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My Pharm Bible
on May 12, 2013
I struggled to find a resource to help me wade through and memorize drugs, but found it with this book. Short and to the point, it's got most of what you need for Step 1, and I can't say enough good things about the format. Perfect for absorbing rote information and helping you sort out answer choices on the exam.
I got a reasonable grip on pharm concept from courses and FA, but still found myself stumbling on pharm stuff in the qBanks (don't get me started on the dense uselessness of the Lange deck). I needed to find a resource that would let me quickly and repeatedly hammer home drug information, and this book had exactly what I was looking for. I became a believer in the Deja Review series after I found this book and bought most of the series (most are awesome, a few are bad).
The key here is to not over-utilize this book, and to recognize it for what it is. It is a way to help you rote memorize drugs, mechanisms, side effects, etc. But it is not a text designed to help you understand pharmacology or drugs.
So, if you find yourself struggling with concepts, this book is probably not for you. If you find yourself struggling with the drugs themselves, you've just found what you're looking for.