- Paperback: 816 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 29th edition edition (December 12, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1260143678
- ISBN-13: 978-1260143676
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2019, Twenty-ninth edition Paperback – 21 December 2018
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About the Author
Tao Le, MD, MHS, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the University of Louisville. He is also affiliated with the Division of Allergy and Immunology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Vikas Bhushan, MD practices diagnostic radiology from his home-base in Los Angeles, California.
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Some new diagrams/pictures include:
1) Mutations in DNA
2) Protein synthesis
3) Autosomal trisomies
4) Ethanol metabolism
5) Immunology was restructured and it reads more logically
6) Endo vs exotoxins
7) HIV diagnosis algorithm - GREAT diagram.
8) Some additions about the immunology of cancer (v. important) - can be found in the general pathology section
9) Hematology and oncology - rearranged order plus great diagrams about hematopoiesis, pro- and anticoagulation
10) MSK - lovely diagrams about radiculopathy
11) Very nice additions to the neuro section, e.g. lower extent of spinal cord
12) Some handy photos of real-life examples of embryo pathologies
13) Illustrations on the gonadal drainage
14) GI - more histological slides and embryo photos
15) Lots of diagrams in cardio/respiratory to complement the text, e.g. blood supply of myocardium
16) Many other minor tweaks :)
Hope this helps meds students getting ready for their first licensing exams in 2019! Good luck, everyone. :)
Not only does this edition have some newer content (eg immune evasion by cancer) but also the pre-existing information has been updated and in some cases rearranged in a much more presentable way (eg, the horrible Neurocutaneous Syndromes now seem less daunting). New images (eg histology slides for the Transplant rejection reactions), charts (eg Diagnosis of HIV) and tables (eg different radiculopathies of the lower extermity) are commendable.
A minor glitch for me was that some of the pages had ink bleeds on them but that can be easily overlooked compared to the overall worth of this book. Keep up the good work FirstAidTeam!!
Still, I was optimistic that, maybe in some effort to reduce costs, the publisher would have had to lower the quality of the book itself; a sentiment that didn't last when I saw the watermark/authenticity seal common from these books was missing. Nowhere to be found.
Fortunately, another classmate happened to have this new edition, purchased out form a different retailer. I asked him if I could compare both and by doing so my fears where confirmed. Not only the thickness of the book itself was affected, but so was the quality of the cover; gone was the characteristic, grainy and resistant cover of a book meant to be used, reused and abused for study.
The pages were not of bad quality, but compared to the original it was as if most of the printed text and diagrams were blurry, giving the appearance that the ink wasn't allowed to set, or worse still, that the electronic source used for printing this material had somehow suffered from a reduced pixelation.
The rating is not lower, as it is impossible to rate lower than a single star. I have decided to return it and expect nothing less than a full refund. Being a customer for more than 10 years (and a prime member at that) I am extremely disappointed by how this turned out.