The list author says: "I know how challenging it can be to come up with a good list of usmle step 1 study materials. In fact, many people are so nervous about the test that they flake out and buy an extremely expensive study course like Kaplan. I would encourage you not to do that! I used my own study course, books that I choose off the shelf, saved money that it takes to buy kaplan, and got a great score on step 1. To hopefully save you too, I am listing the books that I used. Have confidence in yourself. You can do this! Oh, in addition to these books, I would encourage that you use a question bank. My opinion is that usmleworld is better than kaplan's. Also, the three most important resources I list are rapid review pathology, BRS physiology, and first aid usmle step 1. If thats all you have time for, then do these books first and leave the others by the way side."
"Use this one to cover biochemistry (it is enough), embrology, micobiology that isn't covered in microbiology made ridiculously simple, and pharmacology (it is enough!). It should be used as a primary source and memorized cover to cover. Take it seriously because it is probably the most high-yield book on the market for usmle step 1. Don't cut the corner on this one!"
"simplifies a difficult concept. This book really covered everything that I needed for the neuro on the test. Don't get overly bogged down in details. If you are struggling with neuro, get the points in first aid down first."
"This book has questions that are very similar to step 1. It is an added bonus and you don't need to do it if you are running out of time. Only use this if you have finished a question bank (ie-usmleworld, kaplan) and can do more questions before the test."
"Again, an added bonus. I liked this book because it had more than pathology. I only advise using this after you have gone through all of the other source and done a question bank in its entirety. Questions are representative of step 1 material, though I found them to be a little less thought provoking than the real thing."