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USMLE Step 1 Secrets [Kindle Edition]

Thomas A. Brown , Sonali Shah
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Use the proven format of the best-selling Secrets SeriesTM to prepare for the USMLE Step 1. Presented as questions and answers based on clinical vignettes, USMLE Step 1 Secrets will aid you in not only retaining but understanding key information for the boards. Co-authored by Dr.Tom Brown, author of Rapid Review in Physiology, and Dr.Dave Brown, the second edition has been updated to be even more concise and ultra high-yield, while still offering a complete overview of the key topics and the top “secrets” and personal insights from the authors.
  • Utilizes a case-based approach to prepare you for the Step 1 exam.
  • Implements systems-based organization for an integrated approach.
  • Uses the Secrets Q&A format to make learning interesting and effective.
  • Uses a new Top 100 Secrets chapter as a recap of the most important information in the book to help you review quickly.
  • Incorporates 7 new chapters, including Clinical Anatomy and Pharmacology, and Toxicology to expand coverage of high-yield areas and keep you current.
  • Provides maximum information in minimal time to help fit a concise review into your busy schedule.
  • Includes a color pathology and dermatology section to enhance the clarity and understanding of key images.

Product Details

  • File Size: 11481 KB
  • Print Length: 880 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Mosby; 3 edition (August 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008WUD8GI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Supplement to First Aid September 25, 2012
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I am currently a second year medical student and have been using First Aid ever since day 1 per the recommendations of many. I recently came across this book (buying this version since the previous edition is 4 years old) and am extremely happy that I did.

This book presents information by asking you questions (most of the time related to a case) and then answering them with important information that you will need for the boards. After most sections, they either have a Summary Box or a Step 1 Secret section to help you focus in on the high-yield stuff.

The authors openly admit that this should not be your only resource. In the Preface, they even say "Start with a fresh copy of the newest edition of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1. This will be your primary resource for the USMLE Step 1. Our book is designed to supplement the information that you learn in First Aid and help you place it into clinical context through a mix of basic-concept and case-based questions."

It's a good change of pace from First Aid and reads much easier. I am definitely going to use both books as I study, but I just wish I had known about this book when I started med school last year.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Companion To First Aid November 22, 2012
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This book is a great companion to the First Aid for several reasons. First, it organizes high yield basic science principles more specifically and efficiently than the First Aid. Second, it elaborates and further explains high yield topics that are just merely listed and not explained in detail in the First Aid. What I noticed about USMLE Step 1 secrets, was that it was able to explain important details about high yield Step 1 Topics without going off on a tangent and explaining unnecessary information not frequently tested on the USMLE. Another attribute of this text is that it virtually gives a clinical vignette to every pathology or subject being discussed. This strategy is effective in helping you to recall important details that you are studying. As a result this book will help you not only to perform better on your Qbanks, but on the actual exam itself as well. My advice? Whenever you come across a topic in the First Aid that you are fuzzy on, or lack a foundation on, look up the same topic in this book. If you follow this along with a Qbank, you should be able to perform well on the Step. Best of luck to everyone!
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's a large, dense book June 7, 2013
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So I bought this book for my dedicated Step 1 study time of about 6 weeks, based on positive reviews that I've seen both here and from others. What I had thought I was getting was a short book with several key facts or commonly confused topics. However, this book is thick (over 800 pages) with small text. I used it for a few days to supplement what I had read in First Aid. However, I soon realized it is not high-yield enough for me to justify spending the time to read it. It regurgitates what is in First Aid (but doesn't have everything), and then includes cases highlighting some points. However, the cases take a while to get through, and each one only has a few important points, so I found it more time-efficient to instead spend slightly more time with First Aid and use a QBank to read through clinical case-like scenarios. Perhaps this book would be more useful through out second year when there is more time, or if you need to see information in several sources to get it down. However, during this crunch time I found it much better to stick with First Aid as my source and this book was not helpful to me as a supplement.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars USMLE STEP 1 January 1, 2013
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This book is excellent in information with an easy format to understand essential medical concepts. I would recommend this book for others studying for the USMLE.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!! November 11, 2012
Terrific supplement for USMLE Step 1 preparation with insider's tips and detailed explanations not found in any other review guide... an absolute must have. Strongly recommend for the price!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love. This. Book. August 12, 2013
By Beth B.
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I found this book the most helpful resource other than my question bank when studying for Step 1. I tell everyone! The price is great and the format is wonderful. The question and answer format make it easy to focus.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital resource for success on Step 1 April 21, 2013
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I would consider this to be an excellent resource to study for Step 1 and for your pre-clinical classes. It has the right amount of detail on the relevant pathological processes and was invaluable in highlighting exactly what I needed to focus on. I think that a copy of this book and First AID will go a long ways towards a high score on your boards.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book to use for organ systems course November 2, 2013
By Emiko
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Super useful book that I wish I knew earlier! For some reasons this book wasn't very popular in my school so I didn't know about it until we were already 2/3rd through the organ systems. Basically this book is broken down into organ systems. It will go through a bunch of the most common diseases by a detailed Q & A format. Personally I think this is the most high yield way to learn! It's just inefficient for me to read Robbins because I don't have the superhuman power to memorize every single word I read. Instead, when there's a pending question I feel that really highlight the importance of that specific information following the question. All of the diseases covered in this book are high yield although the information is probably way too detailed for the final weeks of board studying.

Use this book along with your school's organ system course and you will do great in that course and you can go back to it later when you are reviewing for the board.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good Review for Step 1
very nice book as one finish reading his majors in USMLE step 1 and want to take some parts as spots to focus on. Read more
Published 8 days ago by crispylocal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great text for wrap up.
Published 9 days ago by G
4.0 out of 5 stars Great comprehensive review! Kindle version
Easy to understand format. Great comprehensive review for step 1. It covered almost all high yield topics for step 1. Kindle version is easy to read. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Dr. DMT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Give good information and detail.
Published 17 days ago by Mish
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It was fine
Published 1 month ago by jose antonio castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Definitely recommend it!
Published 1 month ago by Javairia
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is so easy to read
This book is so easy to read, extremely helpful! It is different from most of the books out there, puts all the high-yield and frequently tested material in a Q&A format and It... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shai
2.0 out of 5 stars I recommend to buy the app/tablet/pc version
I recommend to buy the app/tablet/pc version. This book is good but is too thick. Does not open well because is too big, umcomfortable.
Published 2 months ago by inoisa
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Amazing book
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Abir
5.0 out of 5 stars All in one
My school library has an online version available to us. I really love that it ties in presentation, labs, pathology, histology, and treatment into a nice tight package for each... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sara Mathews
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