Whether you’re a student, a soon to be student or a teacher in the medical field, you’ll be buying a lot of textbooks with the most up-to-date information, studies and techniques. Perhaps you’re looking to specialise in a particular field and want to do some extra reading to gain extra knowledge to get that edge over the competition. We can all agree that whoever you are, buying medical textbooks can be pretty pricey, especially if you’re looking to invest in every book on the reading list and more besides. However, this isn’t the case if you buy from us.
Before starting a medical degree, you should get some background reading done, whether you have your reading list yet or not. An anatomy book is a good start to become familiar with the many hundreds of names and functions of the body. A medical degree isn’t easy, so any extra time you have to gain that little bit more knowledge will pay off in the long run. Stocking up on books can be pretty expensive, not to mention all the other things that come with starting university and probably moving away from home for the first time. All the hospital equipment you will need will be provided to you either in the university or the hospital placement, but you will need your own stethoscope. Your stethoscope will be with you throughout your medical career so you should pick wisely.
Littman stethoscopes are popular with doctors and nurses alike as they are of extremely high quality and come in a range of styles and colours, from paediatric, infant and adult to lightweight and electronic ones. When choosing a stethoscope, you should choose one which suits you, one which you find comfortable to wear and is of high quality. It can be expensive to buy a stethoscope but see it as investment in your future.
Once you’re into your learning, and you have done some theory and practical based lessons, DVDs and CDs can be excellent training tools, as it provides a more interactive medium, especially for those drier topics which can be tough to get through in a textbook. DVDs are a great visual medium to show procedures and decision making in real time, giving the viewer a much more real life experience. Seeing a DVD such as Trauma Care, a student can almost ‘play along’ with it putting into practice what they have learned from books and practical experience.
Medical textbooks aren’t just for the medical student, they can be used by anyone who has an interest in medicine. Nurses and other practitioners can also find the books useful, especially if they are specialising in one particular area such as paediatrics, trauma or diabetes to name but a few. Plus every medical professional should have an anatomy book as part of their collection!
It can become expensive when studying with buying books and other gadgets, especially as books can go out of date quickly as new research and practices are published, but by shopping smartly, you can save yourself a lot of money on the essentials.