Must Have Books for PA School

A Listmania! list by Rhincephalon
The list author says: "There are so many books that PA programs want you to buy, and even more that people will recommend, and none of them are cheap! It's easy to go broke on textbooks alone, not to mention tuition! What does one do? Well, for what it's worth, here are my suggestions. I preface this list by saying that every PA program is different, so my recommendations might not be good for your particular program, but during my 27 months in PA school, these were the books that I found most helpful. I tried to limit the list to the 'bare bones' for those trying to save cash and navigate PA school as cheaply as possible!"
Getting Into the Physician Assistant School of Your Choice
1.  Getting Into the Physician Assistant School of Your Choice by Andrew Rodican
The list author says:
  "FOR APPLICANTS looking for a guide to help you wade through the application process - this is the book to have!"
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The Anatomy Coloring Book
2.  The Anatomy Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit
The list author says:
  "ONCE YOU'RE IN/BEFORE YOU BEGIN: It might not be a bad idea to get this book and color through some of the plates over summer before you start PA school. Just going through all of the muscles would be a huge help. You'll already be familiar with some of the information and will have a ready study tool at your disposal which will make life a little less stressful during the first semester."
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Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 17th Edition (Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine (Single Vol.))
3.  Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 17th Edition (Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine (Single Vol.)) by Eugene Braunwald
The list author says:
  "MEDICINE: This has everything you need to know for clinical medicine and pathophysiology. It is fabulous. If you could only buy one book for PA school, this would be it.

NOTE: Be sure to buy the 2-volume set instead of the single book, which is quite large! The 2-volume set is much easier to read because of its smaller binding and is also a lot more portable because of its smaller size."
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BRS Gross Anatomy (Board Review Series)
4.  BRS Gross Anatomy (Board Review Series) by Kyung Won Chung
The list author says:
  "GROSS ANATOMY: Don't buy whatever is the recommend text for your anatomy course. This is the only book you need to get through the course. I think our professors lectured straight from this text during class. This book is worth its weight in gold!"
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Atlas of Human Anatomy, 4th Edition (Netter Basic Science)
5.  Atlas of Human Anatomy, 4th Edition (Netter Basic Science) by Frank H. Netter MD
The list author says:
  "GROSS ANATOMY: I actually didn't find this book all that helpful for our anatomy course. The cadavers looked nothing like Netter's cartoons, so it really didn't help me to identify structures in lab. However, this book was extremely beneficial to me while studying at home to help me remember where/what different structures were. It was also great for review before surgical cases."
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Physical Examination & Health Assessment, 5e (Jarvis, Physical Examination & Health Assessment)
6.  Physical Examination & Health Assessment, 5e (Jarvis, Physical Examination & Health Assessment) by Carolyn Jarvis
The list author says:
  "PHYSICAL DIAGNOSIS: Just because the book was written with nursing students in mind doesn't mean the rest of us can't use this excellent text. We were required to get Bates, but I didn't like it one bit. This book has most everything that Bates has but is much better organized and is much easier to understand. Mosby's could be good too, but I haven't used it."
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Pharmacology for Nursing Care, 6e
7.  Pharmacology for Nursing Care, 6e by Richard A. Lehne
The list author says:
  "PHARMACOLOGY: Again just because it says "For Nursing Care" doesn't mean that everyone shouldn't get this incredible book. This is not only best the pharm book out there, it is also the most well written textbook I have ever owned on any subject! The pharm is all there and the patho sections included with each chapter are also fabulous. After Harrison's, this is my next favorite text of PA school."
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The Only EKG Book You'll Ever Need (Board Review)
8.  The Only EKG Book You'll Ever Need (Board Review) by Malcolm S. Thaler
The list author says:
  "EKGs: I haven't actually gotten this book yet. We were required to get Dubin's "Rapid Interpretation" book. I learned EKGs from it but I'm not a huge fan. From the reviews on Amazon, this is the better book. I plan on dumping Dubin and replacing it with this one for my book shelf."
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Surgical Recall, 4e - Print & Audio Package
9.  Surgical Recall, 4e - Print & Audio Package by Lorne H. Blackbourne
The list author says:
  "MEDICINE/CLINICALS: Just because it says "Surgical Recall" doesn't mean it's just for surgery. I wish I would have known about this book during my first year. It's a great all around study tool - a book of flash cards that provides a great review before tests AND your surgery rotations. Use it to review critical facts before cases so that you can shine when pimped during the procedure!"
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Boards and Wards: A Review for USMLE Steps 2&3 (Boards and Wards Series)
10.  Boards and Wards: A Review for USMLE Steps 2&3 (Boards and Wards Series) by Brad Spellberg
The list author says:
  "MEDICINE/CLINICALS: A great book that I used to review for tests while on rotations. I would often read this resource while my attending was charting or surfing the net. I carried it in my shoulder bag almost every day of rotations. I love the color photographs. I will also use this book for board review - hence its title!"
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Family Medicine: Ambulatory Care and Prevention, Fifth Edition (LANGE Clinical Medicine)
11.  Family Medicine: Ambulatory Care and Prevention, Fifth Edition (LANGE Clinical Medicine) by L. Peter Schwiebert
The list author says:
  "This book is fabulous. Carry it everyday on rotations. Study from it. Learn it from cover to cover. The outline format is great. How it is arranged by presenting complaints is even better! LOVE THIS BOOK!!!"
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Maxwell Quick Medical Reference
12.  Maxwell Quick Medical Reference by Robert W. Maxwell
The list author says:
  "CLINICALS: This is the one pocket book I always carry with me in my scrub pocket or white coat. Don't leave home without it! Won't break your back and will walk you through your H&P's every time."
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Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2008 Deluxe Lab-coat Pocket Edition
13.  Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2008 Deluxe Lab-coat Pocket Edition by Steven M. Green
The list author says:
  "CLINICALS: Unless you're running epocrates or some other drug program on a PDA, you'll need this book."
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Mosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference, 8e (Mosby's Diagnostic & Laboratory Test Reference)
14.  Mosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference, 8e (Mosby's Diagnostic & Laboratory Test Reference) by Kathleen Deska Pagana PhD RN
The list author says:
  "I don't have this book... but it's always nice to have a reference for labs. This looks like another great pocket resource."
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Prestige Clinical Cardiology Stethoscope
15.  Prestige Clinical Cardiology Stethoscope by Prestige
The list author says:
  "One other thing... You don't need to buy a super expensive Littmann stethoscope for school. There's no need to waste the cash. Something like this will work just fine. If you find you need something more later on, upgrade at that time once you know more about what you need and want in a stethoscope.

And finally... DON'T BUY THE TUNING FORKS!!! Borrow them from a classmate."
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A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants
16.  A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants by Anatomical Chart Company
The list author says:
  "BOARDS: There are many board review books out there. This is the only one endorsed by the AAPA, that's why I put it on the list but all the books are very similar. This one is very good. I used it to review for exams throughout PA school."
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