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First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2012 (First Aid USMLE) [Paperback]

Tao Le , Vikas Bhushan , Jeffrey Hofmann
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December 19, 2011 0071776362 978-0071776363 22

Turn to the world’s bestselling medical review book for the most thorough and up-to-date USMLE preparation possible – now in FULL COLOR

First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 delivers exactly what you need to ace the exam: More than 1200 frequently tested facts and mnemonics that provide a complete framework for your USMLE review.

  • Conveniently organized by organ system and general principles
  • 125+ full-color clinical photographs integrated throughout the text
  • Hundreds of full color illustrations complement the text and improve retention
  • Rapid-review section for last-minute cramming
  • Detailed test-taking strategies to help you maximize your study time • Hundreds of student-recommended USMLE Step 1 review resources

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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.

Product Details

  • Series: First Aid USMLE
  • Paperback: 680 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical; 22 edition (December 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071776362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071776363
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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156 of 161 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lazy, full of mistakes, but now in color April 3, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It is incomprehensible that a review book that simply summarizes other books, that changes so very little of its material every year, can have SO many mistakes. Seriously, do a search for First Aid Errata and you'll see the pdf with all the errors. It's put out by the same folks; they offer $10 for writing in with an error. It's 10 pages long, about 20 errors listed per page, just for the 2012 edition. I'm no math whiz, but that's like 2 grand worth of payouts. How about you pay the same for someone to actually READ the book before you publish it? There was a similarly long errata pdf last year for the 2011, so either they're not correcting old errors or they're managing to screw up whole new things. Who is editing these things? I mean, it's pretty much the same exact book every year!

Yes, they've gone to color. And that is appreciated. But giving someone stars for including color diagrams is, well, lame. This is 2012. Color has been around in print for some time now. They've even got it in movies, I hear.

And they even managed to screw up the colors! Green for inhibitory, red for stimulatory. Really? Someone's been taking too much Ethambutol.

First Aid is like the fat, lazy General Motors of the 70's. Consider themselves the Standard of the World, too complacent to fix their problems, much less improve their product (with the exception of this year's big move to color - Now you're on the trolley!). And everyone uses them because that's what the old folks used.

Where are you, Japanese First Aid?

EDIT/UPDATE: Holy cow. The Errata has errata. Seriously. They have updated the long list of mistakes to acknowledge that the previous list of mistakes has mistaken mistakes. There...there are no words...
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrendous. May 29, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What was formerly a useful board review book has been crippled by the amount of idiotic errors it contains. If you spend hundreds of hours studying for a test, you would like your review book to be a trustworthy source of information. Because of the amount wrong information in first aid, I now second guess everything I don't understand in the book and have to spend time going to secondary sources to verify.

Factual errors are everywhere, whole pictures are mislabeled, formatting problems are common, and none of the editors know how to spell. The supplemental errata they provide is currently 14 pages (and counting) and contains over 250 corrections. Despite their corrections, I've still found errors. Even the errata itself contains errors. They've released subsequent erratas correcting the errors in the previous errata. Either the people compiling the book are idiots or just completely careless because I don't know how else you make some of these errors without trying to. For instance, the 2011 first aid has an error for the drug Clindamycin. It is corrected in the 2011 Errata. The error is still there in the 2012 edition (208 - inhibits translocation not peptidyltransfer). Apparently, the editors don't even check their own errata when producing the new book. Other errors show no understanding of the basic concepts being presented. For example, the picture of the porto-systemic anastomoses (pg 341) has the portal vein running to the IVC (instead of the liver) and all the arrows depicting blood flow are facing the wrong direction. The drawing is right in the 2010 version, so it appears whoever is responsible for the updated drawing had very little understanding of the anatomy they were trying to depict.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Colorful update, Missing Sections February 1, 2012
Format:Paperback
I have owned and used both 2010 and 2011 First Aid. This edition adds color headings, puts images with text, and spreads out the formatting. Overall, this is a great change.

However, because they so drastically changed the formatting, and seem to have little editorial oversight, they managed to omit entire subsections. While some sections, such as "Reportable Disease" may be ommitted for being too low yield, others such as the drug Hexamethonium, the Measures to Treat Risk Factors, etc., are missing entirely. Many of these items are listed in the index (perhaps even BOLDED), but lo and behold they are missing on the actual pages. I have finished studying about 20% of the book to a high level, and have found 10+ instances of this.

Not really a problem if you have a 2010/11, or use Doctors in Training/Kaplan as you can just annotate in. But, I think this is just such a sloppy way to make a book (combined with the thin, smeary paper everyone else has mentioned), that I lower it from 5 to 3 stars. Having various errata is fine; entire deletions are not.

Not a deal-breaker, and I would buy it over 2010/11, but just make sure you annotate b/c this book is just straight up missing stuff it says it contains.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By RAA
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Read all the other reviews that mention how many corrections there are in this book. It's just unbelievable how they can even print this book when it's the same mistakes year after year. First Aid is a disgrace and the fact that they are so complacent and just plain lazy when it comes to something as important as the USMLE should be criminal. What really pisses me off is that they're well aware of how poor their text is, but they just don't care as long as they're still making money. The authors should be ashamed, I don't have any respect for any of them.

I will make sure to tell as many people as possible about how terrible this book is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Grateful to Amazon
After 6 months On my shelf Amazon accepted my return!! I was surprised. I happily bought the 2013 version and I liked it much better!
Published 28 days ago by fitEthio
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of Step 1
This is a must have book if you want to pass Step 1. None of the other books out there really compare to First Aid.
Published 1 month ago by Christy
4.0 out of 5 stars Boom goes the Step Prep
A great tool for the big test. New versions are most likely better tailored for the test this year. It helped me get a score in the range commonly seen in my eventual specialty of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gio Ash
5.0 out of 5 stars essential for boards and general review
you need this book for the boards its that simple, but i always recommend buying the latest addition for when you study
Published 3 months ago by Osman Ghani Chaudhry
4.0 out of 5 stars Your go to book for Step 1
All US medical students know that this should be your primary source for step 1. It is frustrating that there are still errors in this book after so many editions. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mtp401
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for review
Great for step 1 review. I wish I had bought it sooner in my when we started doing organ system courses. I would have had ample time organizing the material better in my own mind.
Published 4 months ago by Rose Ngishu
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! Just DO NOT GET 2012
What ever you do, do not get a 2012 version, any version before or after but not 2012. It has a load of errors. the published errata is 28 pages long! Other years have less errors.
Published 4 months ago by Nayef A.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of errors
Lots of errors but essential to taking the test, buy a newer edition. They do have updates on the website
Published 7 months ago by MrSourdough
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST
This book is a must for USMLE Step 1 preparation. It is the best written review book that I have ever come across. Incredibly concise.
Published 9 months ago by Samal Jakobsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I got this book to supplement my medical school material and to help start to review for Step 1 of my boards, and it's been a very helpful tool so far! Glad I bought it!
Published 10 months ago by Jenna
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