Studying Medicine

My Favourite Resources (Part 1) – Textbooks

One of the commonest questions I receive is what resources I recommend when starting graduate medicine. Firstly, as annoying as it may sound, the resources that work for me, may or may not work for you because at the end of the day we all have different learning techniques. This is the first of a little series I’m doing – and I’m starting with textbooks! 


TEXTBOOKS. Some may love them, some may hate them – it really comes down to personal preference, but at the end of the day, textbooks are extremely useful and we will all have used them in the past, and if you’re studying, will no doubt use them again in the future. As you may be able to tell from the picture above, I LOVE textbooks however there is one thing that doesn’t love them quite as much as I do… my bank balance (and my bookshelf – but I can just get more of those). I use textbooks mostly around revision time but also when I’m consolidating information and trying to get a bit more detail to make sure i’m not missing anything out and fully understand a topic. They are comprehensive, (usually) organised in a logic manner and just generally really useful. As much as I love them, there are some cons…. their price of course is a big one, especially with medical textbooks! They are also often really heavy, and being short at 4ft 6, they really do feel massive at times! My favourite thing about a lot of my medical textbooks is that they come with  codes to enable portable versions, either through the Inkling App or something similar – super useful as I can just download them onto my iPad Pro!

So what are my favourite textbooks? Here are the ones I used the most during my first year of graduate entry medicine: 

  • Gray’s Basic Anatomy ( a more condensed/simplified version of Gray’s Anatomy for Students but contains surface anatomy and imaging information as well – time will tell if it will see me through second year…)
  • Gray’s Anatomy Review – essentially a book of anatomy MCQs
  • Human Physiology – Gillian Pocock
  • Lippincott Illustrated Reviews: Physiology –  By Robin R Preston and Thad E. Wilson
  • Rang and Dale’s Pharmacology
  • Pocket Tutor Surface Anatomy by Nehal Shah and Richard Tunstall

This is a perfect lead in to something really exciting I’ve been waiting to tell you! I recently contacted by a company called Perlego – they help  students save money on textbooks through its subscription service – a little like a Spotify for textbooks. I think this is a fantastic idea, as I know for a lot of people either have difficulty affording textbooks, or require too many (or are like me and become a little obsessive haha!). I had a look at their website, and I truly believe that if more people sign up and get the subscription that the website will continue to develop thus enabling them to offer more books and help more students!!

You can check out their website at: * where you can sign up for a free trial! The trial lasts 6 weeks and they have the following features:

  • More than 200000 books
  • Features include highlighting,annotating,referencing
  • Mostly academic textbooks but also books connected with concept of learning and self-improvement- we’ve got great bestsellers!

Books on Perlego that I am looking forward to reading/using are:

  • The Gastrointestinal System by Po Sing Leung
  • The Custom Made Brain by Jean-Didier Vincent, Pierre-Marie Lledo, Laurence Garey
  • Developmental Neuroscience by Susan Fahrbach
  • Reflections on the Musical Mind by Jay Schulkin

I hope you’ve found my resources useful, and I hope you also enjoy Perlego as much as I hope to! 🙂


* I receive a small incentive for each person that signs up for the free trial of Perlego 🙂

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