- Series: First Aid USMLE
- Paperback: 784 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education / Medical; 3 edition (February 14, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071744029
- ISBN-13: 978-0071744027
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.1 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 985 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tao Le, MD has been writing First Aid books and preparing medical students for the boards for almost 20 years. James A. Feinstein is the lead student author on this third edition.
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So should you buy the 2015 FA if you already have 2014?
Well, that depends on when you are planning to take your test. If you are planning on taking it within a month, have a lot of notes in the 2014 edition, or just don't feel like spending another 50 bucks or so then you should stick with 2014. If your exam is a couple of months away as in the summer of 2015, then I think you should get this edition and start making notes in it. So bottom line is that if you have 2014 and if you want to get the 2015 edition for new content solely then don't, stick with 2014 because the content overall is the same. I gave this took a 5 star because it has everything 2014 had (all errors fixed) and the additional few drugs/path info that are passed from past test takers (which is what we want right!!).
One con about the new 2015, at least for me right now is that the pages are very cheaply done again (why don't they get the pages like Goljan path??). I made few lines using a Pilot G-2 pen, and I could see the lines on the other side so you might not want to use a heavily inked pen. Also, the book I have, some of the texts in the tables are a bit blurry or out of focus (this may be just in my book) so watch out for that.
Official Errata FA 2015 (http://www.firstaidteam.com/updates-and-corrections)
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.
Update: I bought a new PC with Windows 8, and this title is not compatible with Windows 8. Very inconvenient. Downgrading to 1 star.
I think the new photographs and diagrams make it definitely worthwhile to upgrade to this edition if you are taking the step 1 this year. I think the changes make certain topics a lot easier to understand and they have added a number of new facts and topics. I know I could go into more detail, but I'm going to go back to studying it.