Below are some suggestions for background reading before you arrive in Cambridge. For your information, the main subjects you will be studying in your first year are: anatomy, biochemistry and physiology, should you want to start thinking about these topics. As above, we would recommend you waiting until you arrive in Cambridge to purchase any text books.
General Medical Council guidance
- Guidance on the behaviour expected of medical students. Medical students: professional values and fitness to practise by the General Medical Council.
- Guidance on knowledge, skills and behaviours medical students learn at UK medical schools. Promoting excellence: standards for medical education and training
Consider subscribing to the Student British Medical Journal — an international monthly medical journal aimed at medical students, allowing you to keep up to date with medical research and developments.
If you have not studied A-level biology, we would recommend some background reading around the topics of human physiology and biochemistry.
Books of general interest to medicine:
- Le Fanu, James (2000)The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine ISBN: 0349112800 (Time Warner Books UK Abacus)
- Richards, P., Stockill, S., Foster, R. & Ingall, S. (2007) Learning Medicine ISBN 9780521709675 (Cambridge University Press)
- Sacks, Oliver (1986) The man who mistook his wife for a hat ISBN 0330523627 (Picador)
- Gawande, Atul (2008) Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science ISBN 1861976577 (Profile Books)
- Marsh, Henry (2014) Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery ISBN 178022592X (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
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