Books to use in 2nd year M.B.B.S. – Anuj Pachhel Blog post

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Hey everyone, in this blog post I’ll take you through the books that I’ve used so far in 2nd-year MBBS. Well, I was supposed to be in my 3rd year by now, but the exams are postponed until February, so I’m still your regular 2nd-year student for a long time. This has given me more time to experiment with the books that I’m reading and so I feel like this will be a list of all you need. Remember, there is no such thing as the best book for a subject, it’s up to you that the book which you can read easily and reciprocate and replicate upon being asked, is the best.

Okay so there are types of Books: 

  1. Gold Standard Books – They are big, teachers recommend them, answer writing can be difficult with them, but in the end they are what have the most information. Reading this will help you if you have a lot of time in your hands. If you find out that your exam is in 2 months, then using them is probably good only for imp topic reading. However I strongly recommend them, as all the questions that will be asked in the competitive exams will be made from them. So if you have the time. Use them along with other books.
  1. Regular Books – These are the books that most people will read for exams and they are designed for the same. Everything is pointwise and given in a way replicable in exams, but the depth of learning is not comparable to the gold standard books. I’ll give you an example : In the normal book of pharmacology KDT, it’s given that the drug furosemide is Otto-toxic in high doses. That is easy and straightforward. But in Goodman and Gillman they tell you the reason that the drug furosemide is Otto toxic is because the NaKCl ion channel is similar in the ear and the kidneys, which is the binding site of the loop diuretic. So for exams you will write that furosemide is ototoxic but the understanding in different books is different. 
  1. Review Books: they are designed to be for NEET PG or NEXT, they have the most important points from their best GS books and presented in a very organised form, the theory is very concise. They are a must for each student as they are the only books that will give you the MCQ knowledge. They have very short theory, an entire system in Pharmacology review book – Gobind Garg can be completed in less pages than a small chapter in KDT of the same unit. They will help you in building concepts and will help in writing answers, imagine them being the best of both worlds. Again, I can’t stress how important they are. Must Read them before the year ends.
  1. Resource books : They come with any online or offline subscription that you purchase, they are books cum notes as they are made to be used as note taking things from the online lectures. Personally I like to make my own notes, but sometimes they are very very useful for quick focus on the lectures if you don’t wanna take notes.
  1. Miscellaneous Books : They are used for references and can be used for reading side by side with the GS or normal books to increase permeability across the book brain barrier.

The Books! Here we go! 

  1. Pathology 

GS : Robbins and Cotran (Your Bible, My Bible) This has 3 subtypes, Big Robbins, medium & small. Use the medium if you can’t read, use the small one, but always start with the big one. The one you see in my video is the big one. It’s awesome!

Normal : Ramdas Nayak (haven’t read this one) & Harsh Mohan, this is small and concise, has more focus on disease in the Asian continent.

Review Books: Devesh Mishra (an excellent one, I use the pdf of the same), Gobind Garg and Sparsh Gupta (Awesome again) both are equally good, Mishra sir’s book is a bit more detailed. Praveen Kumar + Vandana PPuri (suggested by my friend Parth Shahani)

Miscellaneous: the Official Review of Pathology, The atlas of pathology be Netter’s.

Pathoma notes by Hussain Sattar , I use the pdf and the normal book. It’s a must have with the lecture series.

Marrow notes: lla Jain Ma’am teaches well and the notes derived from her lectures are good too.

Haematology: I use the book Kawthalkar, it’s very detailed and not for everyone. Use Robbins and that should work too. 

Practical Book: Harsh Mohan, has all the procedures and techniques given nicely in the start one, and there is a separate practical book that is used which is also awesome! I use the pdf of the separate book. 

  1. Microbiology

GS : Anantnarayan, most people use this one, I haven’t tried it, but from what I’ve heard it’s more paragraph wise written and the theory given is excellent. 

Almost GS /GS/ I couldn’t decide whether it’s the review book or just an awesome theory book: Apurba Shastri and Sandhya Bhatt. The best book I have read in 2nd year, I like Robbins, but I love Shashtri! It’s just that everything is in points and given so well. I use it for exams and everything

Review Book: Rachana Chaurasia and Jain. I’ve used the pdf of the same, I liked it. A lot of questions. Just the way I like it! 

Immunology & Parasitology:  Shastri and Shastri again! This is just an awesome book, immunology is integrated in the normal book and the parasite one is sold separately.

Other books: Sketchy micro Pdf and lectures are awesome, you can use, and should use them. They help in long term retention. Clinical Microbiology made ridiculously simple by Mark Gladwin (it’s awesome too) (suggested by my friend Parth Shahani)

Marrow notes made from Ma’am’s lectures are good too, I haven’t seen all the lectures but about 75% of which I have seen are great, especially as they help soften the books for your assimilation.

  1. Pharmacology 

GS – Katzung, Goodman and Gillman, both are useful if you wanna understand a lot, I personally keep them for only the super important topics which are in the list of questions appearing more frequently in the previous years.

Normal books: KD Tripathi, the best book of pharmacology for mbbs students, as said by Dr.Urvashi Pachhel when I asked her the same question. I trust her. It turned out to be awesome indeed, I also use the book Shanbagh for referring during the exam times, it is a short read and useful for preparing notes for university exams. 

Review Books: These are the Review of Pharmacology by Gobind Garg and Sparsh Gupta, but wait you feel you’ve heard their name before right? That’s because yes they have the book of pathology too, like I mentioned above, it’s amazing, I did it in SWM ep7/8. I have completed it and it helps with the concepts a lot! 

The Marrow notes made by my personal favourite teacher at morrow Dr. Ranjan sir are too good, I use them all the time 

Sketchy Pharm can be used too but I haven’t watched a lot of it,  but the ones I have watched are good! 

  1. Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

There are 3 books I use for this, can’t really classify them but here they are : 

Reddy – written in a language difficult to comprehend by the human mind of Anuj Pachhel, but many find it good, there are 2 versions of this books, the Essentials, and the synopsis, the former being the bigger version and the latter being the smaller one, kinda like big and small Robbins. 

Bardale: This is the one I use the most, understandable, loaded with so many images which are just the thing I like. My go to book for FMT, here special emphasis for Toxicology, which is written so beautifully.

Marrow notes : the ones I made while watching the 30ish lectures of marrow, they can be helpful to understand the books. 

Some other Books!
Gautam Biswas
Review of FM by Dr. Sumit Seth

  1. PSM 

The only book I use for this is K Park, as the syllabus is low in 2nd year, and will update when I’m done with 3rd year.

That concludes it all! 

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