Which Books Should Be Followed in 2nd Year MBBS?

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After successfully passing the first year of MBBS, these are the recommended books for the second year. 

The second year of MBBS is a 1 and a half year long term and has three semesters. The year is divided into 4 broad subjects-

Pharmacology

Pathology

Microbiology

Forensic medicine

How to study well for the second year

Understand the syllabus

It’s essential to know the syllabus during the preparation for the second year of MBBS. 

Microbiology is broadly classified into – General microbiology, immunology, systemic bacteriology, systemic bacteriology, mycology, virology and parasitology, and laboratory diagnosis. 

Pharmacology is broadly classified into – general pharmacology, autonomic pharmacology, haematinics, chemotherapy, operative drugs, and neuropsychiatric Pharmacology. 

Forensic medicine is broadly classified into personal identity and its importance, mechanical injuries, medico-legal aspects, forensic psychiatry, and toxicology 

Stick to important books 

To study well for the second year of MBBS, it’s important to stick to a few essential books. This will help you in making good notes, giving you a thorough understanding of the subject. 

Here are a few important books for these subjects-

PATHOLOGY

Textbook of Pathology by Robbins

Textbook of General Pathology by Bhende and Deodhare

Clinical Pathology by Talib

Oxford textbook of Pathology Vol. I, II & III

Pathology by Rubin and Farber

PHARMACOLOGY

Basic & Clinical Pharmacology by Katzung BG 

Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics by Satoskar RS, Bhandarkar SD 

Clinical Pharmacology by Laurence DR, Bennet PN, Brown MJ 

A Textbook of Clinical Pharmacology, a book by Roger HJ, Spector RG, Trounce 

MICROBIOLOGY

Textbook of Medical Microbiology by Rajesh Bhatia & Ichhpujani

Textbook of Medical Microbiology by Arora and Arora

Textbook of Medical Parasitology, a book by C. K. Jayaram Paniker

Mackie McCartney practical Medical Microbiology by Colle JG, Fraser AG

Principles of Bacteriology, Virology & Immunology by Topley Wilsons

Medical Mycology by Kwon – Chung

Review of Medical Microbiology by Jawetz

FORENSIC MEDICINE

The Essentials of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology a book by K.S. Narayan Reddy

Parikh’s Textbook of Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology

Russell S. Fisher & Charles S.Petty: Forensic Pathology

MBBS second year notes preparing

Make strong notes

To study well in the second year of MBBS, it is essential to make strong notes. Remember to make your own notes and not just copy and paste them from these reference books and textbooks. Use illustrations, mind maps, flow charts, diagrams, etc. to make notes which summarize the concept. Highlight the keywords, so you remember the concept well for exams. Be crisp, concise, and use acronyms and other tools to summarize the topic well. 

Pay attention to the concepts

The second year of MBBS forms the base for the years to come. It’s important to have the concepts clear and understand each and every detail of the same. Pay attention in classes, during self-study, and during practice tests to find out how well versed you are with the subject. For this, you need to use different tools for your understanding and simplify the concept in your mind

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