Books and Resources
I had an ask recently for the books I use, so I thought I’d give a bit of a run down of the ones I like. All of this is very UK leaning unfortunately.
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine - always useful for an overview. Seem that most consultants either love it or hate it. I like to use it when structuring my notes, but it doesn’t always go into all the detail I want.
Other Oxford Handbooks I’ve liked: Clinical Specialities, Foundation Programme.
Kumar & Clarke - I don’t actually use this as much as I should, but it’s good when trying to get some revision done when the computer is off. It’s usually much faster to google my query. Explains things really well though and has nice diagrams. I now have a mini version as well which I can see myself using more than the giant one.
Clinically Oriented Anatomy - my preferred resource. Others like Gray’s. COA has simpler pictures, and fewer errors.
BNF - always useful.
The ECG Made Easy - I learnt ECGs from this book. Went through meticulously and made notes. Obviously you need to practice (The ECG In Practice) and correlate clinically, but the Saturday I spent with this book was an exceedingly useful one.
Color Atlas of Histology - I like histology
Langman’s Medical Embryology - makes sense of the gobbledegook that is sodding embryology (the most dreaded lectures of each module)
Anatomy Coloring Book - for procrastination. Doesn’t really matter which one you get, the amount you actually learn from doing it is limited.
eBNF - because who uses paper copies these days anyway? I think you need a login, can’t remember how to get that.
Passmedicine - for SBA practice. Costs £22 for the whole year, and includes SJT practice questions which will be usesful come December time….
Fastbleep - really nicely written up medical notes on different conditions, with pathophysiology etc. Doesn’t have all topics, but has a LOT.
Wikipedia - it shouldn’t be, but it is, and I have no shame.
5:04 pm • 25 August 2014 • 31 notes
More detailed post-it of the corticospinal tracts, showing the two tracts and their decussation.
10:01 pm • 8 May 2014 • 16 notes
Descending tracts in the spinal cord. Descending tracts are generally motor, and are divided into pyramidal tracts (cotricospinal and corticobulbar - i.e. the voluntary ones) and extra-pyramidal (all the others).
Corticospinal tract: carries motor fibres. Has an anterior (15%) and a lateral (85%) branch. Anterior controls the axial muscles while the lateral controls limbs and skilled movements. They decussate in slightly different places, with the LCS crossing in the lower medullary pyramids, and the ACS at the spinal level they exit through.
Corticobulbar: not seen on this diagram because it doesn’t actually make it into the spinal cord. It terminates on cranial nerve motor nuclei to deal with motor functions of cranial nerves: facial expression, extra-ocular, etc.
Vestibulospinal: controls balance. It is special because it remains ipsilateral. Someone with a lesion of the vestibulospinal tract will fall (due to loss of balance control) towards the side of the lesion.
Reticulospinal: deals with reflexes. Has two branches, the pontine branch does extensor reflexes exclusively, while the medullary does both extensor and flexor. It also stays ipsilateral.
Tectospinal: another reflex type tract, that responds to visual and auditory stimuli. It is the reason that blind people can sometimes turn their head towards a flashing light without seeing it, but sensing it. Spooky.
Rubrospinal: bit vestigial in humans to be honest, most of its functions have been superseded by the corticospinal tract with which it joins in the lateral column of the spinal cord.
9:56 pm • 8 May 2014 • 71 notes
Support structures of the uterus. Weakening of any of these structures can lead to a uterovaginal prolapse.
8:01 pm • 8 May 2014 • 14 notes
I never actually let you guys know of this, but I passed my exams in February.
4:42 pm • 8 May 2014 • 5 notes
Anonymous said: Could you do one for neural development??? This topic never sticks with me!! Notochorod, neural crest, neural plate.... goes right over my head. Thanks from a worried med student.
You’re actually in luck! I used to find this topic confusing as well, and so there are already some neural development post-its!
General development of spinal cord and brain
Development of ear
If there are any other bits (e.g. eye) that you’d specifically like me to cover then let me know!
11:14 am • 6 May 2014 • 1 note
After my exam I went home and slept for a few days, and now I’m on an out placement so I don’t have access to my printer during the week. I will endeavour to post some post its at the weekend!
12:11 am • 5 March 2014
Guess who is procrastinating on her OSCE cramming by making a post it note describing how little she wants to cram? The SBA was officially the most tiring written assessment I’ve ever done. There were 100 separate cases each with one question. Each question had 5 possible answers, of which three were usually acceptable, but only one was the BEST answer.
They are devil incarnate. We all came out with banging headaches because there was so much reading.
On the bright side, in about 14 hours I’ll be done!
10:31 pm • 24 February 2014 • 6 notes