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First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2013 (First Aid USMLE) 23rd Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 249 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0071802321
ISBN-10: 0071802320
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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: 9.3 x 1.1 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
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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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 (firstaidteam.com) released a list of all the changes in 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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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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