A number of books have been published over the years and there are a number of good web sites that provide downloadable study materials using such search words as “MCAT Preparation”. With a little effort most of the useful sites can be located. Many of the items listed below may be difficult to find because they are older and out of print.
*ARCO MCAT Supercourse, Edited by Stefan Bosworth *The Best Test Preparation for the MCAT, The Research and Education Association *The Betz Guide: A Complete Preparation for the MCAT, Edited by Aftab Hussain *Columbia Review: Intensive Preparation for the MCAT, by Stephen Bresnick *Jump Start MCAT, by Amin, Bhusn and Le *Kaplan MCAT, by Kaplan Test Prep. *Princeton Review: Flowers and Silver MCAT, by Flowers and Silver
*MCAT Student Manual, by the AAMC *MCAT Science Sampler, by Kaplan Test Prep. (Excerpts from MCAT Prep Course Review Notesvarious years. *MCAT Practice Tests I, II, and III, by AAMC (downloadable from several web sites) *Meeting the Challenge of the MCAT: A test preparation guide. By Jackson, Evelyn, McGlinn, Shirley, and Herrold, Linda. 2002. A publication for students in the MEDPREP program at Southern Illinois University. Can be purchased through NAAHP.
Suggested Readings For Premedical Students
Full bibliographic information was not always available for the following listings, but enough information is given for you to look up availability and cost on such web sites such as Barnes and Noble (www.bn.com), Amazon.com (www.amazon.com), or the listed publisher.
2002. His example points out that physicians are human beings engaged in the care of other human beings. Laurence A.Several books are outof-print. Westport. He employs case histories. Savett is a former physician who is now a well-known premedical advisor. Dr. Auburn House. He is a strong advocate for “humanistic medicine”. posing questions. and providing
. He shares his own life and his experiences in medicine and academia. ABSOLUTE “MUST READ” FOR ALL PREMEDICAL STUDENTS: *Savett. The human side of medicine: learning what it’s like to be a patient and what it’s like to be a physician. Always check to see if the original "out of print hard copy edition" is now available in paperback form. Other books may be in the personal libraries of your premedical advisor and you may be able to borrow from them. I. CT. quoting individuals. but may be found in local libraries or through interlibrary loan.
*American Association of Higher Education. The scalpel and the silver bear. 4.. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY PREMED ADVISORS. K. The scalpel and the silver bear: the first Navajo woman surgeon combines Western medicine and traditional healing. Hermanns. J. II. (Hardback is out of print – available as a paperback in 2003 – see next) *Alvord. Lori Arviso and Van Pelt. 1999. and advancing. Women in medicine: getting in. Lori Arviso and Van Pelt. K. Thousand Oaks. growing. Vol. eds.
*Alvord.opinions and answers that define the responsibilities of physicians in their care of patients. 2000. S. BUT NOT CATEGORIZED:
The following were still relatively available and in print as of June 2006.. Seifer.. 2000. Lewis.
. Janet W. Bantam Books. Elizabeth Cohen. Elizabeth Cohen. Creating community-responsive physicians: concepts and models for service learning in medical education. Bantam Books.D. (call 415-476-7081) *Bickel.
and others. her American doctors. Farrar. and the collision of two cultures. medical students. medical changes. Routledge. Straus. The call of stories: teaching and moral imagination. Anne. Coles. Harold. The spirit catches you and you fall down: a Hmong child. (Out of print?)
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Updated by A. a psychiatrist. teaches Harvard undergraduates. 1990.CA: Sage Publications (still available in paperback at BN in 2003) *Bursztajn. 1989. Medical choices. and physicians can cope with uncertainty. Inc. Robert. and Giroux. and other graduate students the lessons we learn from listening to each other’s stories. June 2006
*Coles. Biomedical Sciences Department. *Fadiman. Houghton Mifflin Co. 1998. Gordon. families. An account of what happened when
. How patients. Dr.
and comprehensive guide to medical education in the 90’s. A series of eight clinical dramas. What can I say—a guide to visiting friends and family who are ill.R.C. S. The booklet can be ordered for $7. A. 1990. and the human condition. concise. 2000.immigrants for Southeast Asia with a sick child interacted (collided) with the U.S. The illness narratives: suffering. 2000.95 by calling 800-833-5678. Zia. Arthur. *Hashemi. Jerome. Second Opinion: Stories of intuition and choice in the changing world of medicine. (A 40page booklet published by Adventures in Caring. healing. and Fox. BMS) *Kleinman. Mastering medicine: the most current. K. Basic
. *Fox. Viking Press. NC (copy many be borrowed from A. 1995. Raleigh. Publishing. Gordon. each with humble lessons for the future physician. medical system. *Groopman.
*Verghese. *Loudon. Positive doctors in America. Spencer Books. Dr. Verghese is a physician specializing
. Using stories from her own practice. Kitchen table wisdom: stories that heal. My own country: a doctor’s story of a town and its people in the age of AIDS. 2001. a physician who specializes in caring for patients with serious or chronic illness reflects on what she has learned and how one can use those lessons in the therapeutic relationship. Berkeley Publishing. *Thomas. (Originally: “The 50 most positive…. Irvine. 1995. Canada. Lewis. 1995. Abraham.Books. Stories of illness and their meaning to patients and families. Mike. Ed. Viking Penguin. Oxford University Press. Rachel Naomi. Ltd. Western medicine: an illustrated history. 392p. Different ways in which physicians deal with patients and change. The youngest science: notes of a medicine watcher.. *Magee. 1997. ed. 2003. 368p. “ In 2003 now available from Pfizer) *Remen.
Caring for Patients from Different Cultures: Case Studies from American Hospitals *Gershenow. R. and also its impact on his personal life. Bob E. NY. The Education of the Osteopathic Physician *Jones. makes: Osteopathic medicine in the twentieth century *Jones. Howard S. *Verghese. and others. Geri-Ann. The tennis partner: A doctor’s story of friendship and loss.
. Rosemary. Well reviewed. Ed. 1998. TRAINING *Becker. The story of the author’s growing friendship with an Australian medical student. III.in infectious diseases. He writes of his experience caring for patients with AIDS in eastern Tennessee. Residents: The Perils and Promise of Educating Young Doctors *Galanti. Abraham. Harper Collins Publishers.O. David Ewing. The difference a D. Educational and Career Opportunities in Alternative Medicine. Boys in White: Student Culture in Medical School *Duncan. 1991.. 1998. 1978.
Updated by A. Melvin. 1993. Charles. June 2006
*Lyons. Perri. New York *Lyden. and Peterson. Martin . and Jinks. 1981. William R. Reforms *LeBaron. O. F. Marie L. Biomedical Sciences Department. Issues. A Not Entirely Benign Procedure *Konner. Gentle Vengeance. Lassey. H. Planning Your Career In Alternative Medicine: A Guide to Degree and Certificate Programs in Alternative Healthcare *Marion. 1988... Gentle Vengeance *LeBaron. The Intern Blues
. Charles.. Baby Doctor *Klass. The Training of Good Physicians
Suggested Reading List For Premedical Students at SMSU Page 3.. Robert. Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School *Lassey.Pima Publishing *Klass. Health Care Systems Around the World: Characteristics. Gordon. Richard Marek Pub. Dianne Boulerice. Geiger. Perri.
Basset Healthcare.*Marion. Learning to Play God: The Coming of Age of a Young Doctor *Purtilo. Patch (with Maureen Mylander). IV. Pamela.. Out of My Life and Thought *Svahn. Housecalls How We Can All Heal The World One Visit at a Time *Adams. 1991. White Coat: Becoming a Doctor at Harvard Medical *Schwitzer. Albert. Ed. Health Professional and Patient Interaction. Charlene. 2002. Amy. Patch and Jacobs. Ellen Lerner. Eds. PRACTICE *Adams. and Advancing *Breedlove. Women in Medicine: Getting in. David and Kozak. 5th Edition *Rothman. The challenges. Let me listen to your heart: Writings by medical students. and Haddad. and rewards that third year medical students discover when they put aside their textbooks and learn to share intimate moments in their patient’s lives. Robert. Gesundheit (out of print check your libraries) *Bickel. Janet. 1999. Alan. Uncharted Lines: Poems from the Journal of the American
. Growing. frustrations. Ruth B.
Insights into loss. White Coat. 1978. Gifted Hands. Healing the Wounds: A Physician Looks at his Work *Lapierre. 1988. A Piece of My Mind: A Collection of Essays from JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) *Carson. 1990. Thirty-two Doctors Describe How They Shaped Their
. Dominique. *Gerber. Peter. Written by a physician. B. psychologist. and poet. Married to their Careers: Career and Family Dilemmas in Doctors' Lives *Hartman.. David. Harold & McWilliams. Melba. Lane. How to Survive the Loss of a Love. Bloomfield. for patients and those involved in their care. the Ben Carson Story *Colgrove. David & Asbell. 1988. White Cane: The Extraordinary Odyssey of a Blind Physician *Hilfiker. Leonard. Beyond Love *Laster. 1983. Ben. Life After Medical School.Medical Association (JAMA) *Bruce Dan.
Richard & Stone. Healing from the Heart. N. C. 1988. and others. Sherwin B. *Spiro. Eds. Mehmet. Howard and others. Empathy and the Practice of Medicine. The Care of Strangers. Sherwin B. The Power of Complementary Medicine *Reynolds.Medical Careers *McPhee. *Selzer. John. Poems.
. 1993. On Doctoring: Stories. Letters to a young doctor Harcourt Brace and Co. Heirs of General Practice *Nuland. Faber and Faber 157 p. On the ledge: A doctor’s stories from the inner city. Laurence A. CT (An author-signed copy may be borrowed from A. Richard 1982. 1996. John. 2002. 1998. Westport. *Savett. Doctors *Nuland. Eds. Sherwin B. The Biography of Medicine *Oz. Gordon. The human side of medicine: learning what it’s like to be a patient and what it’s like to be a physician. Essays *Rosenberg. Auburn House. BMS) *Skolnik. How We Die *Nuland.S.
*Albom. 1997. The writer recounts the final months of his college mentor’s life during which he dealt with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (“Lou Gehrig’s disease”). Tuesdays with Morrie. An old man. In the Country of Hearts: Journeys in the Art of Medicine *Williams. Ed. Carlos.Beyond the Pill and Scalpel *Stone. Philip. The Doctor Stories *Zazove. Angela and Coulehan. his family and friends cope with a serious illness. Intoxicated by My
Updated by A. Gordon. Random House. Jack. 1984. 1992. A story about how a person. 1993. a young man. John. PATIENTS
Suggested Reading List For Premedical Students at SMSU Page 4. Mitch. *Belli. 1992.When the Phone Rings. Anatole. Blood and Bone *Broyard. Biomedical Sciences Department. My Bed Shakes: Memoirs of a Deaf Doctor V. and life’s greatest lesson.
Jon. Ed. 1998. 1994. Michael. HOSPITALS *Brody. A Leg to Stand On *Stryon. Gilda . Howard. My Year Off. Oliver. 1980. Arthur. Recovering Life After a Stroke *Miller. Ward Six and Other Stories
. Jody. It's Always Something *Rosenbaum. David. Alan. A Taste of My Own Medicine (=The Doctor) *Sacks. 1990. Reynolds. Susanna. Stories of Sickness *Chekhov. The Cancer Journals *McCrum. The Body in Question *Muksan. Ed. Robert.1990. *Frank. 1994. 1998. J. A Whole New Life *Radner. 2000. Equal Partners *Hilfiker. On Being a Doctor (poems and essays) *Lightman. Edward.Illness. 1993 Girl Interrupted *Lacombe. 1992. Anton. The Diagnosis *Lorde. Not all of us are Saints. A personal account of illness written by the former editor of the New York Times Book Review. William. Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness VI. 1984. At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness *Heymann. Articulations *Price. 1995. Hill and Wang *Kaysen. Audre.
OTHER PERSPECTIVES *Brody. or How We Almost Die. 1993. 2000. Reconstructing Illness: Studies in Pathography
. Harlan Gibbs and Ross. Bloomington. 1992. 1991. AGING *Malcom. The Call of Service: A Witness to Idealism Reprint *Hawkins. 1988. Robert. Taking Care of Our Own: A Year in the Life of a Small Hospital *Gibbs. Basic Books *Sawicki. Alan Duncan. 1996. Five Patients: The Hospital Explained. A Robert Coles Omnibus *Coles. Patrimony: A True Story IX. Stories of Sickness *Coles. 1994. Andrew. Doctors in the Movies: Boil the Water and Just Say Aah Md-Ed Press. IL *Garrett.*Crichton. *Dans. 1993. Stephen. Robert. Michael. 1997. Animal hospital VII. Lisa. 1989. First Do No Harm *Elders. From Sharecropper's Daughter to Surgeon General of the USA VIII. TOUGH DECISIONS *Belkin. Susan. Howard. Peter E. Phillip. The Medicine of ER. Joycelyn. Someday: The Story of a Mother and her Son *Roth. 1993. 1995. Anne.
Flexible Bodies: Tracking Immunity in American Culture from the Days of Polio to the Age of AIDS *Nesse.
Updated by A. June 2006
*Martin. H. The Woman in the Body: A Cultural Analysis of Reproduction *Martin. Health and Healing X. Bioethics and Human Rights *Bosk. Emily. Illness As Metaphor and AIDS and its Metaphors *Weil. 1988. B. 1994. & Williams. 1996. Biomedical Sciences Department. Gordon. Kathryn. E. Charles L. Susan. Emily. Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine *Sontag. 1991. Ethical Decisions in Medicine
. Doctor as Stories: The Narrative Structure of Medical Knowledge
Suggested Reading List For Premedical Students at SMSU Page 5.. Andrew. Eds.*Hunter. Randolph M. 1987. George C. MEDICAL ETHICS *Bandman. and Bandman. Forgive and Remember: Managing Medical Failure *Brody. 1991.
Dr. Life. an internist. Drawing The Line.W. The Corporate Transformation of Health Care: Perspectives and Implications
. Classic Cases in Medical Ethics: Accounts of Cases that Have Shaped Medical Ethics with Philosophical. *Salmon. The case he discusses became the basis for a United States Supreme Court case involving physician-assisted suicide. 1991. Ed. Doctors' Dilemmas *Gorovitz. 1994. and Ethical Choices in an American Hospital *Nechas. J. Quill. Eileen and Foley. Denise. Samuel. Warren.*Gorovitz. Death and Dignity/ Norton. What You Don't Know About How Women are Treated by the Medical Community *Pence. the ethical issues involved. Timothy E. and Company. Samuel. W. Unequal Treatment. Death. Gregory E. and Historical Background *Quill. discusses in depth the events leading to the death of one of his patients. and important aspects of the doctor-patient relationship. Legal.
HEALTH CARE ISSUES
*Castro. An Illustrated History. 1988. Your Doctor Is Not In. Ed. *Wekesser. Kenneth. Press *Ludmerer. History of Surgery *Harvey. Other Healers: Unorthodox Medicine in America *Haeger.S. C. 1995. Paul. Grumbach. The Plaque Makers *Gevitz. HISTORY *Fister. Western Medicine. Norman. to 1982. Ed. 1999. Oxford Univ. J. The Social Transformation of American Medicine XI. Understanding Health Policy: A clinical approach. K.. *Orient. This book provides a comprehensive background for understanding the history of osteopathic medical education in the U. Time to heal: American medical education from the turn of the century to the
. James. Irvine. 1997. Jeffrey. Young American Health Quackery: Collected Essays *Loudon. Health Care in America.
XII. 1994. as Osteopathic Medicine in America. Norman. 1982.O. The American Way of Health.*Star. *Gevitz. The D. J. 1994. 1994. *Bodenheimer.
The development of medicine and medical education in the U.
Updated by A. Gordon. 1985. 1994.era of managed care. Part III discusses the changes in medicine since the 1960s with the advent of Medicare and Medicaid and Managed Care. 1993. Paul. You can get into
. Biomedical Sciences Department. The Social Transformation of American Medicine
Suggested Reading List For Premedical Students at SMSU Page 6. ADMISSIONS AND “GETTING IN” *Brown. Harvey. Chiropractic in American: The History of a Medical Alternative *Rothman. 514p. Living in the Shadow of Death: Tuberculosis and the Social Experience of Illness in American History *Starr. Stuart. The Medical Messiahs. *Moore. Sanford J. 1967. Sheil. A Social History of Health Quackery in TwentiethCentury America XIII. June 2006
*Young.S. Oxford University Press.
BMS. Carol. Mark Allen and Goldstein. Mendocino Foundation for Health Education (Free copies are available to SMSU premeds from A. PreMed: Who makes it and why? Teachers College Press. Reviews on the usefulness of this
. Gordon. Baffi-Dugan continues the earlier editions edited by Bruce Corder. Tucson. Kenneth V. Mary Ann. *Goldstein. BMS) *Maguire. Medical school admission. Columbia University.medical school: letters from premeds. 1999. AZ (available for borrowing from A. Galen Press. National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions. Myrna Chandler. 2001. Ed. 1997. Font and Center Press. “Medicine” is covered in Chapter 5. Weston. MA *Iserson. Medical Professions Admission Guide: Strategy for success. Get into medical school: a guide for the perplexed. until the stash is gone) *Baffi-Dugan. 1996. 5th Ed. Dr. Gordon. Ltd.
AZ: Galen Press. 2002. Daniel B. 2nd ed. Jane B. 2002. John A. Jones. XIV. Neil A. Tucson..
Cell and Molecular Biology: *Alberts et al. and Reece. 2000. Inc.book to current applicants were cool with respect to the changes that have occurred recently. (continuous updated versions available on-line). James. These books may be too lengthy to read and study by themselves. Organismal Biology: *Campbell. 5th ed. Medical school admissions: The insider’s guide. 210p. *Zebala. TEXTBOOKS RECOMMENDED FOR MCAT PREPARATION AND REVIEW:
These are just recommendations --. It is advisable to use these texts to clarify and provide more detail when reviewing the MCAT Study Guides.
. 1999. Jones Stephanie B. Resumes and personal statements for health professionals. Cell and Molecular Biology 3rd ed or 4th ed. Garland Publishing. *Tysinger.Other reference texts with similar detail and coverage are suitable. Mustang Publishing.
Organic Chemistry. Graham and Solomons. IMPORTANT JOURNALS OF INTEREST TO PRE-MEDICAL STUDENTS AND PHYSICIANS:
These help keep physicians and the student interested in medicine abreast of issues and developments in medicine. Physics: *Young. John C.. John Wiley and Sons Organic Chemistry: *Solomons. 1999. J.M. University Physics *Cutnell.L. T. Keith F. 1995. An Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry (not currently in print) *Brown. and others. H.Biology (5th ed. Johnson. LeMay. Pardue. Inc.N.. Bursten. XV. H. J. Physics. Chemistry: The central science..
.D. Prentice-Hall *Bodner. T. and Kotz. Sears and Zemansky’s. Chemistry: An experimental science. or 6th ed. John Wiley and Sons.) Inorganic Chemistry: *Purcell. B. K.. G.W. Brooks/Cole Publishing. Organic Chemistry *McMurry.L.E. Huge D.E.
*Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Updated by A. Highlights of each issue are found online at the JAMA home page (http://jama. *New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). full text articles are available to all on line.org/) The most widely read of all medical journals.org).nejm.
. Gordon. Gives the premedical student insight as to issues of concern to physicians and how physicians thing and feel. The writing style in this medical journal should be noted by the premedical student. Reading the topic reviews offers practice in preparing for the VR section of the MCAT. Full text articles are available to subscribers. Biomedical Sciences Department. Online abstracts of the current articles in the NEJM are available at their web site (content.Page 7
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by the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions. *Kozoll.XVII. Write For Success. Harold R. Evelyn W. by the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
. and Bardo. Plan for Success: Time management for the pre-med student. Charles E. OTHER PREPARATION MATERIALS FOR APPLICANTS TO MEDICAL SCHOOL *Jackson.