Here is what I believe the most necessary books are to have for med school.
Let’s start with Anatomy. The Thieme atlas set, is a comprehensive anatomy atlas with everything and more you’ll want for anatomy, however, the “Color Atlas of Anatomy” by Rohen, is actual cadaver photographs, which are extremely useful come practical time. You don’t need the whole set, but I recommend it. Missing here is “Essential Clinical Anatomy” (ECA) by Moore, which I feel is a great resource as it goes through the anatomy quickly and then provides CRITICAL clinical examples and anecdotes that DO and WILL appear on your exams.
Dubins Rapid Interpretation of EKG is hands down the easiest book you will ever read, as it guides you in understanding EKG’s and then gets gradually more complex as it covers most all rhythms and abnormalities (By no means is it fully comprehensive but you learn most of what you need for medical school EKG interpretation and can build from it in the future).
The BRS series is great for quick, concise review of topics, although the practice questions are very easy, they will still aid in your knowledge and mastering of the concepts. I use the anatomy, physiology (absolutely critical to get this one), and the biochem (NOT SHOWN HERE, but also very good).
Finally, First Aid….it’s inevitable, you will need this, so get it EARLY (I wish I had gotten it sooner so I could add my own notes in the book as well for past courses). We all get this, so it’s a must have. It has the basics of what you need to know stone cold, plus SOME helpful mnemonics.
Lastly, I also recommend Pathoma, which is an on-line and book program that you purchase for either 6mo, 12mo or 21mo. This is THE best pathology review you can get (from friends who are 3rd,4th years).
I foolishly bought other textbooks as a naive first year thinking I would need them all, but truthfully, most were barely used or I disliked them. This is why I’m making this post as to what I feel has helped me tremendously and led to my understandings thus far. So I HIGHLY RECOMMEND getting everything that I mentioned. You will thank me later, trust me.