarding human rights, has invested billions in Africa for naked self-interest - development of mineral and agricultural resources China desperately needs to feed its own booming economy and enormous population. The Africans like it because they actually have something to show for it: new railroads, roads, sources of electric power, and every type of infrastructure, all of which makes doing business easier in Africa for all, not just the Chinese. Public opinion polls across Africa show the Chinese are preferreed nowadays to the Americans or Europeans. (Moyo is light on the details here, particularly whether Chinese enterprises are owned by the Chinese government or Chinese businesses. Do they foster charges of neo-colonialism?) The West ignores this kind of direct investment at its peril because Africa may be drawn entirely, firmly and permanently into the Chinese sphere of influence.

--Drop trade barriers. She's hard on Western agricultural subsidies to their own farmers, keeping African commodities out of their markets. (She should have mentioned African farmers' own biggest enemy is the government buying cooperative they often must sell to, a socialist monopoly barely paying farmers' costs while reserving profit for the government.) But she thinks African nations could do more to lower trade barriers between each other, such as tariffs, creating the kinds of duty-free zones represented by NAFTA and the European Union.

--Develop financial markets. She likes the popular microfinance idea, of course - lending tiny amounts to the poor in such a way that they tend to pay it back. But in addition, she advocates a more transparent banking sector encouraging people to pull their savings out from under their mattresses (money not working for anyone while it's down there) and deposit it, injecting billions already present in country, into the economy. And remittances - wherein Africans abroad wire billions home to their families - markedly improve the lives of those receiving them and should be encouraged.

To get all this going, she says, would take nothing more than a telephone call from the World Bank or the IMF to the head of state notifying him that foreign aid will be cut off entirely in five years, with the amount going down steadily in the interim, save for natural disasters or other emergency assistance.

Moyo's critique of foreign aid isn't new. Her clear-headed prescription about what to do about it is invaluable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Africa Awakening
The problems that is in Africa, which Dambisa Moyo has revealed is affecting poor nations throughout the world. She did a very good job exposing the problems. Her solutions to the problems were also impressive. Good work Dambisa Moyo.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Infallible but a Book that Cannot Be Ignored
In direct contention with the pervading assumption that international aid is critical for the survival and eventual growth of the most impoverished countries, Dambisa Moyo contends that aid has actually inhibited these countries from achieving sustainable economic growth. Instead of providing a basic level of sustenance for a country, aid encourages corruption and locks a country into a cycle of debt that prevents viable economic sectors from developing. In this opposition, Moyo recommends a combination of foreign direct investment, intentional and regional trade, bond markets, increasing domestic savings, and reducing the costs of remittances while tailoring these options to the specific circumstances of each country.


Moyo makes a compelling argument against broad intergovernmental aid. Nevertheless, one of the primary arguments of Jeffrey Sachs, the developer of the Millennium Development Goals and author of The End of Poverty, is that targeted aid to local communities that increases GDP per capita above $300 breaks the poverty trap and allows for economic progress to begin. Until that trap is broken, households cannot amass enough capital for reinvestment, which is critical for economic growth. As Moyo notes, massive flows of aid to any given country do not produce this effect. Rampant corruption, a lack of growth, and rent seeking by public officials become the norm. In short, aid may be able to alleviate poverty and jumpstart an economy but the problem is with the implementation. Unfortunately, there may not be a reliable way to deliver aid to local communities in Sachs' vision on a broad scale. In which case, stopping aid and pursuing other avenues for raising capital as Moyo advocates may still be the best way to spur economic development throughout Africa.

Secondly, Moyo does not discuss the complexities of trade barriers thoroughly enough. There is little question that Western subsidies on agriculture create a severe impediment to growth throughout emerging economies. However, there is a valid geostrategic argument to be made for not removing the subsidies. Without subsidies, most Western countries would most likely import that vast majority of their food products, creating a potential weakness during conflict.

Taking a realist perspective, removing trade subsidies would tilt the balance of power to countries that may violently challenge the Western hegemony, a risk not worth the increased growth in the developing world. There are also counterpoints to the geostrategic argument as well. A neoliberal would likely argue that increased economic prosperity will result in a greater adoption of democratic norms and then use democratic peace theory (democracies seldom fight each other, therefore, if every country is a democracy there should be relatively little war) to argue that concerns for the balance of power are largely irrelevant. Moyo merely acknowledges that there is a geostrategic argument but does not attempt to debase or critique it.

The Bottom Line:

A pivotal book. Moyo strikes an excellent balance between readability and thoroughness, referring to numerous academic studies throughout the book while keeping the writing and content easily accessible. Whether you are involved with development policy or have simply bought the latest (RED) iPod, you need to read this book.

For more reviews and a summary of Moyo's main points, find us at Hand of Reason. ... Read more

5. First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CS, Third Edition (First Aid USMLE)
by Tao Le, Vikas Bhushan, Mae Sheikh-Ali, Fadi Abu Shahin
Paperback: 414 Pages (2009-10-15)
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Asin: 0071624252
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Trust the #1 selling USMLE Step 2 CS review book for the most thorough, score-boosting exam preparation possible!

The best USMLE Step 2 CS review got just got even better! The third edition of First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CS has been updated based on feedback from US and international medical student test takers. This student-to-student guide thoroughly prepares you for frequently tested cases, including telephone exams, to ensure CS success.

  • 41 full-length practice cases that simulate the real exam – including all new pediatric and telephone interviews as well as suggested closing statements for each case
  • A revised and expanded set of minicases representing common complaints designed to help you rapidly develop a set of differential diagnoses
  • Time management advice to maximize your clinical encounters
  • Step-by-step strategies for interacting with standardized patients, including “difficult patients”
  • Detailed descriptions of high-yield physical exam maneuvers that will win you points without costing time
  • Proven study and exam strategies from students who passed
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good concise review
Well organized.Easy to read.High-yield with a good number of practice cases.Practice cases are somewhat easier than the actual exam in that a clear single diagnosis is obvious in some of the cases whereas it usually isn't in the actual test.The section on potential challenging questions from the SPs is also useful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect tool for IMGs!
This book has everything you need to know about CS. Most importantly its format is suitable for practice with a study partner, which is the most vital part of the preparation for these exams...
Much better than Kaplan's!
The introductory info about where to stay/eat was somewhat helpful.

Definitely the best book recommended for CS!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Review
Great review if you are preparing for usmle 2 cs, cases are similar to the ones seen on the ward floor.

5-0 out of 5 stars all you need
read this book and practice and you'll be among the 97% of students who pass this test every year. The book is all you need. The minicases section is particularly high yield. Test is annoying, but you will be prepared with this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good resource
It's a very good book for the med student. It is a must if you are gonna take the Step 2CS anytime soon. You have to read it to have an idea of what you are gonna encounter on test day! ... Read more

6. First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2011 (First Aid USMLE)
by Tao Le, Vikas Bhushan, Juliana Tolles
Paperback: 624 Pages (2011-01-14)
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Asin: 0071742301
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The #1 selling medical review book in the world -- updated with the latest must-know facts and test-taking strategies for the USMLE Step 1


First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 is the undisputed "bible" of USMLE Step 1 preparation. This annually updated student-to-student review delivers an unmatched collection of the most frequently tested high-yield facts and mnemonics. Written by medical students who took the boards in 2010, it provides a complete framework to help you prepare for the most anxiety-provoking exam of your career.

  • 1,100+ high-yield facts based on student reporting from the 2010 exam
  • Hundreds of clinical images, including a 24-page full-color insert
  • Student ratings of top review books
  • Updated information throughout
  • High-yield facts organized into basic principles and organ system sections facilitates study
  • Use with First Aid Cases for the USMLE Step 1 and First Aid Q&A for the USMLE Step 1 to create the ultimate Step 1 review package

Here's why this is the #1 USMLE review:
Section I. Guide to Efficient Exam Preparation; Section I Supplement. Special Situations; Section II. General Principles; Chapter 1. Behavioral Sciences; Chapter 2. Biochemistry; Chapter 3. Embryology; Chapter 4. Microbiology and Immunology; Chapter 5. Pathology; Chapter 6. Pharmacology; Section III. High-Yield Organ Systems; Chapter 7. Cardiovascular; Chapter 8. Endocrine; Chapter 9. Gastrointestinal; Chapter 10. Hematology and Oncology; Chapter 11. Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue; Chapter 12. Neurology and Psychiatry; Chapter 13. Renal; Chapter 14. Reproductive; Chapter 15. Respiratory; Chapter 16. Rapid Review; Chapter 17. High-Yield Images; Section IV: Top-Rated Review Resources ... Read more

7. First Aid for the Psychiatry Clerkship, Second Edition (First Aid Series)
by Latha Stead, Matthew Kaufman
Paperback: 208 Pages (2005-03-14)
list price: US$45.95 -- used & new: US$35.96
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Asin: 0071448721
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This student -to-student guide helps you: discover med students' "secret weapon" for the clerkship; impress on the wards and succeed in the clerkship; get answers to shelf-exam questions from students who passed; remember the essentials with high-yield topics, mnemonics, and pocket-sized reminders; and apply the First Aid formula for clerkship success! This insider's guide to psychiatry clerkship success is the only student-to-student, step-by-step guide to clerkship success. It includes: hundreds of recently tested high-yield topics from shelf exams and the USMLE Step 2; exam, wards, and typical scenario boxes for last-minute review; insider tips for outstanding performance on the wards and exams; "Classifieds" section does the research for you, featuring high-yield websites and top extracurricular opportunities and scholarships; and a bonus: pocket-sized tear-out cards with essential wards information! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Summary
This book is very good for a review of the essentials topics in psychiatry.It is not sufficient as a stand alone resource for the clerkship, but it is nice and concise for refreshing what you've already learned in greater detail before.High yield.Worth the time and money.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good review, not perfect
This review book is pretty good, but it has some flaws. (Do not use this as your only studying resource!)First Aid for Step 1 was a little bit better than this book in terms of formatting and being concise.This has a lot more long lines/paragraphs of text with very few tips/mnemonics.That being said, it lays out most of the relevant and important information you'll need to know in order to get a decent grade (but also omits stuff that you might need to look elsewhere if you want a top grade).

5-0 out of 5 stars best book for the psychiatry clerkship!
you get a good overview of all the main syndromes for your clerkship. it's not intensely in-depth but what you need to know, and you can supplement with other texts like the lange questions book for the shelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars Honors? yes please.
Concise, cheap, gets you an honors on the NBME. Need I say more? Read this 3x. Do the Lange Q&A book 1x. Do Psych USMLE questions 1x. BAM! honors. love the book. recommend it to all third years hoping to get through psych blissfully. Good luck everybody!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great resource for the shelf exam
First Aid presents the basics of psychiatry in a way that is organized and quick and easy to read. The small size of the book did concern me a bit at first, but it appears to summarize most everything you need to know for a solid performance on the shelf exam. The chapters range from about 4-12+ pages, and they keep all psychiatric conditions grouped together into DSM categories (eating disorders, anxiety disorders, etc). The pharmacology section is brief, but it points out the unique characteristics of each psych drug and drug class, which is essentially all you need to know for the shelf exam. I would say the major weakness of the book is the lack of focus on general medical conditions and common medications that may cause psych symptoms. This information was typically represented in a list, without much emphasis (and so I didn't really study it much), but I found several questions related to this material on my shelf exam. It was my weakest section on the test, but I was still able to score in the 90s using only First Aid x3 and supplementing with Lange Q&A x1. If you have no interest in entering psychiatry, I believe First Aid (plus your question book of choice) is enough for the clerkship. This book allowed me to learn the basics of psych and perform well on the shelf, but it did not go into so much detail that I felt I was wasting my time learning information that only students entering psych would really care about. ... Read more

8. First Aid for the USMLE Step 3, Third Edition (First Aid USMLE)
by Tao Le, Vikas Bhushan, Robert Grow, Veronique Tache
Paperback: 486 Pages (2010-09-21)
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Asin: 0071712976
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The best, most trusted review for the USMLE Step 3 is now in full color

First Aid for the USMLE Step 3 provides busy residents with thousands of high-yield facts, mnemonics, and visual aids to help them pass the USMLE Step 3. More than 100 mini-cases provide practice for the CCS portion of the exam. The third edition features full color throughout the book, 35 pages of new material, and a complete revision to eliminate redundancy and over-information and highlight the most essential material for the exam. It is written by residents who recently passed Step 3 and reviewed by faculty for accuracy.


  • Thousands of high-yield facts, mnemonics, and visual aids for board success
  • NEW: full color throughout with many new color images
  • NEW: Classic and frequently-tested scenarios integrated throughout the text clue you in for exam questions
  • 100+ mini-cases provide invaluable preparation for the CCS portion of the exam
  • Completely revised throughout and including 35 pages of new material and more clinical images
  • Written by residents with recent experience taking the Step 3 examination

The content you need to ace the USMLE Step 3
Section I: Guide to the USMLE Step 3 and the CCS; Section II: Database of High-Yield Facts; Chapter 1. Ambulatory Medicine; Chapter 2. Cardiovascular; Chapter 3. EM; Chapter 4. Ethics and Statistics; Chapter 5. GI; Chapter 6. Hematology; Chapter 7. Oncology; Chapter 8. Infectious Disease; Chapter 9. Musculoskeletal; Chapter 10. Nephrology; Chapter 11. Neurology; Chapter 12. Obstetrics; Chapter 13. Gynecology; Chapter 14. Pediatrics; Chapter 15. Psychiatry; Chapter 16. Pulmonary; Section III: High-Yield CCS Cases; Appendix; Index ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars New edition is much improved but still very insufficient
70 pages were added to this new (3rd) edition, so it covers more diseases now - for example, it includes the info about cardiomyopathies and about pheochromocytoma, sorely missing in the previous edition.
also, this edition contains many more pictures (they are in full color now), as well as integrated mini-cases.
I compared this edition of 'FA for step 3' to the 7th edition of 'FA for step 2 ck' and found that, for example, there is almost nothing about the prevention of endocarditis in the second one, and almost 1 page about it - in the first one.
on the other hand, Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia is not presented in the first one and is presented in the second one.
so, they kind of miss different points, but there are some overlaps as well - some tables (about fractures, immunodeficiencies, and so on) in 'FA for step 3' are borrowed from 'FA for step 2CK'.
all in all, even this edition should have at least twice more pages to cover everything you need for step 3 - maybe 'FA for the Internal Medicine Boards' is the better choice for IM part?

2-0 out of 5 stars Very unhelpful - too basic, unfocused
I don't write many reviews, but this book was so bad I had to write something. If you are considering buying this book, stop right now and save yourself the time and money. I used this book for step 3, and then after the 1st part of the test, I thumbed through it again to see if anything matched up. It did not. IMHO, if the USMLE step 3 was an open book test, the first aid book would still be almost useless! It is way too basic, and does not focus on key step 3 test items, is poorly organized and written, and leaves you with a time-wasting study plan. I also used usmleworld for questions, and found that while definitely better written, it still was of very little help on the actual test. I got the same feedback from other test takers as well who thought these two resources were not worth using. I'm not knocking all the series. First Aid for step 1 is great, but then the rest of the series deteriorates. I think this is because of a lack of strategy on the author's part, or maybe a change in how the exam is now written. The book does not mesh with what the writers are trying to emphasize on the test. You should not have to take much time to study for this test if you have a good source and focus on the right issues. Most people I know don't spend more then a few days to a couple weeks for this test, but you can spend 2 weeks with first aid or usmleworld, and still not improve your score much. For now, I'm not sure what is a worthwhile source. No one I know has vouched much for crush step 3 either. Hopefully someone will write a review book that is a little more thought out. However, I do recommend usmleworld for the CCS portion of the exam.

4-0 out of 5 stars Succint and Sufficient
Broad enough to cover the major topics, and still light enough on content not to bog you down.

3-0 out of 5 stars worst in the series
I had high hopes for First Aid for Step 3, after using the series in the other step exams. I was highly disappointed as this book leaves out so much important information, and actually some of the information it does include is blatantly wrong (caused me to give wrong answers on the QBanks). I don't trust it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good series
I have been following firstaid series since step1
really good books
very high yelid stuff
good for last week review
my suggestion is write down important points when u do questions
in the first aid book so that u can go through in the last week
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9. First Aid for the Pediatrics Clerkship, Third Edition (First Aid Series)
by Latha Stead, Matthew Kaufman, Muhammad Waseem
Paperback: 607 Pages (2010-10-05)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The pediatrics clerkship survival guide written by students who aced the clerkship.

This powerful review for the pediatrics clerkship provides medical students taking requiredrotations with a single, concise, high-yield resource for excelling on the boards and wards. Hundreds of high-yield facts--written by students and based on the clerkship's core competencies--review everything students need to know for the clerkship. Margin notes highlight common exam and "pimp" questions to really help students shine. New to this edition, mini-cases are integrated throughout to give a clinical "face" todisease discussions. A section of "classifieds" include scholarship and award opportunities. A new color insert contains 4 pages of full color images to amplify the text.


  • High-yield yet comprehensive review for the pediatrics clerkship based on the clerkship's core competencies
  • Written by students who just completed the clerkship
  • NEW: Integrated mini-cases add clinical relevance and prepare students for questions they will see on the shelf exam and the USMLE Step 2 CK
  • Exam tips and wards tips in the margins help students shine
  • Edited by a pediatrician and reviewed by top faculty to ensure relevance and accuracy

The content you need to excel on the pediatric clerkship:
Section I: How to Succeed in the Pediatrics Clerkship;Section II: High-Yield Facts,Gestation and Birth,Prematurity,Growth and Development,Nutrition,Health Supervision and Prevention of Injury and Illness in the Well Child,Congenital Malformations and Chromosomal,Anomalies,Metabolic Disease,Immunologic Disease,ID,GI Disease,Respiratory Disease,Cardiovascular Disease,Renal, Gynecologic, and Urinary Disease,Hematologic Disease,Endocrine Disease,Neurologic Disease,ENT,Musculoskeletal Disease,Dermatology,Psychiatry,Section III: Awards and Opportunities,Color Image Section

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Customer Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Thourough, yet managable!
This book is an incredibly awesome asset to third year medical students.It goes from the ground up and really gives the high yield details needed to do well on exams.This is one of the best books in the first aid series because it explains things so much better than the other books in the series.It also has a lot of intangables to really shine on your rotation.For example, a basic review on echocardigrams is included in the cardio chapter,PALS is reviewed at the end of the book, and practical points on routine health and supervision are included.It coveres just about every topic that you'll encounter on pediatrics and is managable to get through.Don't let the 500 pages intimidate you.The first aid format is notorious for an outline form, diagrams, and pictures.It's really not that hard to get through.The high yield notes in the margins are A+.They aren't stupid/often useless details that Step up to Medicine often adds (great book but often bad margin notes).They are almost all good tid-bits to answer questions.Grab this book and tear up your miniboard and Step 2.

4-0 out of 5 stars Helpful
Helpful book to carry around / write notes in on the ward.I would recommend BRS Peds over this one though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Satisfied
My order was for a new First Aid for the Pediatric Clerkship, and that is exactly what I received. I was very satisfied with my purchase.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good reference, but can't go through clerkship with this alone
The book was a good reference, but its bulky size makes it impractical for carrying around the hospital.I used it mainly to quickly look something up when reading from Blueprints at home.If you get the time to review it before the shelf, like they recommend, I'm sure it would be more useful.Practically, that is unlikely to happen.

4-0 out of 5 stars First Aid Peds
this book has good information and is helpful for a systems based approach, and would be good if you want a more in-depth look at peds.i found the clinical blurbs in the margins particularly useful ... Read more

10. First Aid Q&A for the USMLE Step 1, Second Edition (First Aid USMLE)
by Tao Le, Seth Bechis
Paperback: 676 Pages (2009-01-23)
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Asin: 0071597948
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The essential Q&A companion book to First Aid for the® USMLE Step 1

First Aid™ Q&A for the USMLE Step 1 features 1,000 board-style questions and answers, along with explanations for both correct and incorrect answers. The content is keyed to First Aid for the®USMLE Step 1, allowing you to study high-yield facts and Q&As simultaneously. All questions have been reviewed by students who just aced the exam.

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Customer Reviews (20)

3-0 out of 5 stars USMLE world, NBME, and Robbins question are better
As of this review, I'm almost done with the USMLE world qBank and have taken 3 NBME full length exams. The questions in this book are a bit spotty, some pretty unrealistic. If you buy it, the first thing you have to do it get the "errata" to update your book. The answer explanations aren't as informative as one might like. I agree with the other reviewer that the author rushed the publication of this book.I have to ask why there are so many errors and bizarre wording of questions if 30 medical students and faculty edited this book.

So, it's not a terrible book, but with so many 5 star resources out there (and limited time), I would NOT get this book again.

5-0 out of 5 stars WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD
This is a must have book. Worth $[...], for all the valuable information it gives you. This will help you a lot with your USMLE preparation, and believe me, when it comes to USMLE, everything that gives you an edge helps. Combine this with the NMS (NATIONAL MEDICAL SERIES) books and the USMLE TOTAL REVIEW software [...]and if you are on a megabudget, include the KAPLAN 3 DAY COURSE [...].
And stop quibbling about money, you wanna to be a doc, it is gonna cost you. So shut up and pay up ! :) give it a few years and you will be making money hand over fist!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good questions
In comparing these questions to USMLE world, they tend to be a little easier.Unfortunately, I cannot compare them to Kaplan online because I don't have any experience with it.However, the questions are similar in difficulty to the Kaplan Qbook.Some of the chapters are easier than others.As a whole, however, the questions are pretty good.They are representative of questions that you will see on USMLE step 1 and great explanations are at the end of each chapter.I was hoping to use this book with First Aid, but I found that some of the chapters were combined (Neuro/Psych), which made it a little more difficult to break it down by chapter.However, overall if you are looking for a good question source that won't break your pocket book, this is it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Terrible editing, mistake ridden, and overly simple questions.
I started going through this book and just stopped. Relative to the other qbanks available its a waste. Many questions are either unrealistically simple or overly tricky due to poor wording/editing. Many explanations are inadequate and are merely statements of fact.

The book would be acceptable if it were not for the mistakes. In one chapter more than 10% of the questions had blatant mistakes or seriously misleading information. Combined with the poor wording on many questions, it makes answering some questions a pain.

I guess if you need a cheap qbank or one on paper this will work, but there are FAR better resources to study from.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, great seller!
The seller shipped this item FAST and it is exactly as described...will definitely do business again. ... Read more

11. First Aid for the Surgery Clerkship (First Aid Series)
by Matthew Kaufman, Latha Stead, S. Matthew Stead, Nitin Mishra
Paperback: 537 Pages (2009-05-14)
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Asin: 0071448713
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The student-to-student, step-by-step guide to surgery clerkship success

There is no better way to ace the surgery clerkship exam and impress on the wards than First Aid for the Surgery Clerkship. Completely updated throughout, the Second Edition includes a guide to excelling in the clerkship, a high-yield review of core material, commonexam and "pimp" questions, and a section of "classifieds" including scholarship opportunities.

  • Detailed what-to-study and what you must-know advice from clerkship veterans helps you ace the surgery clerkship exam and impress on the wards
  • Frequently-tested high-yield facts and mnemonics maximize your study time
  • “Exam Tips” reinforce concepts you need to know on exam day
  • “Ward Tips” prepare you for common “pimp” questions
  • “Classifieds” highlight extracurricular opportunities and scholarships
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Customer Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars good book
takes awhile to get through, but quite comprehensive. The first 300 pages are what you actually have to know, the last 200 pages are only somewhat needed. I supplemented this book with nms casebook, surgery pretest, and lange 1000 surgery questions. Out of these I would say definitely get nms, probably yes to first aide. I gave it 4/5 stars because I have yet to take the shelf. But so far so good, just study these and keep recall handy for reading before surgery cases for pimping.

3-0 out of 5 stars First Aid for the Surgery Clerkship (First Aid Series)
Fairly comprehensive information, very list-heavy, but not always organized in a logical way.Some of this lists seem more like a slew of random facts related to the topic, rather than a systematic description, diagnosis, and treatment-style organization.Mostly useful as a place to take notes from other texts, but even then, not always the best because of the odd organization.

4-0 out of 5 stars Really Helpful
It's a lot of help while you're going through your surgery rotation. As much as I would have liked to have read the text book, there isn't a lot of time due to the long hours of work. This book helps fill in the gaps. Some things might be too simplified, so it might be helpful to supplement with the required books.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very detailed
At least half this book is exactly the same as First Aid for the Medicine Clerkship, but it does a good job of describing pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, and surgical management of issues.It's helpful that it includes chapters on the various surgical subspecialties.

I wouldn't say that it is particularly high yield because it's over 500 pages.It would be the most helpful to someone who hasn't already had their medicine clerkship.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book..
The book (and others in the series I have used) is quite good, with clear, well-summarized material. There are a few caveats, however:
1. In this 1st edition, there are many typos. Most are obvious (mispelling, repeating a word or phrase or phrase twice in a row, etc.), but betray a lack of proofreading. I THINK all the important information is accurate, but the typos don't inspire confidence...
2. The font size is big, the line spacing generous, and there's lots of white space on the pages, which makes for easy reading, but as a result it's not a small book. It would be nice if some of the font sizing/line spacing were sacrificed for a more pocketable book that might fit in a white coat, like the "Recall" series. (The "Recall" series has its hits and misses, but Surgical Recall is a must-have book for the surgery rotation. Really. It goes very well with First Aid or the similar "Blueprints.")
3. The "Blueprints" series is very similar to this "First Aid" series, with the addition of a test prep. question/answer section in the back. It would be nice if First Aid had SOME sort of review mechanism--maybe Q/A's at the end of each chapter or at the end of the book.

Overall, it's a good series, even with my "gripes." ... Read more

12. The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook
by American Red Cross, Kathleen A. Handal
Paperback: 384 Pages (1992-05-27)
list price: US$18.99 -- used & new: US$9.89
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Asin: 0316736465
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Helps readers learn the crucial first aid measures to be applied in any situation, from cuts and burns to cardiac arrest, with instructions and drawings adapted for the first time for home use.150,000 first printing. $400,000 ad/promo. Lit Guild. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Mom's request
I was happry to see the book in great condition..and it was easy to read....very clean copy...

4-0 out of 5 stars A new first aid book
I wanted a new first aid book around, so I searched through the vast selection and picked this one it is to the point and deals with the kind of first aid I am interested in.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential safety equipment
A must have for every home and school. While nothing can replace real first aid training, this excellent book serves as a useful suppliment and refresher. Buy it, keep it handy, and read sections of it regularly.

2-0 out of 5 stars Out of date
While the first aid portion of the book is very good, all of the CPR information is out of date and does not reflect the standards adopted in 2005.This includes the standards for adult, child, and infant CPR; child and infant rescue breathing, and unconscious choking for adult and child.

3-0 out of 5 stars Needs Update
The book has much of what you expect in a first aid book. The one problem is that the book hasn't been updated in a long time. One of the treatments recommended was outdated and wrong. ... Read more

13. Medicine for the Outdoors: The Essential Guide to Emergency Medical Procedures and First Aid (Medicine for the Outdoors: The Essential Guide to First Aid &)
by Paul S. Auerbach MDMSFACEPFAWM
Paperback: 535 Pages (2009-06-19)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$16.47
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Asin: 0323068138
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Named a top 10 medical title in 2009 by the Wall Street Journal.

Since 1986, Medicine for the Outdoors has been hailed as the definitive take-along manual on the subject. Packed with step-by-step instructions, how-to explanations, and practical approaches to outdoor and wilderness emergencies, it tells you the best ways to respond to just about any medical problem when help is miles or days away. Author Paul S. Auerbach, MD, MS, FACEP, FAWM, is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on wilderness medicine. This 5th edition features major updates to bring you the latest on emerging infectious diseases...the most current drug and dosage information...an increased emphasis on making do with the materials at hand...and much more. Logically organized, easy to reference, and simple to understand, Medicine for the Outdoors may literally save your life. When you're venturing into mountains, deserts, forests, jungles, or out to sea, it belongs in your duffel or backpack!

  • Provides the most diverse and comprehensive coverage of medical conditions related to the outdoors.
  • Offers logical and complete explanations of every topic.
  • Includes numerous drawings and instructions to enhance your understanding of the descriptive material.
  • Contains recommendations for injury and illness prevention.
  • Features a comprehensive index that helps you locate answers quickly.

  • Offers an increased emphasis on making do with the materials at hand (like using a fanny pack as a cervical collar).
  • Presents the latest guidance on dangerous infections like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), avian flu, and West Nile virus.
  • Offers current and accurate drug and dosage information via careful updates throughout.
  • Provides new safety recommendations on avalanches, forest fires, bear attacks, and more.
  • Demonstrates how to apply various bandages and splints with the aid of brand-new drawings.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Detailed, Advanced First Aid
I have recently read a few books on first responder type medical aid for wilderness scenarios ... and this is BY FAR the best.If you are looking for a book that goes well beyond even advanced first aid, and presents the material in a pratical way using common languge ... this book is it.There is a balance with books like this on either being too elementary (i.e. "dumbed-down") or being too academic (i.e. filled with technical jargon that goes over the head of most people), but this book is a great balance between the two.The author has a gift of explaining things in a very straight-forward fashion.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best guideout there. Period.
As a Wilderness EMT and wilderness medicine instructor, I often find myself asking myself questions or being asked questions that I wouldhave otherwise never conjured up. Needless to say, I wouldn't carry this "bible of the backcountry" with me everywhere I go while out enjoying mother nature's splendor, but it certainly has its own spot in my emergency medicine library collection! Well written, easy to follow and understand, and the graphics are clear and concise. A great resource for any Wilderness First Aider, WFR or even WEMT!

Clif Castleman
Center for Wilderness Safety

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good how - to - book!
This book covers anything and everything that could happen. Very detailed. I would highly recommend this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding advice for hikers and other outdoor adventurers
This new edition is a standard handbook for anyone participating in outdoor activities or eco-tourism. Dr. Auerbach is an emergency surgeon and authority in wilderness medicine. He maintains a superb website called "Outdoor Health" (link in the first Comment).

Dr. Auerbach offers advice on both minor and major injuries, from shark and snake bites to lightning strikes, wound care, blister management and procedures for a being stranded by a snowstorm in your car.

His prose is clear and careful, and he is a great believer in prevention as well as a great resource for emergency treatment of patients far from professional medical care. An example of his writing:

"One gives up very little (nothing, really) and gains everything by wearing a helmet in the appropriate circumstances. Freedom of choice is a selfish concept when one considers that the head-injured victim forces loved ones or society to provide care and the financial resources to manage the injury and rehabilitation, and sadly, support for the disabled person, who might have avoided most of the injury by wearing a helmet.

"There is no excuse for not wearing a helmet approved for high risk (for head injury) situations. It is no different than wearing a seat belt in a car or washing your hands before you eat. Prevention is the name of the game. Having cared for many people with devastating head injuries, most of which would have been trivial or absent if a helmet had been worn, I can only hope that we do what it takes to mandate helmet use in every reasonable situation for which they would be of benefit. That is a necessary and appropriate use of the law."

If you are only a weekend hiker like me, or take on more challenging pursuits, get to know Dr. Auerbach, either on his blog or better yet on this excellent guide.

Robert C. Ross2009

5-0 out of 5 stars Medicine for the Outdoors
This is very useful for both novice and great review forprofessionals in medicine.

Good for outdoors but also at home when medical problems arise. Snakes bites, stomach ailments and much more. Descriptive in plain englishand illustrated very well. ... Read more

14. The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats (Prevention Pets)
by Amy D. Shojai
Paperback: 439 Pages (2001-03-15)
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Is there an animal doctor in the house?

Most likely, the answer is no. And when an accident or other emergency threatens your pet, every minute counts. Don't be unprepared! Open The First-Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats and learn:

* Basic first-aid techniques, such as cleaning a wound, making a splint, and performing CPR-- step-by-step!
* Which over-the-counter human medications can help-- or harm-- your dog or cat
* What to keep in your pet's medicine chest (many essential items are probably in your house already!)
* How to quickly pinpoint what's wrong with your pet, using the First-Aid Symptom Finder

Plus, you'll discover a comprehensive A-to-Z guide to more than 150 common-- and not-so-common-- injuries and conditions, including:

* Abscesses (page 60)
* Bites from Animals (page 90)
* Car Accidents (page 117)
* Choking (page 131)
* Gunshot Wounds (page 224)
* Heatstroke (page 237)
* Hot Spots (page 245)
* Jellyfish Stings (page 269)
* Poisoning (page 311)
* Snakebites (page 350)

Each at-a-glance entry tells you when to call the vet, which supplies or medications you'll need, what immediate action you should take, and what you should do as follow-up care.

By knowing what to do in an emergency and then acting quickly and confidently to take the proper steps, you could save your pet's life. The next time medical help is not quickly available, reach for The First-Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats. It's a pet owner's second best friend.
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It's every pet owner's nightmare: suddenly your four-legged friend isn'tbreathing. What to do? There is no 911 for pets, so it's up to you to savea life. The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats is astraightforward guide that covers both major problems--CPR, heat stroke, andstrangulation--and minor ones, such as swollen tails, ingrown nails, and fleaallergies. Beginning with simple tests and explanations of general careissues like dehydration examinations and triage, this guide then moves onto an alphabetical listing of every possible situation, from arrow woundsto worms.

The individual sections are good for both general reading and instantassistance. Each one starts with a notice of when to call thevet--immediately, the same day, or as needed. It also lists what items fromyour pet's medicine chest will be needed, which may include anything from cornsyrup to towels and panty hose. The information that follows this simplechecklist is divided into "do this now," "special situations," "follow-upcare," and "the best approach." Whenever necessary, simple sketches areincluded to help show proper technique, such as fashioning an instantmuzzle from a pair of nylons, or how to cover a dog's head in case of anear-flap injury. Relying frequently on common household items likeantihistamines, turkey basters, Gatorade, and plastic wrap, this guideassumes most of us won't have special medical training or supplies andfocuses on very specific and simple methods of helping your pet achieve thebest possible care. Even more importantly, many suggestions are included onprevention of accidents--isn't it easier to get that window screen repairedthan to rush your kitty to the vet after a bad fall?--Jill Lightner ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for at home pet care
This is a great book for at home emergency care for your dog or cat. It also has a lot of good home remedies that you can use. It doesn't go quite as deep as I would like for it too, but it has been very useful for us.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
A must have for a great pet owner.A go-to book that can save your furry family member's life!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This book is a wonderful reference tool! I have 3 cats and a dog and it has been a big help..I highly recommend this book if you are a dog or cat owner.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
This was not at all what I expected it to be.I was hoping for something much more detailed.This book gives very general information and basically says to go to a veterinarian on every page.The book barely skims the surface of injuries or illnesses and provides VERY BASIC information tot he reader and in the end says to go to the vet.

I did find the bandaging pages somewhat useful but when looking up something like 'ring worm' and all you get is one sentence!

I am very disappointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars The First Aid Companion For Dogs & Cats (Prevention Pets)
I;ve had a copy of this book for about six years. I may not know where i have put certain things in my house but i KNOW where this book is at all times. I credit this book for saving the life of one of my dogs who jumped on the counter and took 7 pills meant for one of my other dogs at 3:00am. This is my bible, so i bought two more books one for my daughter and one for my son. They love the book. ... Read more

15. First Aid for the® Wards: Fourth Edition (First Aid Series)
by Tao Le, Vikas Bhushan, Julia Skapik
Paperback: 556 Pages (2008-10-02)
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Asin: 0071597964
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The perfect primer for the core clerkships written by students who excelled!

Don't begin third year medical school without reading this book! Written by students for students, this high-yield guide helps you move smoothly from the classroom to the wards. Thoroughly revised and updated, this comprehensive book explains what to expect in each required rotation and includes sample notes and reports, key facts, formulas, and protocols, and answers to "pimp questions" you will be asked on rounds.

  • Student-to-student advice on everything from what to wear to how to impress the attending physician
  • Know what to expect in every core rotation: medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, psychiatry, and emergency medicine
  • Advice on presenting cases to attendings
  • How-to guides for common procedures
  • High-yield facts on the diagnosis and treatment of common diseases
  • Sample patient notes, clipboard and note-card patient templates
  • Updated student ratings of popular clinical handbooks, reviews, and texts
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good For the Abbreviations
When you are on the wards the SOAP notes and Progress Notes have many abbreviations.This book was helpful in teaching some common abbreviations used on the floor.The book also gave some general information and tips that were very helpful.I recommend the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good to have
best thing about it is the review of what other books to buy in the back of it. Good to read before a clerkship starts. Certaintly not even close to complete, but I felt more confident going into clerkships and the familiar format as first aid step 1.

5-0 out of 5 stars make me a very good start as an intern
I bought this book before I enter my internship. I found this book very down to earth and practical. You can use it as an framework to guide your reading and also can use it as a guide book for your rotation in every department.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good resource, but possibly redundant
I agree with the other reviewers that when it comes time for each rotation, you probably will end up turning to more focused review books in each specialty.

On the other hand, if you are disciplined enough, this is a great quick read to do before each rotation. It'd be much harder to finish Step-up or impossible to read to Washington Guide in a weekend for internal med!The hard part is motivating yourself to sit down and work during your golden weekend!

Also, I find myself frequently getting bogged down in the nitty-gritty during each rotation and forgetting to get a big picture overview.It's great to read uptodate all the time, but the shelf exams don't really care about the most recent meta-analysis on prophylactic antibiotics for pancreatitis, for example.This is a good book to give you a quick broad-picture overview and make sure you know your basics.

I decided to write this review to give the book credit b/c right now I am doing an Emed rotation without having rotated in Peds.First aid for the wards is giving me just what I need - a QUICK reference on peds.I'm probably going to re-read the surgery part to review abdominal complaints.And maybe the ObGyn part too if I have time.

So, yes, you will get this info in other books.But it is useful.It covers 7 specialties, so even if you don't read three of the sections, you're paying about 10 dollars per specialty.It's up to you if that's worth it.

Oh yeah, other nice perks that I haven't found elsewhere are their "ward tips" sections for each specialty - it tell you the general structure, what attendings expect, etc.Also, at the end it has a database of references/books.This is similar to the back part of First aid for USMLE I.I found it useful to see what other books are out there and how they are rated.

2-0 out of 5 stars I'd save the money for other titles.
I didnt find this book very useful. You'll end up needing to buy the individual books for each rotation, so i'd save the cash and buy those instead. This book really dosent contain much that those dont. I went out and bought it at the start of rotations, looked at it briefly, and shelfed it. There just isnt time to use multiple sources to study. I'd recomend a specific book like Step up or Blueprints for each rotation along with a question book like MKSAP. ... Read more

16. Wilderness Medicine, Beyond First Aid, 5th Edition
by William Forgey
Paperback: 256 Pages (1999-09-01)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$8.97
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Asin: 076270490X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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You and your group are on the adventure of a lifetime, far from civilization, surrounded by wilderness. Someone gets hurt or sick. What do you do? With Dr. William Forgey's comprehensive Wilderness Medicine: Beyond First Aid in hand, you can recognize, assess, and treat many kinds of medical emergencies. This illustrated text is essential reading for anyone from trip leaders, guides, and search and rescue groups to EMTs, paramedics, and physicians who must provide immediate care when access to a medical facility is difficult or impossible.Learn how to survey, assess, and stabilize the victim and the medical situation, what questions to ask to gain necessary vital information, how to manage physical symptoms as well as care for wounds and orthopedic injuries and much more. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Decent, Basic
Decent basic introduction. Nothing special, but is decently written.Do not recommend as a substitute for a wilderness first aid course, but will complement nicely. Item arrived when stated, and in stated condition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Much of what I wanted to know
Actually I'd give it a 4.5.I am an average lay person, who lives in the south.I wanted to read about wilderness medicine so I would know how to treat my family and friends after a natural disaster like a hurricane, when help was NOT on the way.I've created a trauma bag (heavy military Mollie backpack) and begun to load it with many of the drugs and tools the book recommends.I had no idea how expense bandages are.But at the end of the day, I think this book provided exactly what it was setting out for.To give expedition leaders a reference point to administer medicine in the field.I know it sounds corny, but I actually want to go to a Wilderness First Responder course while I am on vacation this year.

4-0 out of 5 stars Thanks you Insurance Lobbyist and Corporate Persons.
Thanks to you, I felt compelled to buy this book and also Medicine for the Back Country.

I also went on the internet and downloaded the free pdfs of: "Backwoods Surgery (from 1910)", "When there are no Doctors" and "When there are no Dentists". I know, I know, those last two are for poverty stricken 3rd world countries. But.....uhhhh... I hate to break it to you charlie, but yeah, that's us now.

Congratulations to the small government Republicans and Corporate Person-hood boosters. Between you, you've obliterated the middle class. You let insurance company shareholders decide which poor "subscriber" gets what level of medical care through their insurance carriers. You allowed insurance companies (in the name of profit) to hamstring the good doctors with crushing paperwork; requiring that each type of insurance be filed distinctly and separately, so they end up hiring so much clerical staff that clerks outnumber medical personnel 2 to 1. And the cost for paying those clerks to file insurance paperwork gets passed on to the now massively underemployed and "under-insured" public. As for the bad doctors, you let them scam the system over-charging for tests, procedures, medicines we never needed in the first place. You let drug companies and their lobbyist buy off the good graces of...well, just about everybody other than the poor saps who end up taking their poison, whether they needed in the first place or not.

Doctors who stop accepting insurance for office visits and check-ups charge, on the average $30 to $40 dollars per visit. That, most people could afford, even without insurance. But nobody can afford insurance; unless you're soulless enough to work for an insurance company or for the government who seems intent on keeping them in business or for the drug companies.

So, given that someone I know will almost certainly become sick or injured at some point in the future and given that most of them either no longer have insurance or won't be able to afford the emergency room, I'll probably be the one they turn to because they've made it clear that they trust me because they think I'm "good at this sort of thing".

For all you Republican bastards and Libertarians/Anarchists who think that people should stop their whiny reliance on "Big Government" and take sole responsibility for their own family/health care/life, well, you are getting your wish. Unless you have a massive bank account or exceptional luck you are now in line to taste the bitter fruit of your twisted world view. And when you end up sick don't come crawling in my direction. I never took the Hippocratic Oath.

4-0 out of 5 stars wilderness meds
Very interesting book.A little scary thinking about being on your own but if it gets to that this book will prove very useful

5-0 out of 5 stars wilderness medicine bookgreat read
good book to have for home as well .. received in good condition .. would buy from this seller again .. ... Read more

17. ACEP First Aid Manual, 3rd Edition
by DK Publishing
Paperback: 288 Pages (2010-02-15)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$9.03
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Asin: 075664982X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Showing you how to treat someone suffering from over 100 medical conditions and injuries, whether a minor burn or a heart attack, this latest edition of the best-selling American College of Emergency Physicians First Aid Manual gives you the knowledge you need instantly if someone becomes ill or gets hurt. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best first aid book to have handy in the house!
This one has the best collection of first aid instructions and photos for home use.

5-0 out of 5 stars ACEP First Aid Manual - great graphics
bought this manual after reviewing several at the local library. By far this one has the most easy to read graphics/pictures. Also wanted something very comprehensive if there should be an earthquake and somebody suffers a severe injury AND we are on our own for several days.
Right now this manual is stored with my other earthquake supplies.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great home reference
The kids can easily follow the step by step directions, photos, and standard scenarios.The book covers every malady except those that requires hospitalization or surgery.I keep a copy in my library and one in my emergency earthquake bag.

5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive First Aid Manual with Separate Section for Emergency First Aid
Apparently, the ACEP made improvements over the Second Edition by including a separate section entitled "Emergency First Aid" in this new Third Edition.This section is located in chapter 13, which is at the end of the manual.It was created to be referred to quickly during an actual life-threatening emergency.It is clear and concise, with excellent photos.As a result, this ACEP Third Edition is a useful reference to use in "dire emergencies," as well as other less serious emergencies.

Catherine Rucker, EMT-1

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely well executed
This book really does a great job of organizing and conveying information to the lay-person.It has a couple short introductory chapters that are meant to be read before the need to treat anyone arises, to give you a quick overview of how to approach emergencies.Most of the rest of the book is about diagnosing and treating people, and is organized into groups the average person can understand.This part is designed to be referenced as you're helping someone.The categories names are printed down the left edge of each page, and the page edges are colored, so you can just flip with your thumb and find what you're looking for very quickly.The specific conditions are written down the right edge.

The categories are
- Respiratory problems
- Wounds and Circulation
- Bone, Joint, and Muscle Injuries
- Nervous system problems
- Effects of heat and cold
- Foreign Objects, Poisoning, Bites and Stings
- Medical Conditions (illnesses)

For each condition, there are bullet points for diagnosing it, what your goals are in providing first aid for it, and things to avoid doing.This gets you the important information quickly without getting bogged down.Then there are simple numbered steps for treating the person, along with lots of good illustrative pictures as needed.Each condition also has a short paragraph or two explaining the hows and whys.When providing first-aid for someone, you'd probably skip over this and on to treatment (easy to do since treatment steps are bolded), and then come back and read it once things are somewhat under control.It gives a little more detail about what causes the problem and what the main risks are.

Next is a chapter on techniques and equipment, which covers what you should have in your first aid kit and how to use it.This is another good chapter to read in advance, but it can also be referenced quickly if needed. Last is a chapter on Emergency First Aid, which serves as an even-quicker reference for the most common serious conditions.By placing it at the back, it will be the first section people come across when flipping through with their thumb.

It's too bad this book doesn't have the 'Look Inside' option, because it's hard to get across how extremely well organized it is.It covers lots of info but it's easy to follow, and you can get just the right level of information quickly so you can help someone in a hurry.Kudos to the publisher because writing an easy to follow, well organized manual on any topic is really hard. ... Read more

18. First Aid for the Anesthesiology Boards (FIRST AID Specialty Boards)
by Himani Bhatt, Karlyn Powell, Dominique Jean
Paperback: 454 Pages (2010-07-22)
list price: US$74.95 -- used & new: US$62.33
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Asin: 0071471782
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Turn to the proven First Aid formula to help you ace the Anesthesia Boards


Written by a team of residents from St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, this is a high-yield “insider's guide” to success on the anesthesia boards and in-service exams. The books presents quick, frequently-tested, high-yield facts based on the most recently administered exams. You will find this great for initial and last minute exam review and anesthesiologists will find it valuable as a refresher before recertification.


  • A complete one-stop review for in-service, written, and oral boards
  • Quick, high-yield facts review the most frequently tested topics
  • Mnemonics make learning and memorization fast, fun, and easy
  • Margin notes reinforce must-know information
  • Covers all the subspecialties, including pediatric, obstetric, cardiac, and thoracic anesthesiology
  • Reviews the most common oral board topics
  • Great as a refresher for recertification

The High-Yield Content You Need to Ace the Anesthesia Boards:
Introduction: How to Succeed on the Boards,Section 1: The Fundamentals of Anesthetic Management:Anesthetic Pharmacology,Physiology and Anesthesia,Preoperative Evaluation,Monitoring and Equipment,Techniques for General Anesthesia,Techniques for Regional Anesthesia,PACU,Section 2: Anesthesia for the Subspecialties:Pediatric Anesthesia,Obstetric Anesthesia,Cardiac Anesthesia,Thoracic Anesthesia,Vascular Anesthesia,Neurosurgical Anesthesia,Anesthesia for Trauma,Critical Care,Pain,Anesthesia for Ophthalmic and ENT Surgeries,Anesthesia for GU Surgery,Anesthesia for Patients with Liver Disease,Anesthesia for Patients with Endocrine Disease,Anesthesia for Transplantation,Anesthesia for Laparoscopic Surgery,Anesthesia for Orthopaedic Surgery,Anesthesia Outside of the ER,Special Considerations for Anesthesia Practice,Section 3:Common Oral Board Topics. ... Read more

19. First Aid for the Match, Fifth Edition (First Aid Series)
by Tao Le, Vikas Bhushan, Christina Shenvi
Paperback: 329 Pages (2010-07-13)
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Asin: 007170289X
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Make or break advice on getting into the residency program of your choice

Written by medical students who recently completed the match process

First Aid for the Match is a insider's guide to preparing for and succeeding in the match process. The fifth edition features a new, two-color interior design, the latest statistics and advice on matching in each specialty and major sub-specialty, advice on preparing for the 4th year of medical school, and special considerations for IMGs and residents with young families. A chapter on what to do if you don't match ("the scramble") is also included. Chapters on polishing your CV and writing stellar application essays, plus tips on "wowing" them during the interview, will help you map your career path and plan appropriately for success.


  • Statistics and advice on matching in all major specialties and now--NEW!--major sub-specialties
  • Includes perspectives by residents/fellows about each sub-specialty and why/how they chose it, what their thought process was in choosing it, the attractions and challenges of the field, the future of the field, etc.
  • Application and interview tips, including expanded section on interview questions to include more questions for all interviews, as well as for each specialty. Added examples of difficult or unexpected questions and examples of good ways to think about answering certain questions and things to avoid saying
  • Exapnded section of CVs and high-impact personal statements with real examples and advice on what not to do.
  • Advice for international medical graduates and residents with young families
  • Advice on travelling to interviews, with new ideas and tips for travel/lodging, and useful websites
  • Comprehensive guide to the match and planning for match success.Although some information is available on the internet (some not reliable), this book gathers it all in one place and adds valuable insider information and advice.

The content you need to get the match you want:
The Match,Setting Up The Fourth Year,Choosing and Matching in Your Specialty,Weighing Your Options,What If I Can't Decide?;Your Specialty and the Match,Transitional-Year Program,Anesthesiology,Dermatology,Emergency Medicine,Family Practice,Internal Medicine & Medical Sub-Specialties,Med-Peds,Neurology,Neurosurgery,Obstetrics and Gynecology,Ophthalmology,Orthopaedics,Otolaryngology,Pathology,Pediatrics & Pediatric Sub-Specialties,Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,Psychiatry,Radiology,Radiation Oncology,Surgery & Surgical Sub-Specialties,Urology,IMGs and the Match Process,Getting Residency Information and Applications,The Application,The CV,The Personal Statement,Gearing Up For Interviews,Interview Day,The Rank List and Match Day,After The Match,Appendix A: Worksheets for Application Requirements,Appendix B: Program Evaluation Worksheet,Appendix C: Recommended Resources,About the Authors

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20. Aids to the Examination of the Peripheral Nervous System
by Michael O'Brien MDFRCP
Paperback: 72 Pages (2010-05-17)
list price: US$34.95 -- used & new: US$25.20
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Asin: 0702034479
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  • Published in its original form in 1943 and now in its fifth edition, this is the standard photographic guide to the examination of patients with lesions of the peripheral nerves and nerve roots.

  • It is illustrated with exceptionally clear photographs accompanied by appropriate anatomical diagrams.

  • It is ideal both as an introduction to the subject for the newcomer, but also as an aid for the experienced.

  • Suitable for medical students, physiotherapists, neurologists and doctors of all kinds.
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