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First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2013 (First Aid USMLE) [Paperback]

by Tao Le, Vikas Bhushan
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December 17, 2012 0071802320 978-0071802321 23


  • Conveniently organized by organ system and general principles
  • 125+ color clinical photographs integrated throughout the text
  • Hundreds of full-color illustrations clarify essential concepts 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
  • Advice from students who aced the 2012 exam
  • 1200+ frequently tested facts and mnemonics
  • Hundreds of high-yield color images and diagrams throughout
  • Student ratings of more than 300 review products

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About the Author

Tao Le, MD, MHS (Louisville, KY) is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Chief, Section of Allergy and Immunology at 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 (Los Angeles, CA) is a practicing diagnostic radiologist.

Junior Editors and contributors are students at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

Product Details

  • Series: First Aid USMLE
  • Paperback: 694 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical; 23 edition (December 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071802320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071802321
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Corrected and slightly enhanced revision of 2012 December 23, 2012
By S.M.H.
So being the compulsive person that I am about purchasing books asap for my coursework and USMLE studying, my mom purchased the Kindle version of this book and gifted it to me so I would not have to wait until Jan to get it. After going through a lot of the sections, it appears that the 2012 errors I checked were corrected and some of the images were slightly improved but not all of them. Some of the info has been slightly shifted around a page or two but Embryo section is now placed within the appropriate Organ System. This is much better because I apparently had overlooked the section entirely in 2012 when studying systems due to it being a separate section. I have not been through the entire book yet. Overall, it appears to almost be exactly the same as 2012 but with corrected errors....hopefully this book will not end up having as many errata.

Kindle Edition runs terribly slow once you get past certain sections of the book. Kindle app sometimes crashes. I am using a Google Nexus 7 32GB to run. Perhaps it would have been best to get the actual book instead of wasting money on an electronic version that is sub-par.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2012 without the errata -- not many other changes January 2, 2013
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1. If you are a first or second year medical student and do not own a copy of First Aid, buy this.

2. If you are using the 2012 edition of First Aid, here are some differences to consider:

1. As far as I can tell, all of the errata from 2012 have been corrected (there were a ton of errors in 2012); but if you have went through and annotated your edition of 2012 this shouldn't matter very much
2. As one of the other reviewers mentioned, embryology has been moved to be contained with organ systems.
3. There are, as far as I can tell, no major changes in text content
a. There are additional pictures that have been added to 2013 that are not present in 2012.
b. Some of the diagrams have been redrawn with different colors and now seem to be a little more straightforward

The cover to the book also now seems to have some type of lamination so it appears that it will be more resistant to spills. There aren't any substantial changes, but if you're the type of person that likes to have the newest edition of everything (as I am) then I would go ahead and buy it.


The firstaidteam website ( released a list of all the changes in 2013.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Edition (So Far): A Cleaned Up 2012 Edition January 8, 2013
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Having just begun preparing for Step I (May 29 is the day!), I eagerly picked up the newest copy of First Aid. And by newest copy, I'm referring to the actual physical text, not the Kindle version. I've been working with the 2012 edition, but picked up the 2013 edition as I plan on doing Doctor's In Training 2013, and they require the most up-to-date text. I haven't read the book through in earnest yet, but from my quick skimmings, what I have noticed is that most of the content is very similar to the 2012 edition, except that the HUGE list of errata from the 2012 edition has been corrected. Other than that, you'll find a few picture tweaks here and there, but nothing major. I did notice the cover is made of a newer material this year, which is much hardier than previous editions, not to mention more "spill-proof."

I have since had the binding from my copy removed and the text 3-hole punched, and was relieved to find that a typical 3-hole punch will not punch out any words or graphics. Now my edition is in a nice binder, ready for annotation and adding of other material as I see fit.

If I come across any huge errors or problems with this text, I'll update my review, but as for now, I'm pleased with the updates they've made.

EDIT: I have noticed some errors as I have gone into my devoted Step I study period, but they are still much less than that of the 2012 edition. I still like the small changes they made (like incorporating embryology into each section rather than give it its own chapter) and think this is one of the better releases! Check First-Aid's website for a most up-to-date list of 2013 errata.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By P.H.

Looking at my friend's 2013 edition paperback and comparing it to 2012, there are a few confirmed errata that I noticed in 2013.

1. Renal Physiology page 483 - Should be H+/K+ transporter on the bottom left AND an H+ ATPase. [Oddly enough, the 2012 errata has this fixed).

2. Charts missing: Uncal Herniation Signs (FA2012 page 448) - they included the index marker, but nothing exists on page 448.

3. Chart removed: Differential Diagnosis of Brain Lesions (FA2012 pg. 471)

4. Circle of Willis image removed (FA2012 pg. 443) - the stroke signs are still there on the next page in FA2013 pg 422 but without an anatomical drawing it doesn't really make too much sense.

5. Various errors in insulin regulation (some changes recommended in 2012 Errata, but were "under review" - looks like they included them in 2013 anyway without reviewing them. Eg: Glut-1 receptor on pancreatic islet cells instead of Glut-2.

6. Chart Removed Hodgkin's Lymphoma (FA2012 pg. 389).

7. Complete absence of Smooth Muscle Contraction (FA2013 pg 385 - Index says it's there, but it's not. FA2012 pg. 413 has it).


For some background: I received the 2012 edition as a gift and have been using it for the past 6 months. I've fixed up most of the errata and it's serving me okay but some of my friends said the 2013 edition was improved and I should probably try that. They were talking about the paper edition of course.

I purchased this hoping that the Kindle version would run well heeding S.M.H's and Kidd34's reviews and some of the other reviews suggesting that one should stay away from the Kindle editions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant go wrong with this
Best guide you will ever use for the step 1. Definitely buy this as you prepare for your steps and you won't regret it.
Published 3 days ago by Avinash
5.0 out of 5 stars Great review!
This is an absolute must for a second year medical student! Great review of the pertinent information for USMLE step 1
Published 7 days ago by Cassie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book is really helpful for a quick memory for what you know but has forgotten...and helps you prepare for the step 1 exam
Published 8 days ago by Mzbeey
5.0 out of 5 stars Step 1
This is the best review book I have come across for Step 1. It is concise, well organized, and clear cut. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Mandeep Multani
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Good study guide as always.Well organized, easy to read info and to the point. Always a recommended study guide to have.
Published 19 days ago by RICARDO A HERNANDEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Step 1 Book You Need
This is seriously the only book you need in addition to a QBank for USMLE Step 1. I'm a very visual person and loved the updated, full-color edition.
Published 29 days ago by teamawesome
4.0 out of 5 stars Good info...
Would be a 5 star if it had some sort of comprehensive online review (practice exam). Haven't found any errors yet (but I haven't finished).
Published 1 month ago by Joshua Hiser
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely use this
I used first aid for studying and it definitely was a huge asset for my studying. Do this with pathoma, q bank and goljan and you'll be set
Published 1 month ago by Zachary A Certa
1.0 out of 5 stars the worst edition
This is one of the worst editions, they tried to present the entire chapters with new WAY!!(EX:they added the embryo section to the beginning of each organ system), also 99% of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by godfather261
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Exactly as ordered. Got to my house on time. This will be very helpful with board studying as well as reviewing for block exams
Published 1 month ago by Ian Ackers
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