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    Guyton vs Costanzo

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    I am currently a pre-med student, I want to get a head start in Physio as I plan to start MD 1 in May 2010

    Guyton: 1100 Pages
    Costanze: 500 Pages

    When I look up reviews on line people say both are good, so I am wondering how can a book half the size of Guyton be as good?

    Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woofist View Post
    I am currently a pre-med student, I want to get a head start in Physio as I plan to start MD 1 in May 2010

    Guyton: 1100 Pages
    Costanze: 500 Pages

    When I look up reviews on line people say both are good, so I am wondering how can a book half the size of Guyton be as good?

    Any suggestions?
    Because Conztanzo is a REVIEW BOOK.
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    I do not mean the BRS, I mean the actual physio book by Linda Costanza,
    this one:
    Physiology Third Edition With **************.com Access (Paperback)
    I can't send links as my post count is below 20
    Just google: ISBN-10: 1416023208

    Are you sure that this book (which btw 4th edition is planned to be released tommo) is a review book (i.e requiring me to read something like Guyton first)

    Compared to Guyton and Bern and Levy (or however its spelled), I found Costanzo easy to read...

    Any comments?

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    Personally, it all depends on style. Guyton is definitely above the level that you will need in Med School - not that the concepts aren't perfectly explained, it's just very elaborate, and made for people who need all the details. I loved Guyton, and used it over Costanzo. However, I qualify this by saying 90% of my class preferred Costanzo (or something else that was more condensed and high yield). Guyton is NOT a medical physiology textbook, it is a comprehensive physiology text.

    Costanzo is a very nice, succinct book. (I assume you are talking about the textbook, not the BRS). I would recommend this to you, as It has everything you need, and is medically focused. However, since it is half the size of Guyton, you can expect it to be simpler. It will most likely be able to teach you everything you need to know, and is the favored medical school physiology book.

    My teacher loved the newest one, by Boron and Boulpappe (probably butchered the spelling) - it is very molecular, and has great diagrams, but is more on the side of Guyton than Costanzo.
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    Thank you

    Thanks, they just released 4th edition to Costanzo Book, I guess ill look into that one

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    wat abt Ganong?

    Its 720 pages & also has great reviews

    Is it better or Costanzo?

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    How should one start studying Physiology if one has never done it before?

    I feel that if I start with a smiple review book, I will miss on a lot of the important details, and if I start with a very detailed textbook I won't finish it and get lost in the details. Meaning, how does one understand what is important and what not? Unfortunately our human memories are limited...

    How do you guys know how much to learn?

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