Books to read for AIPGE
Date: Wednesday, June 02 @ 12:09:01 IST
Topic: AIPGE

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You will be wondering what books to use for preps. Here?s the whole list that I used. This might be a little too much for you, but I?m of the kind who likes having a lot of books around me.

1. Anatomy

a. Dutta (I would recommend this as the basic text book)

b. Chaurasia (Easy for remembering the relations using simple diagrams)

c. Keith L. Moore (Is extremely helpful in learning hard topics like the sole, and Head & Neck.

d. Neuroanatomy (IB Singh > Dutta. Again, very useful if you can read topics like Hypothalamus, Cerebellum, blood supply to brain from both)

e. Embryology (IB Singh > Dutta. I found both useful and Dutta has great General Embryology discussion.)

f. SARP ? (useful for Osteology, Arthrology)

g. Osteology and Histology ? only for Reference

2. Physiology

a. Ganong (Read through Ganong and do the question on the back)

b. Guyton (Great reference book to have. CVS is excellent and CNS/Muscle & Nerve topics might provide some tough references)

3. Biochemistry

a. Harper (Read through the regular sections and try to go through the last 200 pages. Those topics have been regularly asked in the last 2 years of AIPGE and AIIMS)

b. Vasudevan and Sreekumari (Very useful if you find Biochemistry difficult)

c. Chaudhary (For those hard question references)

4. Pharmacology

a. Tripathi (Read through. Just about everything is important. Try to add your own points from other texts such as Harrison etc. into this)

b. Tumor SARP (Chemotherapeutic agents)

c. Harrison Charts (Adverse Reactions pages 431 onwards in 15th Edition)

d. Pharmacology SARP is useful.

5. Pathology

a. Robbins (almost read through. Must read topics are General Pathology, CVS, CNS, Kidney, Muscle and Nerve)

b. Harrison (for the final word in pathology)

6. Microbiology

a. Ananthanarayanan (read through and give special importance to Virology, Mycology)

b. SARP is extremely useful here.

c. Harrison (final reference, great charts on offer in the last 100 pages in Infectious Disease topic)

7. Forensic Medicine

a. Naryana Reddy (mainly for reference)

b. SARP (very useful, especially in Toxicology and Identification)

8. Preventive and Social Medicine

a. Park (Almost read through)

b. RxPG SPM Buster (is useful, but has a lot of mistakes)

9. Psychiatry

a. Neeraj Ahuja (read selectively with stress on Psychopharmacology and substance abuse)

b. SARP series SARP (Essential)

c. Sure Success SARP (It?s even better than the original!)

10. Anesthesia

a. Lee (A truly wonderful book. If you have the time read it selectively. It will improve your knowledge in many subjects.)

b. SARP Original

c. Sure Success SARP

11. Radiology

a. Sutton (only for reference)

b. SARP (essential)

c. Sure Success SARP (must-read)

12. Skin

a. Pavithran (very good book)

b. Harrison (Skin topics are very good)


d. Sure Success SARP

13. ENT

a. Dhingra (read selectively with importance to Larynx)

b. Sure Success ENT & Ophthalmology book is very useful

14. Ophthalmology

a. Khurana (must read)

b. Parson (for reference)

c. Sure Success ENT & Ophthalmology

15. Orthopedics

a. Maheshwari (for reading)

b. Natarajan (for a bit of reference)

16. Surgery

a. Bailey and Love (very useful to read but has a lot of contradictions within itself and with other text books

b. Surgery SARP (very useful)

c. Manipal Manual of Surgery

d. Das (both Clinical and Short Cases)

17. Medicine

a. Harrison (ultimate Bible)

b. CMDT (very useful and concise. Essential for the latest protocols in most subjects)

18. Pediatrics

a. OP Ghai (for selective reading. Don?t ever miss out on Metabolic diseases)

b. Nelson (for reference)

c. Pediatrics SARP (very informative)

19. Obstetrics

a. Dutta (another great book. Selective reading)

b. O&G Buster (is okay)

20. Gynecology

a. Shaw?s (Great book, selective reading with emphasis on Tumors)

b. O&G Buster (is okay)

Other books which are extremely useful

Tyagi Vidyarthi (AIPGE)
Mudit Khanna
Ashish Gupta (AIIMS)
Sure Success for Medical PG Entrance 2nd edition
Tumor SARP
Stedmann?s Medical Dictionary (*most of the toughest references come from this)
Pre PG Medicine Handbook by Raj & Sulfi
RxPG Biostatistics - A good statistics book

I would like to clarify that I am of the opinion that most of these solved question papers from previous years have some mistakes in them. Some of the explanations are very absurd sounding. I have always backed myself and our reference books when it comes to such questions. I really think that if you have a sound reference against the answer given in the guide, you might be the one who is actually correct. So back yourself until you find something to really back up the guide.

Author Name: Dr. Kay City: Thiruvananthapuram College of Graduation: Medical College, Trivandrum AIPGE Rank: 24

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