Best medical books according to redditors

We found 3,128 Reddit comments discussing the best medical books. We ranked the 1,619 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/Dr_Midnight · 256 pointsr/SubredditDrama

The book's title is "Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland". It's available on Amazon.

It was profiled pretty heavily back in March by several outlets, journalists, and pundits. Here's the PBS segment on it.

u/surgemd13 · 53 pointsr/CGPGrey

His descriptions of what happens in people with "split brains" is pretty accurate. It's truly fascinating what happens when you separate parts of the brain. (By far the coolest in my opinion is left-sided hemi neglect, where the patient just does not acknowledge the left side of things existed - they will shave only the right side of their face, only draw the right side of a clock, etc.)

Most of what he discussed can be found in most neuro textbooks. As far as the "who is you" part of the question, I think that's best found in the philosophy section.

If you're interested in a specific textbook, I've enjoyed (as much as one can enjoy medical school) the neuroanatomy through clinical cases book

u/Infidel8 · 52 pointsr/politics

The book Dying of Whiteness by Jonathan Metzl, the author they interrupted, is excellent. If you don't want to bother reading the whole thing, he did a good podcast with Chris Hayes where he breaks down the main points.

u/ocean_spray · 51 pointsr/todayilearned

She was hounded by the government.

I encourage everyone to read Johann Hari's book Chasing the Scream about the history of the drug war from the 1920s to the present.

He has an extended piece about Holiday and her place as a scapegoat for Harry Anslinger, head of the Bureau of Narcotics.

Here's an excerpt from the book about Holiday. If you have any interest in the drug war or history thereof, I highly recommend it.

u/aeschenkarnos · 48 pointsr/slatestarcodex

Paul Fussell, "Class".

The specific styles of dress etc are somewhat out of date however the underlying principles of human class distinction (primarily, supervision and control vs self-determination) have remained current for the last few thousand years.

Here is a discussion I found that contains a lot of quotes from "Class", and also recommends another book, Michael Lind's "The Next American Nation".

u/AwakenedToNightmare · 38 pointsr/collapse

You should check out the Better not to have been book. The general idea is that it is more beneficial to have never been born. But, suicide is so hard to accomplish - mentally and physically - that it might not be beneficial to kill yourself.

Besides there are costs involved - say I'm 24, I have finally moved out from parents, live on my own. I have never been as free in my life before. All the childhood that sucked, the school are left behind. Im finally my own person. Health wise this is one of the highest point in one's life. From 30 it's going to go on downhill. Basically this and the next decade are going to be the best time of my life. Might as well make use of it if only to compensate for the shitty early part of my life. If/when it gets bad in my 40s+ I might just opt out of this game, and no family would be great in that regard - I would always be able to leave whenever I would want.

Life is essentially about costs and benefits. Most people trudge on because the pleasure shots they get out weight the suffering and the pain of suicide. It is true for me too (for now). But I would still prefer not to have existed.

/r/antinatalism rules

u/StopCopingStartLDAR · 36 pointsr/Braincels

>be born without consent

required reading for depressedcels

u/un_internaute · 32 pointsr/Futurology

The lower and upper classes have a lot more in common with each other and not with the middle class. It's because both have nothing to lose. For the poor that's literal and for the rich they just can't lose enough for it to matter. It's interesting. For example, both value hunting and sports way more than the middle class. It's just different prey and games.

I recommend Class: A Guide Through the American Status System by Paul Fussell.

u/low_selfie_steam · 26 pointsr/news

The life expectancy for white males in America has gone down for several years in a row. Upon closer examination, it turns out the causes of death that have brought about this are "deaths of despair." Alcohol related deaths, suicide, opiate-addiction related deaths. Here's one book that has examined the problem:



This is unprecedented in a thriving society, and it is a very big deal, sociologically speaking. What I mean is, sociologists really want to understand why it's happening, so they study it. Is that wrong, to study a phenomenon that is remarkable and probably indicative of something deeply interesting and serious about our culture?


Okay, so they have been studying it, and they have found, guess what! that white males in America are in despair and they are angry. Relative to previous years and relative to other demographics. So is it wrong to study this more and try to understand *why* it's happening? And if it's not wrong to do that, why is it inaccurate or wrong to call the study "angry white men" since that's exactly what is being studied?

u/aDaneInSpain · 23 pointsr/videos

You are wrong. After the prohibition ended, the mafia did greatly diminish and murders and violent crimes from them almost dissipated entirely overnight.

Of course it will take time for the gangs to greatly diminish, but it will happen.

I recommend reading Chasing the Scream for more in-debth research on this subject.

u/RobotMugabe · 23 pointsr/philosophy

Check out David Benatar's Better Never to Have Been . Similar enough to be of interest I am sure.

u/InkSquirt · 23 pointsr/neuro

Kandel - Principles of neural science is the best by far, despite being just a little bit outdated on some areas (but so are all other textbooks in this field). Bears Neuroscience: Exploring the brain is a very easy read, goes down like yoghurt, but is far less comprehensive and not so in depth as Principles.

u/antblazer · 21 pointsr/madmen

I remember in this book they mentioned how the upper class seem to like sailing decor, especially when they are children. I wonder if MM's researchers picked up on this when doing research.

u/drtimmerman5539 · 21 pointsr/anesthesiology

Marino’s ICU Book - get the real deal and don’t buy pocket reference books.

Marino's The ICU Book: Print + Ebook with Updates (ICU Book (Marino))

u/AnyelevNokova · 20 pointsr/breakingmom

There's a great book that I recommend left and right to people - Atul Gawande's Being Mortal. It covers a huge breadth of topics regarding aging, end of life, terminal illness, cancer, hospice/palliative care, nursing homes, death, and modern medicine.
One of the recurring issues that comes up is the struggle for many doctors to effectively communicate expectations and outcomes with patients and their families. They find it challenging to have those very necessary, but difficult, conversations that basically boil down to "you have a disease that is 99% going to kill you and there's nothing more we can realistically do to extend your life without causing more suffering."We have encouraged doctors to change healthcare from a service to a conversation -- to involve patients in their care -- and it is overall a very good thing, but this has has an unintended consequence; doctors are afraid to dispense bad news. So they beat around the bush; they say, "you have stage IV renal cell carcinoma, with mets here, here, and here. What questions do you have for me?" The patient asks, "how do we treat it?" -- the doctor says, "well, we can do chemo, radiation... there are some medications, and a few clinical trials we could see if you qualify for..." (note how, at no point, the doctor says "there is no cure; this is terminal.") Time prognoses are scary (not to mention a potential liability!), so we tell them to try to avoid them - so we don't tell the patient they are likely going to be dead less than 3 months from now. The family member interjects that they want "everything possible" done to save their loved one, accompanied by printouts of google searches and random crap they found online. The doctor entertains this, even though they know it won't do anything - again, they're afraid to tell the patient no, this random experimental treatment or drug you're requesting isn't going to save your life, and you're still going to die.
So when the patient with stage IV cancer declines and winds up in the hospital, and all signs begin to point towards impending imminent death, the family is shocked, horrified, but most of all surprised. "I didn't expect her to die so fast", posted one of my facebook acquaintances after her mother rapidly declined; they had been on the "pray the terminal cancer away" and "we're waiting to get her into an experimental treatment, if her numbers improve juuuust a little bit!" denial train.
There was a study not too long ago that found that most patients with end-stage cancer didn't evaluate themselves as terminal. We see facebook walls filled with people posting about their loved ones or even themselves - I have stage 3, stage 4 cancer, prayers, more prayers, send hope; she's a warrior, she can beat this, he's so strong and will fight! Either we are promoting a culture of delusion or doctors aren't being blunt enough with their patients and their families about the realities of these kind of illnesses.
Because you're right - ask any doctor or nurse and they'll tell you, stage 4 means say your good-byes, tie up your loose ends, go on that vacation you always wanted to but never got around to, and find a means to end your life while you still have the autonomy to do so with the least suffering.

u/higherthinker · 19 pointsr/ems

Rapid Interpretation of EKG's

This is what we use in medical school and it is a great, simple resource. Wish I had used it back in my EMT days.

u/MrDelirious · 16 pointsr/childfree

Like someone else mentioned earlier, please do check out "Better Never to Have Been", and please try to do so with an open mind. I'm a pretty upbeat and happy dude and I've had a pretty wonderful life, but I do find his conclusions convincing. The argument isn't that "all life is pain and suffering and blackness and emo music wah", but more about the dichotomy of pleasure and pain and the prevention of suffering. Seriously, give it a fair shake.

ANYWAY. More reasons than just that (although that book really lead me into thinking about childfreedom and accepting that it's okay to not have kids):

  • I simply do not want children. It is not a thing that interests or attracts me.

  • I know you think the overpopulation thing is tired, but there it is.

  • Children are incredibly expensive. That expense is not just monetary, but temporal and emotional as well. Your life is likely to go into stasis for 18+ years. I've seen couples broken up and people grow bitter and resentful. And sure, I've seen the opposite too, but it seems more rare to me. Do a quick google for "I hate being a parent" or "I regret having kids" or the like. It's not pretty.

  • If I don't have kids and regret it, I suffer. If I do have kids and regret it, I suffer, my partner suffers, and - most unfairly - the kids suffer. That is not a betting line I'm interested in, especially considering my aforementioned lack of any desire for children and moral motivations in the opposite direction.

  • My genetics aren't super encouraging, although it's not something I take heavily into consideration.

  • Finally, I have yet to hear a compelling reason (that didn't just sound selfish) on the other side of this argument.

    Especially given the last point, can you explain your thought process on wanting to have kids?
u/elbaivnon · 16 pointsr/worldnews

> Holy fucking hell share you mother fucker

I think I pulled something laughing at that

There's an excellent book called Class: A Guide Through the American Status System that groups it like so:

  • Bottom Out of Sight
  • Destitute
  • Low Prole
  • Mid Prole
  • High Prole
  • Middle Class
  • Upper Middle Class
  • Upper Class
  • Top Out of Sight

    It was written in 1983, so it's a little dit dated (no tech sector, etc), but it's a pretty solid stratification.

    EDIT: shit memory
u/KaptainKrunch · 16 pointsr/Residency

I am a PGY-4 Rad resident. Here are some resources that I think you guys might find helpful.


  • University of Virginia, online radiology tutorials. These cover many different aspects of radiology, from CT to US, as well as some basic trauma evaluation for every modality. Many modules review normal anatomy as well. A very good resource for a quick general overview. HERE
  • Radiology Assistant One of the BEST resources for radiology residents and all other residents as well in my opinion. Covers many high-yield aspects of imaging. It goes into a little more depth for each topic than the UVA tutorials. I have looked at their bone tumor differential article many times. This website is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning more, even for med students. [] (
  • LearningRadiology Wonderful general resource, geared towards medical students. The guy who wrote the book is the chair or PD for a program in North Philly I think. I read his book in medical school.
  • You already know who it is...(Silento). Many of my co-residents and attendings make fun of this website. I call it the WebMD of radiology. It's not bad in a pinch, but StatDx is a much better alternative
  • StatDx The UpToDate of radiology. Requires big $$$ to access. Totally worth it IMO. Has every conceivable disease on there, as well as imaging/pathology/workup/recommendations/andeverythingelse. Written for radiology residents and attendings, so having some general knowledge makes it more palatable.

    Chest X-ray

    If you're serious about it, start with Felson's Principles of Chest Roentgenology, A Programmed Text. Don't let the 288 pages scare you, half of the pages are images and the other half only contain like 100 words of text. It's set up with big pictures on one side, and easy explanations and multiple choice questions on the opposing page. It kind of reminded me of that Dale Dubin EKG book (the orange one).

    If you're kind of "meh" about it. Just check out the UVA tutorials above, or this..

    All that being said, Chest X-rays can be some of the most challenging and humbling cases to read. You could read 5 books and still suck. I'm probably going to recommend a CT anyways.

    Interventional Radiology Gunners

    This guy makes some decent youtube videos. Maybe you'll impress someone someday and only have to sell 1 limb to get into IR.


  • Radiographics ABR Series. Radiographics articles geared towards the ABR. Please don't read these unless you want to be absolutely insufferable.
  • ASNR Neuroradiology Lectures For nerds only.
  • STR Cardiothoracic Lectures For boring nerds only. Although the PA/Lateral Xray video overview is only 30 minutes long and pretty good.

    Finding good articles

    Just google "(What your looking for) + Radiographics. The Radiographics educational journal has some of the best educational articles and modules overall. You might become too smart and lose all your friends.

    Hope that helps. If I think of anything else, I'll periodically update this comment
u/damm_ · 15 pointsr/eldertrees

Every part of our system is for-profit industry. The FDA works with Legal Drug Makers; the DEA stops illegal drugs.

There is a union of companies that support the drug war; just as there are other companies and entities that support the war on drugs.

If you like good books; is pretty good.

Don't forget

u/justsomeguy75 · 15 pointsr/ems

Rapid Interpretation of EKG's by Dr. Dale Dubin. The classic, definitive textbook for understanding EKG's. It's amazingly simple, with loads of pictures and easy to understand explanations regarding cardiac issues. It is not the most detailed text around, but it is something that you could read in a weekend and walk away knowing much more than you did previously. Highly recommended to EMT's who want some sort of understanding of how to interpret 12 leads.

u/jorgeLaPuerta · 14 pointsr/PublicFreakout


Couldn’t find any more info about the book though, are you sure that’s the right title?

edit: Here’s the book, never heard of it before but now it’s on my radar. Wonder if white nationalists have heard of the Streisand effect

u/Uridoz · 12 pointsr/antinatalism

Thomas Ligotti - The Conspiracy Against the Human Race is probably the one I can recommend the most.

There's also Better Never to Have Been - David Benatar.

If you think one of them is too expensive tell me.

You could also Studies in Pessimism - Arthur Schopenhauer.

At last I can recommend this article from Richard Dawkins going into why nature pretty much sucks.

u/firefly416 · 12 pointsr/childfree

You might enjoy this book, the author doesn't suggest we all commit suicide, but I think the topic might be right up your alley. "Better to Never Have Been - The Harm of Coming Into Existence"

u/CordovanCorduroys · 12 pointsr/CasualConversation

I don’t think Americans spend anywhere near the amount of time thinking about class that the British do.

To the extent that we think about it at all, it’s more about cultural norms than income. A good book to read about this is Class by Paul Fussell .

u/argonaute · 12 pointsr/neuro

Eric Kandel's Principles of Neural Science is the classic textbook used by everyone. It's pretty dense and may be a little outdated but it's still among the best and most popular out there.

u/permanent_staff · 11 pointsr/selfimprovement

What you are describing isn't so much a mental state as it is a philosophical position. There are quite a few people, myself included, who believe people are better off not being born and that, consequently, bringing new sentient life into existence is a moral wrong. This position is called antinatalism and it is very rigorously argued for in Better Never to Have Been by philosopher David Benatar. (Here's an audio interview with him.) There's even a subreddit for antinatalism.

In antinatalism, it's very important to make the distinction between life that hasn't yet been started and life that has. While I can say it would have been better for me to never have existed, now that I do exist, I very much wish to continue existing. I didn't choose life, I was forced into it, but I try to make the most of the cards I've been dealt.

Edit. Also, the flip side of this is that I don't owe life, God, my parents or the cosmos anything, least of all my gratitude for being alive. I don't have any obligation to feel happy. Any feelings of gratitude or happiness are for my own benefit, and if I choose to leave early, I'm not being a poor guest.

u/hoaxium · 11 pointsr/philosophy

>I want to give my future kids the same opportunity that my parents gave me when they decided to reproduce, I want to bring them out of the void of unbeing and introduce them to all the wonder and the pain of being real.

The issue I have with this is that it's always a selfish act (having children), you cannot have a child for the child's sake. There is no way to gain consent currently from a non-existent person, but that consent is absolutely needed if you're to have any moral ground on having children. Who are you to speak for these people you act to know best for? How can you guarantee they will want to live, and will not suffer? You're essentially stealing the dice from another person and throwing them for them w/o consent and gambling with their life.

I wish my parents had the forethought to think perhaps I might not enjoy this horrible game we're all caught up in, and that bliss of void, which we all hopefully go back to anyways, might be much much much more loving and peaceful.

Cheerful optimism does far more harm than good, especially when it concerns antinatalism. We're still incapable of not forcing life on those that willfully wish to end it with dignity. We're scary with our imposition of life.

>Those who never exist cannot be deprived. However, by coming into existence one does suffer quite serious harms that could not have befallen one had one not come into existence.

u/BoozeMaster · 10 pointsr/lostgeneration

If you are genuinely curious, I recommend this:

It was written in the 80's (by a Harvard PHd if you want cred), so it's a little dated, but still one of the best easily accessable books on the subject. It's a good place to start. He breaks the classes in America down into the following:

Top Out of Sight - The people so wealthy they can afford exclusive levels of privacy. We never hear about them because they don't want us to.

Upper Class - Inherited wealth. Those who don't have to work, but sometimes they go into politics or finance for the prestige value. They refer to tuxes as "dinner jackets."

Upper Middle - Wealthy surgeons and lawyers, etc. Professionals who couldn't be described as middle class.

Middle Class - The great American majority, sort of. Middle managers, desk jockeys, some small business owners, people who don't engage in much manual labor, but are not skilled professionals either. He examines the middle class in great depth.

High Proletarian (or "prole") - Skilled workers but manual labor. Electricians, plumbers, etc. Probably not familiar with the term "proletarian."

Middle Prole - Unskilled manual labor. Waitresses, painters. (In other words, my mom and dad!)

Low Prole - Non-skilled of a lower level than mid prole. I suspect these people ask "Would you like fries with that, sir?" as a career.

Destitute - Working and non-working poor.

Bottom Out of Sight - Street people, the most destitute in society. "Out of sight" because they have no voice, influence or voter impact. (They don't vote.)

He also talks about the "X-Class", which is another way of saying the artist/intellectual class.

But these are social classes, not economic classes. For example, an upper class person could actually have less money than an upper middle class person and still be upper class. I hope that answers some of your question. I would encourage you to do more research into this fascinating and complicated subject.

u/stares_at_rain · 10 pointsr/coolguides

If you're interested in this, Class: A Guide Through the American Status System by Paul Fussell is a great read. It was written some decades back, so you'd think it would be dated, but it really isn't. He holds no punches, so you'll need a bit of thick skin when your class is being discussed. But still, what he says is so true and very funny at times.

u/ZigForGreatJustice · 10 pointsr/neuro

The principles of neural Science:

Great book all around. See if you can grab it used at a college at the end of a semester.

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u/KrazyBropofol · 9 pointsr/nursing

The ICU Book by Paul Marino is also a great resource. I’ve learned a lot and it’s made me question a lot of practices at my facility.

The previously mentioned is definitely a good place to start and is free.

u/destroyingtocreate · 9 pointsr/StudentNurse

Ahh Fundamentals. Nursing as an ART. ; ) Yes. It's different.. no your science-based knowledge isn't really going to help a whole lot when it comes to this area.

Fundamentals essentially are the roots of nursing. Consider Maslow's hierarchy... you are basically learning about the bottom 2 levels. Oxygenation, fluids, food/nutrition, rest, pain... etc.

The fact that you're new to nursing, and NCLEX style questions - that also makes it more difficult as well. Learning NCLEX can be difficult for some. I suggest you go ahead and buy Saunders 6th Edition Comprehensive Review. It will help you throughout the entirety of your nursing school career. Also, a lot of people in my nursing school used .. just google things like "fundamentals quizlet" .. we found that our instructor got a lot of her exam questions from there... also google whatever you're studying + quizlet or whatever you're studying + NCLEX.

Practice a lot of NCLEX questions. Get the hang of them. Really review the rationales... this is true for not only fundamentals, but all areas of nursing.

With Saunders you get a code that provides an online source so you can practice NCLEX questions. It's really helpful.. it's been a really great tool for me. The book is laid out really nicely and also has questions in it as well.

u/WhipplesTriad · 9 pointsr/medicalschool

Felson’s principles of roentgenology is a great book to get comfortable at reading CXR and chest imaging.

I use RIP ATMLL (are there many lung lesions)

RIP for quality of the image (rotation, inspiration, penetration)

ATMLL for search pattern (abdomen, thoracic cage, mediastinum, individual lung fields, both lung fields together).

  • Rising PGY-2
u/TheWetRat · 9 pointsr/psychotherapy

If you value your training, education, and bank account, please, please do not go to any Alliant or Argosy program, or really any freestanding PsyD program if possible. The amount of debt you will incur is absolutely not worth the garbage training you will receive. In academic circles, at least, I have never met a psychologist, licensed or otherwise, who had any respect for these programs or their training models. The general consensus among everyone I have talked to is that these programs are essentially traps for people who don't have the academic credentials to obtain admission to a Ph.D program, but who really want to do therapy now instead of take a year to bolster their CV. The APA accredited internship match rates at Alliant are consistently terrible. San Diego had a disappointing 24% match rate last cycle, up from the previous year's 13%. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles location has APA accredited match rates between 6% and 0% and that's with 65 to 176 students applying per year.

If you want a good resource for researching PhD programs, I highly recommend the latest editions of Insider's Guide to Graduate Study in Clinical and Counseling Psychology and Graduate Study in Psychology. These books were both invaluable when I was applying, and I think the latter contains information on the therapeutic orientation of faculty members at most of the programs included (it's been a few years since I applied and I have blocked most of that process from my memory).

u/shitpostaficionado · 9 pointsr/medicalschool

This book is unequivocally the greatest book I have ever read.

I get a hard on just thinking about it. Probably better than pathoma honestly, it's just a super limited scope of information so it's only good for cardio

u/MyrMcCheese · 9 pointsr/books

Then let's at least put the name of the book somewhere.

“Class: A Guide Through the American Status Systems” authored by Paul Fussell.

u/Cumberlandjed · 9 pointsr/emergencymedicine

Dale Dubin wrote the definitive EKG book before going to prison for child pornography and cocaine possession. It's a REALLY good book, but feel free to buy it used!

Rapid Interpretation of EKG's, Sixth Edition

u/Watchful1ntervention · 8 pointsr/childfree

I'm curious how it will compare to David Benatar's "Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence". This appears to tackle another important issue for me: the right to die. I'll have to give this a read.

u/pianobutter · 8 pointsr/neuro

Hi! I think the greatest thing you can do, is to join "Fundamentals of Neuroscience". It's an online course, but it's really nothing like most courses online. The production value is crazy high. It's truly experimental, because its purpose is to allow anyone to understand neuroscience without sandpapering the edges. I recently attended a university level introductory course in neuroscience. Our textbook was Purves'. Several of our instructors are published in Science and Nature. While the course was really great, the "Fundamentals of Neuroscience" delved deeper than the course and presented more nuanced pictures of the information. I can't think of any better introduction. To really learn this stuff, you need to learn a lot more than is presented in the online course, but you're very well off if this is your starting point.

As for textbooks, Purves, as mentioned earlier is good. Principles of Neural Science is mentioned often as its probably the greatest reference work, but it's not something you read as a first timer. Bear is good. I have read some of it, and it seems pretty good as introductory material. Both Purves and Bear are fine.

Ah, it also kind of depends of what your reason for interest is. If you want to learn about consciousness, attention, memory, and stuff like that, I would have different recommendations. If you want to learn about the hard biology of the matter, I have different ones. If you want to learn the computational aspects of how the brain works, I have different ones. I just assumed you wanted general introductions. As for general ones, I say the online course is top shelf. Bear is great as supplementary material. Purves as well.

u/ROBOTN1XON · 7 pointsr/texas

It is a punishment, it is punishable by law if you don't take care of the child. Having to deal with a person you don't want to marry for 18 years because of a child is a punishment. Dealing with a child you never wanted for 18 years is a punishment. Knowing that you brought a child into the world that you cannot adequately care for is a punishment.

It is also a punishment to the kid. My parents can't afford me, I'm a burden on my parents. My parents don't love me, because I was an accident. My parents are not married, other kids call me a bastard.

The kids are the ones punished the most.

you should read "better never to have been" by David Benatar

The idea that life is "inherently good" is bullshit. I think bringing any child into this world is a sin, because you cannot prevent bad things from happening to them. Even if you are well off and love your partner, bad things will happen to your child. They will feel pain, they will suffer at some point, and they will know loss. The child never asked to be brought into this world, you forced them into this world without consent.

u/Type_ya_name_here · 7 pointsr/Showerthoughts

Your post reminded me of this book which examines how there is more bad-ness in life than good-ness and how life is full of pain, illness, suffering and death. While there are lovely sunsets m, kisses with cute girls and various other ‘good’ things...the list is much smaller than the list of bad things.
Here is another great book. Emil (who was a fantastic modern day philosopher) examines the issues with being born, how it’s always too late for suicide and takes a sideways look at the world.

u/CFWoman · 7 pointsr/childfree

It seems that Buddhism and Hinduism have the same basis.
I know that the goal in Hinduism is to escape the cycle as well.
That's why people want to die in Varanasi.

I share your POV.
There is a great book to this topic - Better never to have been: The harm of coming into existence by David Benatar

u/TychoCelchuuu · 7 pointsr/askphilosophy

If the human species were going to die out for lack of children, one might argue that reproduction is a duty, either because preserving species is important or because preserving humanity specifically is important. Obviously we're not in that situation and because of that I don't think I've ever seen anyone argue that procreation is a duty. Most talk about procreation in philosophy is about the right of people to be parents if they desire to and whether having kids is always wrong because it is better never to have been born.

Since some people can't even have kids for biological reasons, and since others are not in a position to easily raise their kids, it would be weird for philosophers to say that we have to have kids even if we don't want to: some people can't even have kids if they want to! I can't think of any reasons that anyone would be required to have kids against their will.

u/ADefiniteDescription · 7 pointsr/philosophy

> This is a much better argument for assisted/legalized suicide than it is for not having kids

Benatar's arguments don't really carry over into that domain at all, as he's primarily concerned with the harm of coming into existence, as opposed to the harm of existing.

If you're interested he gives more detail backed by some empirical studies about his view that people are actually less well-off than they believe in his book Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence. It's chapter three of that book. I still don't buy it, but if you were looking for a fuller argument that's where you'll find it.

u/tryx · 7 pointsr/neuro

If you want the standard sequence of Neuroscience textbooks, there is a rough ordering of 3 common books. Each are very comprehensive and more than you would likely be able to read cover to cover, but they get more sophisticated and comprehensive as you go. The last one specifically is essentially the bible of neuroscience and you will be hard pressed to find a more comprehensive coverage of any of the topics outside a specialised textbooks or research papers.

These books will cover the general overview of neuroanatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology but if you want to go further in depth, there are more advanced books for each of those and dozens of other subfields.

  1. Purves - Neuroscience
  2. Bear - Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain
  3. Kandel - Principles of Neural Science

    I would specifically recommend Nolte - The human brain: an introduction to its functional anatomy as an exceptional example of a specialised text. Unfortunately, I do not recall the neurpharmacology text that I used, but it was very good too. I shall look it up and get back to you! For a more general introduction to pharmacology, the standard text is Rand and Dale - Pharmacology.
u/simmmons · 7 pointsr/neuro

I think Bear et al. (2006) Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain is a good introductory book:

u/SiberianGnome · 7 pointsr/personalfinance

I'd start by reading "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande.

Basically you need to prioritize what matters for you when you go into your treatment. With a child at home I would think that a high probability treatment method would take precedence over finances. But if you have an aggressive form of cancer with a lower probability of curing, it sounds like you will have substantially different priorities than most Americans (and that's a good thing IMO.)

You'll want to maximize quality of life for as long as possible while allowing you to continue to support your family and spend time with your child. Your treatment plan should be based around this, rather than throwing everything you can at the cancer hoping for a miracle.

u/ren5311 · 7 pointsr/askscience

This is my go-to review on the subject, written by the man who won a Nobel prize on the subject: Eric Kandel.

He also literally wrote the book on neuroscience.

Also, microbiology is the study of bacteria, viruses and protozoa. The term you want is cellular and molecular biology.

u/CDClock · 7 pointsr/DrugNerds

you should read up into the organization of the visual cortex and temporal lobes - learning about the structure and function of the brain is very helpful in understanding why the psychedelic experience is the way it is. an excellent introductory book if you are interested in learning about neuroscience is Kandel's Principles of Neural Science.

u/ERNurse1980 · 7 pointsr/nursing

I have a few that I still use after two years in the Emergency Department:


  • Sheehy's Manual of Emergency Nursing Care This is by far the best resource I have.

  • Rapid Interpretation of EKGs You will be interpreting EKG's to notify emergency docs if there is a rhythm that they need to be made aware of ASAP (i.e., STEMI, new-onset a-fib with rapid ventricular response, torsades, v-fib, SVT, etc...)


  • Journal of Emergency Nursing - some of the articles are fluff (i.e., impact on nurses of something in an obscure Chinese hospital), but a lot of them are medical/clinical in nature and very interesting.


  • EMCrit - probably the best EM blog/podcast out there

  • Life In The Fast Lane if we are ranking, this is tied for the number one spot of best EM blogs/podcasts

  • The Skeptic's Guide to EM

  • NurseEM not updated very frequently

  • FOAMCast Free Open Access in Medicine - deals mostly with EM

  • R.E.B.E.L Cast

  • ER Cast

  • Emergency Medicine Cases


  • /r/emergencymedicine

  • /r/emcrit

  • /r/medicine

  • /r/neurology

  • /r/cardiology
u/FutureDO21 · 7 pointsr/medicalschool this book is amazing and explains it to you like you’re 5 years old. Lol

u/Nfgzebrahed · 7 pointsr/nursing

Rapid Interpretation of EKG's, Sixth Edition

Recommended to me by an amazing seasoned ER nurse. Very easy to follow.

u/USMC0317 · 7 pointsr/medicine

Dubin's is hands down the best introductory book on EKGs.

u/sandely65 · 7 pointsr/nursing

I use this Saunders book. Maybe you use this one too or you have a different one in mind. I really like this one because the chapters give you a bullet pointed review of concepts and have practice questions at the end of each chapter. I haven't used any of the others, but I really like this one.

u/zlhill · 7 pointsr/medicalschool

Marino's ICU Book is the ICU bible

u/Ansel_Adams · 7 pointsr/medicalschool

My two cents:

Realistically at the medical student level the most important study to be able to interpret is going to be a chest x-ray. So, if you’re looking for resources to go past the general anatomy and “approach to a chest x-ray” I would recommend Felson’s Principles of Chest Roentgenology.

It’s a ‘programmed text’ like Dubin’s for EKGs, and goes through pathology topic by topic, with lots of opportunity to practice interpretation and to see if you are right or wrong. It’s a relatively quick read and there are lots of practice cases at the end as well.

I stressed interpretation before because, sure you may have a test question about the difference between an epidural vs. subdural bleed, but it’s not like you are going to be interpreting CTs or MRIs.

Knowing the underlying anatomy and the differential for the pathology would probably be a better use of your time than going through any of the introductory texts like Learning Radiology: Recognizing the Basics or Squire’s Fundamentals of Radiology. (My point here being that you need to know what you are looking at if you are actually going to be able to make sense of a study.) If you were considering radiology, one might be nice to have as a reference, but again, I do not think actually trying to read through the whole thing would be a good use of time.

Without cases to practice with, a lot of that knowledge probably will not stick. Whenever you have the chance, trying to look at a film before reading the radiologist’s report to test yourself can be helpful, as is trying to actively correlate what you see on the film compared to the clinical exam.

After having a good knowledge of chest x-rays, your next most common scenarios that require interpretation would probably be emerg related - again chest x-rays will be super common, but others like abdo series, extremity skeletal trauma, cervical spine, etc. will be useful.

Having said that, there are online resources like “Introduction to Radiology” from the University of Virginia or Radiology Masterclass.



  • Felson’s to learn how to interpret chest films
  • Pay attention to the little things you might be tested on like the features of arthritis on plain films, epidural vs. subdural, etc. etc. as you learn the rest of your clinical stuff
  • Know your anatomy
  • Radiopaedia for everything else that comes up
  • a PDF of an introductory text might be nice as a reference for a rads gunner - not as something to try to read cover to cover
u/deathtickles · 7 pointsr/worldnews

This is the only solution. The only way to end the drug war is to end the drug war. For anyone who can’t comprehend this please take some time to really consider the other side of the argument. I suggest starting here with the most eye opening book you’ll ever read on the subject.

u/YodaGreen · 6 pointsr/nursing

The worst part for me when I was new was not being sure of myself. Luckily I did have a good orientation and preceptor that forced me to look everything up, I mean everything.

It was really annoying in the beginning because I was like, aren't you supposed to be showing me how to do stuff. Basically she said no I'm supposed to be showing you how to find answers to questions, because after your orientation is over, you're still going to have questions, years from now you will still have questions and you're going to approach a person and ask them but they may not know or they may be wrong. It's my job to show you how to critically think.

She never said any of that but she forced me to look up everything and showed me how to do that.

Know how to find information. Look up your polices and review all of them when you have time: you will not remember them all, but you will remember that they exist.

If I could reccomend two books to help you it would be the AACN procedure manual (your unit should have this reference available to you, if not talk to your admin team), and The ICU Book (you should buy a copy of it for yourself).

Nothing impresses me more than a nurse who has a question and at least tried to look up the answer, right or wrong, and is coming to me just to make sure they are correct or work through the problem.

u/goodygood23 · 6 pointsr/neuro

Some of these points aren't quite right for a neuropsychologist. A neuropsychologist typically does a PhD in clinical psychology, with a year-long internship in neuropsych followed by a postdoctoral position in neuropsychology. They then need to get licensed and often board certified.

Clinical psych PhD programs are very competitive, but the good part is that good programs are fully funded, meaning that not only are you not charged tuition but you are paid a stipend for a research or teaching fellowship or a grant requiring no additional work. They pay you to get a PhD. If your grades, test scores, recommendations, and research experience are top notch, it's very easy to finish your PhD with no more debt than you finished undergrad with.

There are also clinical psych PsyD programs, which are like a PhD but more geared toward clinical practice as opposed to research careers. There are a few good PsyD programs, but unfortunately a lot of for profit PsyD programs aren't really worth your time and money. These have high class sizes (a typical incoming PhD class will be around 5 students, whereas it could be 100 or more for a PsyD program), and they typically don't offer full tuition remission or stipends. That is actually a pretty good way to determine if it's a good quality PsyD program: class sizes and amount of funding provided. You should also look at the number of students in the program that match to APA accredited internships on their first try.

The book Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology is the best resource for getting into a clinical psych program.

source: I have a PhD in clinical psychology.

u/skacey · 6 pointsr/Infantry

For questions 1 and 2, read this book:

About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior
Learn more:

Hackworth goes into extreme detail on the problems with how the Vietnam war was lead including McNamara's obsession with body counts as an indicator of victory.

For question 4, read this book:

Chasing the Scream: The Opposite of Addiction is Connection
Learn more:

Hari goes into detail on why sodiers in Vietnam did drugs and why the majority of them were able to stop once the war was over. There is little connection between Afghanistan and the current opioid crisis at least as far as soldiers working in a region with opium is concerned.

As far as the question about communication equipment vs yelling, there are several good reasons for yelling as opposed to using coms. First, yelling ALWAYS works. Unless you get shot in your airway, you can almost always yell commands. Coms can breakdown or get lost, broadcasts can be jammed. Coms are expensive, yelling is free. Yelling is also localized. Troops 100 meters away do not hear it effectively but close troops can. Coms broadcast to everyone on the frequency regardless of range. Coms also do not distinguish who is speaking unless call signs are used. If every troop had coms, they couldn't all start talking. They would have to wait their turn. In a firefight, waiting may mean death or worse. Special operators do use sophisticated coms as they approach a target, but still fall back on yelling while in a localized fire fight.

u/Cesar_w_x · 6 pointsr/conspiracy

I highly recommend you actually educate yourself about what you are arguing against rather than form a facade of your opponents argument. This book is an excellent source of information about antinatalism. Learn what you are arguing against if you want to form a good argument.

u/Deergoose · 6 pointsr/childfree

Read this book and explain to them why you think having kids is wrong.

That would probably help your argument. Most doctors likely assume you just want to engage in risky sexual behavior and will change your mind later.

u/corpsmoderne · 6 pointsr/DebateReligion

In fact, I'm finding gay marriage preferable to straight marriage :)

I consider conception of children to be an inherently bad thing: each time a new being is born, the general level of suffering in the universe increases. Giving birth is ultimatly an egoistic thing which is armful to the child, which will endure a life dominated by bad experiences and suffering ( for detail about this, you can read ).

So, in a world where there are a lot of orphans, I see adoption as the best move to make by a couple which want a child: it doesn't increase the number of suffering beings in the world like conception, and is more likely to reduce the suffering of a child which is currently living in an orphanage.

Of course, my introductory statement was a little bit trollish. There are means for gay couples to conceive, or make conceive for them, which I find immoral. In fact the move I find the most moral is the straight couple which choose to not conceive at all, but to adopt.

u/OneRedYear · 6 pointsr/TheRedPill

20 -23 reminds me of a book on my shelf, Paul Fussell's - Class - A Guide Through The American Status System.

It's super dated, but one thing I took away from it is this, the lower and upper class are two sides of the same coin. Uncouth barbarians at heart who both do what they want, while the middle class does what it can to either distance itself from the poor or attempt to become part of the upper class.

If you've read the The Gervais Principle ...

you'd see the hierarchy of Psychopath, clueless and loser play out on a societal scale when you look at class in America. Unfortunately according to The Gervais Principle the Psychopaths tend to jump ship to start a new company or move on once they have rung all they can out of the current company. Guess what they are getting ready to do to our country? Good times bro, good times.

u/DNAhelicase · 6 pointsr/neuroscience

This book is explicitly named as the book I am required to know, cover-to-cover, including all appendices for my candidacy exam. I have been going through it and it gives quite a broad overview of the field, but also has a lot of detail needed for a good overall knowledge of neuroscience. This book, in addition to your specific readings for your area of neuroscience, should give you all you need to do well in your program and your candidacy exam.

I am also doing my PhD in neuroscience, focusing on Prions and neurodegenerative diseases.

If you have any other questions, feel free to PM me and i'll do my best to answer them!

u/carboxyl · 6 pointsr/neuro


Each of these books is aimed at a different audience, but this should get you started.

u/doctorbasic · 6 pointsr/cogsci

Undergrad level text books:

u/RGCs_are_belong_tome · 6 pointsr/neuroscience

The top comment is right that the Kandel is a great neuroscience text. I have it myself and it's my go-to. If you're starting out from the bottom and learning on your own I would suggest a more user-friendly text.

Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain is good. I have the 3rd edition, which has probably been updated by now. Looks like the price is very manageable, too.

u/MicturitionSyncope · 6 pointsr/askscience

I was in the exact same place as you near the end of my undergraduate years. I started college with the idea of getting an MD and joined a lab only to pad my application to medical school. After shadowing doctors, volunteering at free medical clinics, and working in two different research labs, I finally decided to do the PhD. I even went so far as to take both the MCAT and GRE. That turned out to be a good thing since I did well enough on the MCAT to teach MCAT prep for Kaplan and supplement my meager PhD stipend. Have you considered a combined MD/PhD program?

  1. A PhD generally takes five years, but the range of people I know is from 4-7 years. The nice thing is that there is no debt. You get paid to go to graduate school. It's not much, but it's enough to live on.

  2. The job market is pretty diverse actually. Academia is certainly a very common path, but tenure track jobs are hard to come by right now. There are lots of opportunities in industry (biotech, pharma), government (policy, advisory roles), legal (patent), or anything where an analytical mind and the ability to quickly adapt to new information is important. I know people who have gone on to all of those types of positions. None of my grad school colleagues are unemployed, but some of them have had to change their paths when their first choice didn't work out. I don't know about more comprehensive statistics on the job market for PhDs though.

  3. If you want to learn more about basic neuroscience, I would recommend a textbook like this one:
    It's a bit out of date, but it's widely regarded as one of the best basic neuroscience textbooks out there. I keep hearing rumors of a new edition, but the release dates keep changing.
    Depending on your level of skill and access, you could always check out new issues of the journals Neuron or Nature Neuroscience. It's a good idea to know a bit about what interests you so you can target your grad school applications.

  4. Right now? Probably cancer. We don't know enough about how to work with these cells yet.
u/InHerMouthDO · 6 pointsr/medicalschool
u/shatana · 6 pointsr/nursing

I'm not all the way through it but Rapid Interpretation of EKGs is AMAZING

u/phvakil · 6 pointsr/Cardiology

I’m not sure if you’ve come across this text yet but Rapid Review of EKGs was crucial when I was a medical student. You can read it in one sitting and feel so comfortable reading EKGs.

u/perlman_sonata_1 · 5 pointsr/slatestarcodex

Not the person you replied to, and myself unlikely to reply, but basically, the logic goes as follows:

There are lives worth starting and lives worth continuing (for me, this is an intuition that I can't really explain, unfortunately): There is a cutoff point for the quality of life where it would not be worth starting. Basically: what is the maximum probability of a child having leukemia to say that the child's life wouldn't be worth starting?

I believe most people would consider it immoral to start the life of a child that has a 99% chance of having leukemia, but people would object to ending a child's life if it had the same chance of having leukemia. Soft anti-natalists follow the same logic, but set the bar a lot higher: a life has to be extremely good to be worth starting, but not that good to be worth continuing, in fact, very few (or no) people have lives that would have been worth starting. Hard anti-natalists hold that under all conditions, even blissful perfect lives, are not worth starting, but I don't understand the logic they follow.

Also, a lot of anti-natalists hold that life tends to be net negative hedonistically, or believe that preventing suffering is ethically more important than creating happiness (some form of negative utilitarianism or suffering focused ethics).

So, what is to be done? Well, there are, like in every other movement, more and less radical approaches. A soft anti-natalist has two answers: First, try to improve the quality of the lives of people already living and the people that will become born no matter what one does. Second, not bring new children (or even other sentient beings) into the world unless you're really sure their lives are worth starting. A hard anti-natalist would argue that it would be ethical for the the human species to go extinct (because bringing new people into existince is always bad).

Practically, anti-natalists advocate for spreading of birth-control (it brings down the birth rate), adopting instead of procreating (and maybe even raising children on anti-natalist memes, but only carefully). More careful anti-natalists like David Pearce propose that anti-natalism fails because it is a genetically self-defeating strand of thought, and attempting to improve the lives of present and future people is a much better strategy.

Wow, I wrote a lot more than I thought. The most well-known book on anti-natalism is by the philosopher David Benatar: “Better to never have been”, but I've only skimmed it. He strikes me as a very careful thinker, but I am of course biased.

u/Stalleek · 5 pointsr/short

>Since I LOVE the son I don't have, I would never do something like that to him.

Do I have a book for you! David Benatar "Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence."

u/genkernels · 5 pointsr/antinatalism

"Better to never have been" is something of a slogan for antinatalism ;)

u/bobbeabushea · 5 pointsr/rage

David Benetar wrote a book called:
Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence

  1. it is wrong to bring someone into the world if that is going to cause that person too much pain.
    e.g. If you are sure that person is going to have AIDS or live in extreme poverty, so that she will suffer an immensely excruciating pain.

    He, then, argues that:

  2. All lives, even the best ones are very bad. So you know, for sure, that by bringing someone to life, that person is going to suffer so much pain. Far more than pleasure.

  3. Therefore, it is wrong to procreate.

    Further conclusions:

    In this line of thought, abortion, for instance, in the early stages of pregnancy is not only right, but morally mandatory. In addition, he establishes a very important difference between "lives worth continuing" and "lives worth starting", arguing that we are not morally obliged to kill ourselves. Absolutely not. But since by bringing someone into life I will expose this person to serious harm, it is best not to bring anyone into life.
u/tag1555 · 5 pointsr/ukpolitics

Paul Fussell's "Class" is somewhat dated, but falls in the same genre. More anecdotal than academically rigorous in method, but still well worth reading.

u/Roobomatic · 5 pointsr/AskSocialScience

You would find Paul Fussels book about Class in America interesting:

He breaks upper, middle and lower class down into smaller sub groups based on profession, social standing and education and relates the classes to many behaviors and identifies some of the behaviors origins, like the upper classes affinity for nautical decoration.

The book was written in the 80's, so some of the revelations are a bit dated, but the book is still an enjoyable read - mostly because Paul Fussel is more social commentator than any kind of scientist.

u/nickelot · 5 pointsr/neuro

I used this book for years and it was written by my neuro professors. I can't recommend it more highly: (can get used for a little over $30)

u/kevroy314 · 5 pointsr/neuroscience

When I made the switch from Computer Science to Neuroscience for my PhD, I started by reading Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain. I found it to be a very effective introduction to all of the fundamentals.

u/roland00 · 5 pointsr/ADHD

Let me explain why I brought up dyslexia as a common comorbidity of having problems expressing yourself and adhd, but first lets talk about language. I will get back to dyslexia and ADHD. Do note while my post is long, I provide lots of links to pictures.

I am going to be using a lot of images from a biology textbook called Biological Psychology: An Introduction to Behavorial, Cognitive, and Clinical Neuroscience. Mostly from Chapter 19 which deals with language, while I am going to provide specific images you may find it useful to read the visual summary if you want more info.




Put simply to do language you are going to use multiple regions of the brain together as a circuit. See here

You are going to use areas in the back of the brain tied to vision, then you are going to pass that information to a multisensory processing area where your brain combines the senses and figures out what to do (aka you are forming the visual images in your mind before you think of the words that correspond to the visual images). You are then going to pass the information once again to a multisensory processing area but this area is more auditory based, followed by you passing the information to a specific area of the frontal lobe that is very close to the prefrontal areas which is tied to language, but also attention, sequencing of data, and response inhibition (stopping impulsivity) but also activation (aka release the brake and now go). This information is then passed to premotor and supplementary motor areas which is then passed to the motor areas. And during all these steps there are inbetween fine tunning by the subcortical brain areas such as the cerebellum and the basal ganglia.

Now I was trying to explain all of that without using medical terms but here is the names for those brain areas



And here is a diagram that compares speaking a heard word and speaking a word you read off a piece of paper. When you are composing inside of your head without mental feedback and you are imaging what you are going to say your thought process looks more like speaking a word you read off a piece of paper for you use more of the visual areas to visualize in your mind's eye what you are going to do and say.




Now we know things like head injuries and lesions to specific brain injuries to specific brain injuries can all disrupt speech but if the area is localized to specific regions you may only have some problems with certain aspects of language. When language problems are caused by some form of trauma we call this aphasia.



And people with different types of aphasia may have different problems. Like a person with expressive aphasia may know what they want to say and they can draw what they want to say but they can't find the words for it. While people with receptive aphasia have problems understanding language. Now receptive aphasia can be more than this where people accidentally skip words in their explanations that are crucial in the sentence, or they have anomia where they know what they want to say (the word is on the tip of their tongue) but they can't remember it, or they do an unintentional word subsitution subsituting another word with a similar sound or meaning, sometimes they mess up not the grammar of the sentence but the word tense, or use the wrong pronoun (like her vs she)

  • A subtype of this with additional issues with the left and right half of the back of the brain not talking as well as they should is Dysprosody sometimes called foreign accent syndrome for you do not talk with the local accent / family accent. People with dysprosody have problems with the timing of sounds and things like rhythm, cadence, pitch, and movement of words. They can't tell when you are inflecting or not. This is quite important for they do not get a lot of important information in communication such as emotional tone and inflection which can rapidly changing the meaning of something. Most humans are annoyed by synthetic computer speak for it just sounds wrong, now imagine if everyone spoke like that and you were not familiar with what most of us would consider normal speaking.



    Now all of these issues I described were studied in people with head injuries. That said we see much the same pattern of behavior with many different types of disorders, one of which is autism, but another of which and is completely separate is dyslexia.

    Now with dyslexia many brain regions are implicated and some of them are the same areas I have shown above (go to slide 6)

    In many forms of dyslexia you are not using the back of the brain areas tied with the early visual information which is passed to the angular gyrus which is passed to the wernicke area. See picture

    And you are trying to compensate for all of this information with actually using more of the frontal lobe to compensate for these areas. Well the frontal lobe is not designed to do such a thing its arrangement and types of nerve cells are different.



    Now its not just that picture I showed you, its also some of the subcortical areas such as these areas I am about to post here

    Involving the thalamus and an area known as the pulvinar, as well as certain areas of the brainstem, and certain areas of the cerebellum mainly vermis 6 and vermis 7 (often labeled VI and VII)

    These parts of the cerebellum are used for multiple functions but they are often called the occular motor areas of the cerebellum. They are also involved with the control of attention and shifting smoothing from one object to another for one of the purposes of the cerebellum is to "fill in the blanks" between gaps. Imagine you were watch a film but instead of watching a video you were seeing slide by slide, well the cerebellum along with the thalamus and brain stem regions are used in the predicition of what is going to happen next and smooth movements of the eyes, while other areas in the frontal lobe are more involved with figuring out these things are important so why don't we set this as the new priority of what to look at and the rest of the brain figures out how best to move there.



    Now if you have not probably figured out there is a connection to all of these brain regions with ADHD. Some ADHD people have these issues, but if you have these issues you are also more likely to have ADHD.

    If you look at the previous chapter 18 of Biological Psychology you will see this picture on slide 6

    There are two attention networks here. The top attention network is known as the frontal parietal control network where it controls and and it also modulates the dorsal attention/perception network. While a second bottom network in orange involves the frontal lobe and connects to areas shared both with the temporal lobe and the parietal lobe where they meet and the surrounding areas, this bottom attention network is more with detecting new things and novel things, while the top network keeps you on track and looks for the goals held within working memory to solve the problems.

    If you have not noticed the same areas of the brain that make it hard to express onceself with language, are also the same areas that are common in dyslexia, and are the intersection of two of key networks tied with attention (now there are more than those two networks I just showed you with ADHD but now you understand why there is a connection.)

    (Now most of pictures I linked to came from Biological Psychology by Breedlove and Watson, this is an introductory college text meant for undergraduate use. It will not go into all the stuff involving the brain with attention and such, other books made by the same publishing company (Sinaeur) but done by other authors are better if you are mainly wanting to talk about attention instead of language such as

    Sensation and Perception

    Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases

    Dale Purves Neuroscience 5th Edition

    And Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience
u/lawndartcatcher · 5 pointsr/ems
u/Rye22 · 5 pointsr/ems

Best book on the market in my opinion is Rapid Interpretation of EKGs. Its been in print for decades, and its definitely held up over time as the best EKG books out there. It covers everything you need to know to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of EKGs, and it does so in a way thats easy to understand.

The author is a convicted felon and child pornographer. But don't worry too much about that, its still a great book.

u/shesurrenders · 5 pointsr/nursing

I really liked the Saunders/Sylvestri book. It was required for school, and came with a companion CD. I only ever used the CD, I did probably 3200 questions and it was definitely overkill, but I passed in 75 questions and that's the only review I did. I know it's stressful, but you'll get it next time, and good luck! If you buy the book used, make sure it comes with the CD!

u/slayhern · 5 pointsr/nursing

I used Saunders and dominated the Exit HESI, which is allegedly supposed to be more difficult than the NCLEX. I loved it, it had tons of questions, and really helped me go through each system and point in the lifespan to come to logical conclusions during my test.

Other people will recommend Mosby's.

Both are supposed to be great, just make sure you get one with a CD included, otherwise you will miss out on tons of questions that are not included in the book. Good luck to your wife!

u/fiznat · 5 pointsr/medicalschool

Marino's ICU Book. It was recommended to me for an ICU rotation I'm doing soon (I'm interested in the field). It's really an excellent book, does a great job explaining concepts that I always had trouble with (like shunt vs. dead space, a-A gradient, etc), and they added little snippets like this to keep things interesting.

u/res0nat0r · 5 pointsr/politics

Yes, that is the dominating factor. It was measured after the 2016 election the biggest indicator if you were going to vote for Trump was racial resentment. No 'economic anxiety' or other nonsense. Sure you might have 'anxiety' your job left town, but you blame non white people for that as the underlying cause.


Also I'm reading this very good book right now that goes into this very subject and analyses the data:

> In the era of Donald Trump, many lower- and middle-class white Americans are drawn to politicians who pledge to make their lives great again. But as Dying of Whiteness shows, the policies that result actually place white Americans at ever-greater risk of sickness and death.

> Physician Jonathan M. Metzl's quest to understand the health implications of "backlash governance" leads him across America's heartland. Interviewing a range of everyday Americans, he examines how racial resentment has fueled progun laws in Missouri, resistance to the Affordable Care Act in Tennessee, and cuts to schools and social services in Kansas. And he shows these policies' costs: increasing deaths by gun suicide, falling life expectancies, and rising dropout rates. White Americans, Metzl argues, must reject the racial hierarchies that promise to aid them but in fact lead our nation to demise.


> Early in his book, “Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland,” physician and social scientist Jonathan M. Metzl introduces a Tennessee man named Trevor. Trevor is 41 and dying of liver disease. He lives in a low-income housing facility and he doesn’t have health insurance.

> “Had Trevor lived a simple thirty-nine minute drive away in neighboring Kentucky, he might have topped the list of candidates for expensive medications called polymerase inhibitors, a life-saving liver transplant, or other forms of treatment and support,” Metzl writes. But Tennessee officials repeatedly blocked efforts to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

> But Trevor is not mad at the state’s elected officials. “Ain’t no way I would ever support Obamacare or sign up for it,” he tells Metzl. “I would rather die.” When Metzl prods him about why he’d choose death over affordable health care, Trevor’s answer is telling. “We don’t need any more government in our lives. And in any case, no way I want

u/seychin · 4 pointsr/medicalschool

> Robert S. Lilly

My bad, it was Leonard Lilly.

Grapfruit and a handful of other things interact with heart drugs, these interactions aren't covered in too much detail in the textbook

u/Anton_Pannekoek · 4 pointsr/Anarchism

It's a random recommendation but I quite liked "Chasing the scream" by Johann Hari

How literate is he? For beginner maybe this book, looks cool. It's called Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play

More serious book is like this one (has more history and such)

u/likeIstoleit · 4 pointsr/StudentNurse

Get the ATI TEAS guide. They make the freakin thing, so why not do it. You must have looked at Amazon, because the prices are identical to what you wrote.

Whether new or like-new, it is well worth the top $45 price range. Considering that my nursing school books has totaled over $1800, $45 looks like chump change.

u/suicidedreamer · 4 pointsr/samharris

Thank you /u/jamietwells. Here are a couple of links you might find interesting (one of which I've posted elsewhere in this thread):

u/vickylovesims · 4 pointsr/offmychest

Yup, I can't disagree with you. I've thought this way for a long time. Others might disagree, but there are other people out there who think this. I came across a whole book about it.

u/anon22559 · 4 pointsr/SanctionedSuicide

Your comment reminded me of this book. I haven't read it yet, but it's on my list.

u/YahwehTheDevil · 4 pointsr/VeganChill

I have three: The Stranger made me stop believing in moral absolutes, Letter to a Christian Nation made me an atheist, and The Sexual Politics of Meat was the beginning of me going vegan.

I was looking at Better Never to Have Been and No Logo, and have been curious about socialism, anarchism, and the straight edge philosophy, and I'd like to consume any books that would challenge my current beliefs or ask me to radically change who I am.

u/Donpabloescobar · 4 pointsr/financialindependence

This book has a lot of snark, but it's also very informative. And if you're of a certain cast of mind, as I am, you find the snark hilarious. But even if not, the info is pretty solid:

u/ImperfectBayesian · 4 pointsr/polandball

>Ahhhhh oh my gosh you 'Muricans really will deep fry anything.

As someone who lives in a city where an honest-to-god socialist sits on the city council it's always funny to hear things like that..

What I mean--if you're a Trump enthusiast, or if you live in a small town, or if you do manual labor, or (perhaps?) live in the South you're probably the sort of person who's likely to a state fair and eat something deep-fried. If you live in a coastal metropolis or work at a tech firm or wouldn't feel out of place in a sport coat the idea of eating a lot of those foods is probably nauseating, not to mention the notion of going to a fair is totally alien.

US social heterogeneity is entrenched and profound but our discourse about it is mostly tacit. Times are weird in America. Dated but relevant.

u/Pallidium · 4 pointsr/neuro

I'd go with Purves' textbook or Bear's book. Both are very good introductory books. If you want something more difficult, try Principles of Neural Science by Kandel or (even more difficult) Fundamental Neuroscience by Larry Squire.

u/Arms-Against-Atrophy · 4 pointsr/neuroscience

This is how I understand the two most popular out there:

Principles of Neural Science (4th edition) has been the gold standard of neuroscience textbooks. It's been called the "bible" of neuroscience and a great jumping off point for anyone who wants to get a very technical and medical perspective on the various functions of the brain. The fifth edition is set to come out this October so I don't know if you'd want to wait or jump into this one but from what I understand this is the number 1.

The other textbook that is popular, that I've read most of, is Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain (3rd edition). This textbook makes a lot of the topics that you'd like to learn about organized and easy to understand. While this book probably doesn't go into as much detail as Kandel's, it is a wonderful jumping off point to learn a lot of the basics about neuroscience and to get a solid understanding of a lot of mechanisms controlled by the brain. I highly suggest this one if you're new to neuroscience and not in medschool.

u/LaughingHeart42 · 4 pointsr/neuroscience

Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain was my go-to when learning neuroscience coming from an engineering and physics background. It's pretty accessible for people from many different backgrounds. For example, it covers the requisite biology and chemistry you'll need to understand the basics if you haven't had exposure to those fields yet.

u/ampanmdagaba · 4 pointsr/neuro

I usually recommend Bear-Connors-Paradiso as a first read, as it is simpler; almost in between a textbook and a popular book. And then you use Candel to go deeper on selected topics (or all).

And indeed, another approach is a "top-down" reading: download some papers from Pubmed, and start deciphering them. Use Wikipedia, and references from there, and reviews from Pubmed, to understand these papers - word by word, sentence by sentence. It's a long process, but extremely helpful. And there's no better way to charm the professor, and make them suspect that you are one of the best, most intelligent and proactive students ever.

u/chicken_fried_steak · 4 pointsr/askscience

Most of my sources are textbooks and wikipedia for a quick search... On my desk I have Molecular Biology of the Cell and Principles of Neural Science both of which are decent reference texts to have on your shelf. Beyond that, I think I can scrounge up a few good reviews on the subject if there's any interest, but this being Reddit, most people don't have access to papers behind paywalls...

u/oddlysmurf · 4 pointsr/neurology

The Blumenfeld neuroanatomy book is great, I read it during neuro residency. It goes through the anatomy as well as clinical cases.

Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases

u/antinumerical · 4 pointsr/physicianassistant

I am just about to graduate and am wrapping up my clinical time with a neurology office that I will be taking my first job at. Suggestions from the MD that I think are great:

Lange Clinical Neurology and Neuroanatomy

Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases


u/MollyGr · 4 pointsr/medicalschool

If you really have to study, learn how to interpret EKGs.

u/cderkachenko · 4 pointsr/ems
u/doctoroetker · 3 pointsr/MGTOW

This book by David Benatar provides the philosophical base for your perspective. It solidified my thoughts that life is a scam.

Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence

u/Rakajj · 3 pointsr/DebateReligion

> Not quite and I want to be careful here. Animal abuse is an unjust action toward an animal. A human being, though he has dominion over an animal would still be wrong to abuse it. However, using an animal for his own legitimate purpose is not abuse (e.g., clothing, travel, nutrition, companionship, etc.) God, as the creator over these beings, has complete authority. God cannot abuse His own creation. To do so would mean that He is not its creator. Abuse is to use in a way contrary to which it was intended. God is the intender.

I disagree on multiple points here and think you'd run afoul in multiple places if you were to present definitions for the words with contentious definitions employed.

>Animal abuse is an unjust action toward an animal.

Without a meaningful definition of the word just (or unjust), this sentence has no content. Justice is not simply whatever something's creator deems to be, and hasn't been since at least the Socratic era.

>A human being, though he has dominion over an animal would still be wrong to abuse it. However, using an animal for his own legitimate purpose is not abuse (e.g., clothing, travel, nutrition, companionship, etc.)

'Legitimate purpose' again requires a definition because you are using it in a context where the meaning of that phrase is what the rest of the statement is contingent upon. Your definition of 'legitimate purpose' is not one that would be agreed by people who do not share your presuppositions. I wouldn't even grant that clothing or nutrition would be appropriate in that list and that's not even the contentious presupposition.

>if you assume that Jesus is God, has power over demons, knows what is best for people, and that this act was in furtherance of what is best for people, then He is not manipulating anyone.

I disagree, even if you assume all that you've stated the manipulation remains you've just deemed it a just manipulation. You are still putting people through harm regardless of what their will is so that Yaweh might arrive at his desired end. I'd also caution that you can justify a hell of a lot if you operate following this sort of logic where you grant huge swaths of assumptions.

>God, as the creator over these beings, has complete authority. God cannot abuse His own creation. To do so would mean that He is not its creator. Abuse is to use in a way contrary to which it was intended. God is the intender.

Ah, and this is the pivotal point of disagreement. No, an agent does not have unlimited authority over anything it creates. This is dangerous, ancient thinking that has been tossed aside in every aspect of human life aside from supernatural consideration.

Even when it comes to children, we recognize that they have rights relative to their agency. Prior to meeting the standards of personhood (of which a crucial one is agency) a human life lacks almost all of the rights it ultimately will acquire as it matures and grows its agency. As agency increases, the parent / creator's control and 'dominion' over the creation wanes.

We're set to also run up against this problem in a very drastic manner as a species soon(ish) when we get AI to a point where it more accurately resembles consciousness.

Right now, AI is basically just a complex command set. If condition X or Y is met, perform task A. It's complicated by algorithms, conditions that change over time, and command sets that are structured into complex hierarchy but currently there's not a Will that exists anywhere in this and thus no true agency, just an extension of their human creator no meaningfully different from a set of dominos.

Maybe Humans never get our creations to a point in which something reasonably resembling will/agency exists. However, if we do Humans won't be fully justified in doing whatever we desire to our creations because our creations will have agency and agency must be recognized as a requisite of Rights.

So, just as Humans would not be justified in doing whatever they desired to a conscious robot or their child, a human-creator would also not be justified in all circumstance in their interactions with humans. There are consequences to action and very serious consequences to creation. David Benatar wrote a great short book on this awhile back called Better Never to Have Been though it was more geared towards the ethics of procreation than our larger topic of conversation. Were we as a species to have a creator that creator would have strong limits on what they were justified in doing. Justice is predicated on harm, before something (or someone) exists it cannot be harmed. Once it has been conjured into existence harm is possible and if harm is done to something with agency that harm requires justification (or it is not just).

u/atfyfe · 3 pointsr/askphilosophy

Be forewarned, I am going to sketch this out very crudely. Okay, that being said...

I think there are three common answers in philosophy concerning the value of life which is a reflection of the general split in philosophy between three major ethical views -

  • Kantian Deontology

  • Consequentialist Utilitarianism

  • Virtue Ethics.

    Consequentialist Utilitarianism - Life isn't valuable, not directly. What is directly valuable is pleasure (or maybe satisfied desire) and what is directly disvaluable is suffering (or maybe unfulfilled desire). Either way, destroying life often leads to more suffering and less pleasure for those left alive. Furthermore, destroying life destroys the only place pleasure (which is valuable) can exist. Alternatively: if desire is really what matters rather than pleasure, destroying life leaves a lot of people's desires unfulfilled as well as destroying the only place where fulfilled desires can exist.

    Kantian Deontology - Life isn't valuable, not directly. Free choice is the only thing that is directly valuable. But usually you can't go around destroying life without also violating free choice. If life didn't exist, it wouldn't be a big deal. When the Kantian says free choice is the only thing that is directly valuable, the Kantian doesn't mean we need to maximize the number of free choices or free choosers--rather the Kantian means we have to respect already existing people's choices. So if no one existed, then there wouldn't be anything bad about it because it wouldn't involve violating anyone's choices. BUT life does exist and in order for life to go out of existence you would probably have to act against people's choices to keep living (which is the one wrong according to Kantians like me).

    Virtue Ethics - Here is the only position were you might get someone close to saying life is valuable directly. The idea here is that morality concerns being a good instance of the type of thing you are. So good knives are sharp ones that cut well, good wolves can hunt and work well with their pack, etc. Human beings are living beings (reproduce, self-maintain, etc). and human life specifically takes the form of living through the human capacity for abstract reflective judgment (i.e. taking into consideration many conflicting reasons relevant to their situation/decision, and making the right decision). Presumably you are bad at human life if you don't value your own life. Furthermore, you would be pretty immature, childish in the development of you capacity for reflective judgment if you didn't recognize some intrinsic value to life itself. Why is that immature not to recognize? Sorry childish person, you'll need to just grow out of your blindness to the intrinsic value of life. (I am not insulting you, I am only stressing the way in which being able to recognize what is and isn't intrinsically valuable according to the virtue ethics comes with the mature, skilled judgment of a good human being; presumably someone's unwillingness to see the intrinsic value of life would--according to the Virtue Ethicist--be rooted in their childishness in some respect).


    Myself, I am a Kantian concerning morality. But here is a recent work on the topic by a Utilitarian -

    Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence Paperback – September 15, 2008
    by David Benatar (Author)

    You might also look at some of Korsgaard's recent work on animal rights (where she tries to extend the Kantian position so that animal life is valuable in addition to free choice):

u/NiceIce · 3 pointsr/MGTOW2
u/baconridge · 3 pointsr/MGTOW

I happen to think that Dr. Benatar is correct in his views on reproduction.


u/SocratesLives · 3 pointsr/askphilosophy

Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence ~ David Benatar

This excellent book clarified what was once only a vague uneasy feeling about inflicting Life on the innocent and reaffirmed my dedication to refrain from creating new humans to suffer on this miserable mudball. It is always a moral wrong to have children. It then compounds the harm to inflict additional suffering through lack of proper resources for the emotional and physical care of that child.

u/katiethecoward · 3 pointsr/Nurse

I hate that fellow nursing students are catty instead of working as a team. One day they might find themselves on the same team or at the same hospital as those that they trampled over in school.


This is my study routine.

Once our powerpoints are posted, I make an outline that I print off. In class, I take notes. After class, I take the lecture notes and rewrite them on the outline that I printed. I star/highlight things that the professor stressed. The outline helps me visualize what content areas have the most info (more info = most likely on exam). I will go through and read the Saunders NCLEX book and the HESI review book. I will add any additional info to my outline to supplement the lecture notes. Then, I will make notecards online. I try to rewrite my notes and make note cards within 24 hours of the lecture. It seems to be more effective for me and is more manageable that way. It is easy to pull these up and "quiz" myself when I have small amounts of time. If I am still confused about a topic, I will look it up in the book that was assigned for the course. Other than that, I only use those books for clinical paperwork.


Once we have covered a topic or a few days before the exam, I will use the Saunders NCLEX book and the HESI review book in study mode and work on practice questions and READ THE RATIONALES. I bookmark questions that I get wrong and will review those again making sure I understand the rationale.


u/half-agony-half-hope · 3 pointsr/StudentNurse

Buy the Saunders book. I loved it. Was great for studying not just NCLEX questions but good review of what is important in every disease. It really helped me when I felt like I had way too much info. I would review the Saunders based on my power points and pretty much ignored the actual book.

u/ghelmstetter · 3 pointsr/IAmA

For a very thorough (and humorous) observational analysis of this and related issues, read Class: A Guide Through the American Status System by Paul Fussell. It's a quick, entertaining read, and very eye-opening (though not rigorous academically). It's US-centric... so the relevance to aristocracy in the UK is not a perfect match.

u/officerkondo · 3 pointsr/PurplePillDebate

Paul Fussell wrote an excellent (and hilarious) book about this in the early 1980s, Class. While the book is dated in a number of respects e.g. the wisecracks about Ronald Reagan's brown suits, much of the book still rings true today.

There are nine classes in three tiers as follows:


  1. Top out-of-sight

  2. Upper

  3. Upper middle


  4. Middle

  5. High prole

  6. Middle prole

  7. Low prole


  8. Destitute

  9. Bottom out-of-sight

    One thing you find out is that whatever class you think you are, you are most likely at least one step below that. For example, think you are UMC? You are probably just middle class or maybe even high prole. My observation from redditors relaying their personal experiences in /r/AskReddit and other subs of general membership is that reddit skews highly prole.

    I hasten to add that money is a small part of class. Class is much more about how you act and comport yourself. For example, legible clothing is prole. Upper class says "black tie", middle class says "tuxedo", prole says "tux". Notably, middle class behavior is largely about imitating how they think the upper class behaves. It is the middle class that makes up swear substitutes like "fiddlesticks!" and "cheese and crackers!" because they think the upper class is too dignified to swear.
u/PopularWarfare · 3 pointsr/AskSocialScience

I'm flexible as long as its scholarly. I read this and it was fun, but i'm looking for something more substantial. I've tons about class and power structure in theory but very little applied.

I've been doing a lot of self-reflection lately and realized i know more about social class in other countries than my own and I want to change that.

u/punspinner · 3 pointsr/malefashionadvice

BTW I like this Socratic style thread.

Well, I'm self-employed, which means I tend to have a lot of leeway about what I wear :)

But appropriateness for lifestyle is broader than just wearing what you wear for work. It's about your background, what you spend your time doing, who your friends are and what they wear (can you imagine wearing a suit and tie while always hanging out with friends wearing tshirts? No--you might wear a sweater and button-down but can't push it to its extreme) those practical aspects of not living in an internet fashion vacuum. A lot of it may also come down to social class, that ugly beast we might prefer not to talk about... I recommend

What underlies the reason why I originally posted is more of a gripe with constant consumption at high prices and never feeling satisfied. I dislike the feeling of only buying. Because I find it stupid to always want to cop pieces that just came out, because there will ALWAYS be more new pieces and more new things you want. This might be because I don't have a lot of extra cash and tend to buy almost all my clothing in thrift stores, but I am always looking for older pieces that are either high quality, or interesting, or both.

u/WarbleHead · 3 pointsr/neuro

It all depends on what your intent is. Neuroscience is so broad and interdisciplinary that my recommendations depend largely on how much time and effort you plan to put into it. Are you trying to understand the brain so that you can go into research someday? Is neuroscience relevant to your separate field of research, and you just wanna get to know all the acronyms? Or are you just a curious layman who wants to understand the organ of understanding? In the latter two cases, many of the suggestions are very good; books by anyone from Ramachandran to Koch will suffice.

But if headed into neural research, you should really grab an introductory textbook that explains the principles of the brain (I recommend this one) and go through it, chapter by chapter, so you get the fundamentals down before you move onto deeper inquiries. If you have the money to spare, you should also pick up Principles of Neural Science as a reference book for more in-depth inquiries. The reason for this is that the Kandel book is really dense and somewhat poorly organized, which makes it rather inefficient to a neuroscience newcomer who mainly needs the basic ideas.

More important than which book you pick up, though, is how you read it. It's very important at this stage to really start thinking about the big questions in each subfield so that 1) you don't gloss over important details or, worse, crucial principles; and 2) you're preparing your mindset for research. You can't read it as a passive observer, absorbing information rather than processing it. Ask questions. How do we know this and this about the brain? What principles can we anticipate about the brain (and by implication: perception, memory, cognition) based on its structure and development? When do neurons first start firing anyway? If you're doing it right, you'll be making use of Kandel a lot to probe deeper — and eventually review/experimental papers when you're ready.

tl;dr - Read that shit if you're doing research and you'll thank me later.

u/personwithusername · 3 pointsr/tDCS

I've noticed you've posted a lot of questions to this sub reddit, and most of them go unanswered. You might find it helpful to take a course in neuroscience (like this one, or perhaps read a neuroscience textbook, like this one

Even if you're not a student, it might be worthwhile looking in your local university library. So long as you don't check anything out I doubt they would stop you.

u/zealotarchaeologist · 3 pointsr/soma

I highly recommend the book Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, it's the best thing I've ever read on this subject.

Interestingly, I've yet to talk to anyone who left Lindwall alive. Everyone I discussed the game with thought that would be cruel, and I agree, but I'd be interested to see other perspectives.

u/Kitjack · 3 pointsr/nursing

I recommend this book

It is a good read and addresses this issue.

u/skulldriller · 3 pointsr/physicianassistant

The hand book of NSG is a must

Neurocritical Care is a must if you have a MICU/SICU

Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Cases is a good textbook which focuses on all the major points and many fine details you will need to know as you go through your career. I use this book when I make lectures.

You'll also want to read some review articles on ICP management, vasospasm dx and tx following SAH, hypertonic saline, neuro imaging.

There are some youtube videos that will help get you started with imaging:

For Head CT

For C-spine CT

For MRI in general

For Lumbar MRI

I recommend referring back to these resources as you see patients with the afflictions as it will help it stick. If you just read about things without using them in practice I think you'll find it is easily forgotten. Best of luck!

u/MinoritySuspect · 3 pointsr/neuroscience

Kandel is a very comprehensive neuroscience textbook with a lot of good figures as well as descriptions of experimental evidence. The most recent version came out just last year, so it is very current.

Purves also contains excellent figures but concepts are delivered on a more basic level, probably better suited for undergraduate/non-research perspective.

u/maccabird · 3 pointsr/UBreddit

Neurobiology with Dr. Xu-Friedman was probably my favorite class, and he is probably my favorite professor. It can be a challenging class, but it's worth it if you enjoy neuroscience.

When I took it, we used Purves - Neuroscience 5th Edition .

The book is definitely needed, as it really helps to reinforce what they lecture on. If you're looking to get ahead before the semester begins, I think he follows the first few chapters tightly. If I recall correctly, he starts with some basic neuroanatomy, and then jumps into electrophysiology (similar to what you did in Bio 213 physiology lab, except in more detail) and receptor kinetics.

If Dr. Medler is also teaching it, she can be somewhat abrasive and difficult, but you can still do well if you go to lecture and pay attention.

u/zphbtn · 3 pointsr/neuro
  • Purves text isn't that easy but a great and thorough introduction.
  • Gazzaniga's text is fantastic but less on the biology side of things.
  • Others have mentioned Kandel's text but I don't think that's a good first text for anyone wanting to "dip their toes" in.
  • Someone else also mentioned the Bear text, which is very good.

    Those are really all you'll need; from there you will find things on your own or from professors.
u/hans_super_hans · 3 pointsr/StudentNurse

This book is the gold standard : Rapid Interpretation of EKG's, Sixth Edition

For simple rhythms just search YouTube. There are a lot of videos that go through the basics.

u/Hutchisonac · 3 pointsr/physicaltherapy

I recently underwent a similar change, having worked in outpatient orthopedics for 6-ish years (+lots of $$ spent on con-ed including manual therapy certification) and abruptly switching to acute care. My decision was spurred by increasingly high patient volumes (which seems to be a trend in Vegas OP) and an inability to provide what I would consider 1-on-1 patient care in a manner that fit my values. I've been in acute care for about 8 months now and haven't looked back. As a result of this, I do feel like a new graduate at times, but I've been excited to dig into new information and material, while enjoying the pace and exposure to a variety of conditions acute care offers.

Some things I've found useful thus far:

Don't be afraid to ask questions. Most of my fellow co-workers are younger than me, but have more experience in this area. Check your ego at the door.

I've found getting to know the nurses in each unit to be invaluable. Find them prior to seeing your patient, get any further information they may have regarding your patient (outside of your chart review) and discuss with them any pertinent findings of your evaluation.

Chart review! I want to know as much as I can regarding my patient's prior to seeing them. I mostly do evaluations and want to garner as much of a clinical picture as I can including lab values, vital trends, imaging findings / reports, physician notes, nursing notes, surgical reports, pending tests / labs, medications, etc. You can gain a lot of information from the electronic chart.

Vital signs on everyone. This is easier in the ICU where everyone is monitored, but on your ortho and med/surg floors I don't think I can under state this. I've run into countless asymptomatic people who upon assessment have systolic BP > 200, or more recently having a patient who's blood pressure dropped from 85 systolic to 50 systolic following 1 sit<>stand.

Collaboration with your fellow speech, occupational and respiratory therapists. I can be myopic at times, so getting input from findings from your other therapists can be helpful.

Having a good line of communication with your case managers. You are an advocate for your patients and need to have an open line of communication to discuss or challenge d/c recommendations.

Lines. Double check for any lines, tubes or catheters even if nothing stands out. Our electronic chart will tell me what lines are present upon chart review, but it doesn't hurt to double or triple check prior to mobilizing a patient.

Some resources I've found helpful as a new acute PT: ($200/yr with discount code, a number of courses focused on acute care)

It's been a learning process with the transition, but I've been thoroughly enjoying it. Plus, I get the added benefit of seeing anatomy on a deeper level when it comes to wound care. Not to mention, the added benefit when you get your patients who are mechanically ventilated up and moving, while seeing their appreciation that they have for your services / help. Enjoy!

u/barunrm · 3 pointsr/ems

Rapid interpretation of EKG's by Dr. Dale Dubin is excellent. Easy read and a great quick reference. Essentially a dummie's guide to EKG. I took a semester long class in EKG in college and am going through it again in paramedic school. This book is what made it click for me.

u/TxMedic436 · 3 pointsr/ems

I recommend Rapid Interpretation of EKG's 6th Edition by Dale Dublin, MD. I bought in when I was in paramedic school and still use it today.

u/NeuroMedSkeptic · 3 pointsr/medicalschool

Edit: hopefully I can answer some very basically:
Overall, remember you aren't measuring the conducting fibers with EKG, you are measuring the electrical activity of the myocytes. I think this may be a major sticking point for you - causing some confusion.

  1. IV septum is depolarized from Left to Right as the RBB does not have terminal fibers (in the septum) - this leads to a sometimes present Q wave. You can't look at it as thinking of direction of conducting fibers, you have to think of how the muscle conductance changes. Assume the outer ventricle is a single muscle mass and depolarizes simultaneously. This will cause a concentric depol/repol not so much frontal.

  2. not so sure about the why of opposite depol/repol something to do with the electrolyte balance and channels...

    There is good discussion (I had a lot of same issues you are having), but as an aside I REALLY recommend you take a look Dubin's Rapid Interpretation (I may have a pdf if you don't have access). My EKG lectures made no sense but I read through the relevant chapter there and felt like I everything made so much more intuitive sense.
u/summerbailey · 3 pointsr/medicalschool

The Dubin book is the best! My copy is orange and it'll tell you everything you need to know about EKGs for tests :)

u/upaboveit · 3 pointsr/ems

12 years after academy and I still read mine from time to time.

Also, have confidence. =)

u/ms_emerika · 3 pointsr/medlabprofessionals

Overall, I think it was my instructor who really got me prepared for the exam. She's been doing it for so many years, she has it down to a science. But as far as what I did to prepare I used this book to do review. My classmates and I called it the cartoon book because it has some pictures to try and help you remember key things. But it has a nice run down of the main things you need to know. I feel like it helped a lot.

u/lis_sing · 3 pointsr/medlabprofessionals

Questions in the BOC book were harder than what I had in my test. Had the Harr book but didn't use it since I didn't like the format of the book

For study materials, I definitely recommend:

SUCCESS! in Clinical Laboratory Science

This has a lot of outline reviews that I found extremely helpful

Clinical Laboratory Science Review: A Bottom Line Approach

This book has a lot of tables, graphics, and charts to help you remember all this info

u/CWMD · 3 pointsr/medicine

I would avoid test-prep books then-- those tend to skim the surface of things like pathophys and always seem to be more focused on important facts and associations, etc., and not on the science.

Sadly there is no quick answer for getting better at pathophys (it takes 2 years to cover the basics in med school). Working in an ED you don't have massive amounts of time to read either. As a resident I find myself wanting to review stuff all the time but am pretty busy too, so with that in mind, my recommendations would be:

-UpToDate/Dynamed/Medscape/etc. usually have nice sections in their articles on the pathophysiology of various conditions. The temptation is to skip to the "diagnosis" or "management" sections but there is usually some good stuff in those articles that you can read on the fly

-For critical illness and general physiology, The ICU Book is great and not too dry a read. If you want much more in depth stuff on medical conditions, Harrison's Internal Medicine is a great resource but reads like a phonebook sometimes. If you care about the microscopic level, Robbins & Cotran is basically all the pathology for the non-pathologist you will ever need- can also be a bit dry at times too.

-Look up the mechanism of action of meds you don't know about (Micromedex smart phone app is great for that)

-When you consult someone because you are unsure about something, ask them about what is going on (subspecialists are usually not shy about dropping knowledge if you ask for it); it may also help prevent future un-needed consults which they appreciate

Hope this helps.

u/cockfort · 3 pointsr/nursing

If you're looking for a good book, I recommend Marino's The ICU Book 4th Edition. It's geared towards medical students and residents, but I think it would be useful for anyone who is somewhat new to critical care. And the price seems high at first glance, but compared to other recently published texts containing the same info, it's pretty reasonable.

It reads quite smoothly and was published this past October. You certainly won't retain everything you read in the book, but from the start you'll recall where in the book you read something and can refer back.

Also, if you're looking for something cheaper that involves less reading. The Society of Critical Care Medicine offers a self-paced online introductory course called Resident ICU. It is a collection of lectures/ power points which discuss the fundamental principles of critical care. Again, it is designed for physicians/ new residents, but having a solid understanding of your patient's condition is important for critical care nurses and this will only help. Oh, and the course only costs $25.

I know more than just these two, but I can't think of anything else at the moment. Hope this helps!

u/Lyanroar · 3 pointsr/nursing

I just took the NCLEX last month, and it was all over the place where content is concerned. I was in and out in 75 questions, so I didn't see a whole lot of it, but its really more about critical thinking than specific knowledge. Of course you have to have a level of background knowledge in nursing, but its mostly about the "think and link".

As far as studying, I didn't do much - I spent the last 3 years studying nursing, after all. I did however use an app called NCLEX Mastery, which can be found here, whenever I had a few minutes with nothing to do. Its pretty comprehensive, and it generally has thorough rationales. I found it useful for assessing for areas of weakness in my knowledge. I also used this book. Its very thorough, and while I didn't make much use of it, my classmates speak very highly of it.

If you've done well in your course of study, don't get yourself too worked up about NCLEX. If you haven't done so hot, I'd recommend spending some quality time with either/both of those resources.

Best of luck!

> A lot of students in my class are extremely nervous about it.

I have come to the conclusion that my faculty made a BIG deal out of the NCLEX mostly to scare us into busting our asses studying. It worked. The truth is, if you've paid attention in class, done your reading assignments and haven't been daydreaming during clinical, you'll be fine. The vast majority of nurses pass the NCLEX on their first try, whether it takes them 75 questions or 285. The fact that you're worried about it and are seeking resources indicates to me that you'll pass and be just fine. Just don't think you can sit on your laurels, though :)

u/ithinkimightbegay · 3 pointsr/StudentNurse

I've heard many suggestions for the Saunders NCLEX Review, which is readily available through illegitimate means if money is an issue.

u/ohqktp · 3 pointsr/StudentNurse

Recent grad from an ABSN program and I just passed my NCLEX on the first try. I almost never read in nursing school and graduated with a 4.0 Like with any college major, you'll likely be assigned a lot of reading but that doesn't mean you actually have to read all of it to learn the material and succeed. My best tip is go to class, take good notes, and only use the text for clarifying topics you don't understand. Or get Saunders- my cohort used that for studying for class way more than our actual textbooks.

u/rayleighscattered · 3 pointsr/StudentNurse

HaHa! When I read your title I wondered if you were talking about my school, but after reading your post I've realized that sadly I'm apparently not the only one who thinks their school sucks. (As background, I'm an adult female in my early thirties with a former unrelated 8 year career plus an additional 8 years as a parent behind me. I am not a whiner or crybaby by any means.)

About my school

disorganization: check
I don't think the staff who are in nursing education (at my school these are all nurses who were out in the field for 15, 20, 30+ years), are very educated about the modern software and systems for technology based teaching. They can do the basics, but were either not taught specifics/alterations, or don't care to learn. Truthfully, I am not sure they even realize how hard it is to navigate the things they post or just how much they are missing the user-friendly mark. I always have to go searching for power points because they are hidden in folders or at the bottom of the list one week and at the middle the next week.

  • graduation rates:check
    As a whole, my classmates are all worried about how much this program sucks. The terrible graduation and NCLEX pass rates are hidden on the college website.

    I have decided there is no reasonable alternative available to me. The nearest school has hours that don't work for me and costs a lot more. I am supplementing the crappy textbook by buying others and using youtube and the web to find better content to study. I find there is a lot more information for me that way. I am better with visual/auditory learning anyway, but obviously everyone isn't.

  • conflicting information:check
    So the book we are required to use is bordering on outdated, but the bigger problem might be that it contained a lot of mistakes at printing time. We are required to defer to the textbook when taking exams in class. The staff is careful to keep reminding us that even if there is newer information we have to give the answers in the textbook. Naturally they also helpfully point out that the NCLEX will not be based on our shitty book. So along with learning the wrong information in order to pass the exams, you need to be studying the right information because that's what you'll need to pass the NCLEX and get your license. Completely backwards and foolish to be trying to learn and forget inaccurate info, but that's just what I've come to be accustomed to for the duration.

  • conflicting info taught by lab instructors:nope
    If anything like this comes up, the whiny kids complain rudely out loud during class. The proper way to do it would be to compose an email outlining the specific differences in technique asking for clarification. The email would be addressed to both lab instructors, the course coordinators (who may or may not be the lecture or lab instructor), as well as CC'd to the director of nursing. Everything in nursing says "If it isn't written down it didn't happen." Documentation is important when asking for clarification because it shows you were respectful and have genuine/valid concerns or questions. Hopefully, it also requires them to respond to you in a similar respectful manner. In addition, I would hope that the CC of the director of Nursing Education for your school would keep the correspondence civil and respectful.

  • Disrespect from instructors/staff:nope
    The only disrespect I've really come across has come from students with entitled attitudes. These are adults too, so it has been mind boggling. The instructors typically have responded to disrespect with....disrespect.
    As a grown adult this is bizarre to witness, but I'm chalking it up to practice for when I'm a nurse and I may encounter these same types as coworkers or managers.

    I have a huge problem with what you are saying is happening and do not appreciate being treated that way myself. Unfortunately I don't know what to advise about that. I had an issue with a secretary for the program, but I managed to come out of it ok because it wasn't an instructor and I just try my hardest to avoid contact with her.

    I imagine if you really feel like there is mistreatment going on, you could be creative about it. I always ask for permission to record at the first class. If these instructors are allowing you to record their classes, you'd have proof of their unprofessional attitudes. The problem is, you need to get through these classes and get your degree so you can test for your license. Politics are a nightmare and I am sure you already learned that in your time serving with the Marines.

    I've firmly made my own decision to make the best out of the crap that comes from my school. I try to anticipate the random problems and make due with plowing through to get to the other side. Obviously your foundations on care and the workings of the body need to be solid, but I believe a lot of nursing is learned through practice and observation. I am trying to gain as much of that as I can while also reading books like the Silvestri NCLEX review and other unassigned texts and videos. Just make sure you study the specifics of your program for exams when they differ from your supplemental resources.

    Take care and don't get too discouraged. You aren't the only one. Best wishes with your path toward Nursing and thank you for your service. I appreciate the world we live in and am grateful my kids can be brought up here.
u/ayyyyyyyyyyy2yyylmao · 3 pointsr/medicalschool

Felson's Principles of Chest Roentgenology

Simple, clear, concise. Will teach you to understand how pathology presents on x-rays.

u/Terrible_Detective45 · 3 pointsr/AcademicPsychology

>About half.

Ah, yes, >60% is so rare. As rare as the Hope Diamond.

>And that's this poll.

This "poll" is the APPIC match survey, so it's everyone participating in round one of the match.

Nice try at dismissing data that doesn't agree with your argument. You'll go far in science.

>If you go to actual universities websites and Check around you will see that there are only a handful that are as high as 50% most were in the 20-30% range.

Check Norcross' book.

>There was a thread a while back discussing this with a lot of links and comments from people who choose applicants.

Huh, there's so many threads and links, yet you can't post a single one, but you sure can dismiss the APPIC data I provided. Again, you're quite the scientist.

>Considering most take on 20 or few students and it being hard to get in, . As a BA student your likelihood of getting in is even lower.

Again, the stats don't support your argument. >60% don't have master's degrees prior to admission to doctoral programs, thus their likelihoods of admission were not lower.

>I've never had a professor that got in a PhD program without their masters.

Oh no, you bested me with your anecdotes!

>However I have friends in other fields who have. It seems much more common in other fields. I think that's because there is less competition.
>If you are competing with Msc graduates who have a few published papers and you are just a B.A with some side experience, you aren't going to beat them.

Nice false equivalency there. Clinical programs care less about your master's degree and more about the research you've done. All things being equal, having just a BA vs having a master's degree isn't a tie breaker. It comes down to fit, personal characteristics, and what research ideas you bring to the lab.

Finally, as I've alluded to Norcross' book in the past, I thought I'd quote directly from it:

>A Master’s Degree First?
A common question during our graduate school workshops is whether students should secure a master’s degree before seeking the doctorate. Fortunately, our workshop participants and you realize that no simple answer is possible to such a complex question. Nonetheless, the following are some broad reasons for seeking a master’s degree first.

>Low grade-point average. The vast majority of APA-accredited doctoral programs will not consider applicants with a GPA below 3.0.

>Weak GRE scores. Similarly, most university-based doctoral programs rarely accept bachelor’s-level applicants whose combined Verbal and Quantitative scores fall below 1,000 (or 145 on the revised scale).

>Scarce research or clinical experiences. Doctoral admission committees understandably desire that
you have had some direct experience with those activities you intend to pursue for a lifetime.

>Uncertain career goal. Indecision about your subfield in psychology, or outside of psychology, is a strong indicator for a master’s program initially.

>Late application. Doctoral programs hold to earlier deadlines than do master’s programs, so those students waiting too late to apply will be redirected to master’s programs.

>Terse letters of recommendation. By virtue of late transfer into a university or into the psychology major, some students lack sufficient contact with faculty for them to write positive and detailed letters of recommendation expected by doctoral programs.

>Inadequate coursework in psychology. Doctoral programs require a minimum level of education in the discipline prior to acceptance, typically at least 15 to 18 credits of psychology course work.

>Completing a rigorous master’s program in psychology can correct many of the foregoing impediments to acceptance into a doctoral program. As we describe in Chapter 8, students typically strengthen their grade point average, acquire clinical and research experience, sharpen their career goals, and establish close relationships with faculty during the 2 full-time years of a master’s program. For these and other reasons, many students opt for a master’s degree at one institution before seeking the doctorate at another. Doctoral psychology faculty were surveyed in detail regarding the value of a clinical master’s degree for gaining admission to their programs (Bonifzi, Crespy, & Rieker, 1997). Assuming a good undergraduate GPA and good GREs, the effect of having a master’s degree on the applicant’s chances for admission was negative for 7% of the programs, neutral for 48% of the programs, and positive for 45% of the programs. However, assuming mediocre GPA and mediocre GREs, the effect of having a master’s was more neutral than positive overall. Put another way, it is clearly the applicant’s overall credentials—rather than possession of a master’s degree per se—that carries the day. This same study (Bonifzi et al., 1997) and our own research (Mayne et al., 1994; Norcross et al., 2004) consistently demonstrate that Ph.D. clinical programs hold a positive bias toward baccalaureatelevel applicants. By contrast, Psy.D. clinical, Ph.D. counseling, and Ph.D. school psychology programs view master’s degree recipients more favorably and accept higher proportions of master’s-level applicants. Keep these biases in mind as you consider the selection criteria of graduate schools.

u/qui9 · 3 pointsr/OpiatesRecovery

Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari and In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate are my suggestions.

u/tydalt · 3 pointsr/Portland

At the risk of repeating myself ad nauseam in this thread allow me to suggest "Chasing the Scream" by Johann Hari. It is pretty much regarded as the source regarding this topic.

u/Vierna · 3 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

If I may add my own recommendations to the list as well:

  • Stone Butch Blues is an incredible, slightly heartbreaking, informative, interesting story about growing up trans starting in the (I think) 50s, and deals with gender identity, LGBTQ issues, feminism across the ages, etc. I cannot recommend it highly enough! Another summary is here.

  • Chasing the Scream is a very well-researched look into the 'War on Drugs' and into drug policy, and it's written in a very engaging way. It's incredibly informative and I think everyone should read it, regardless of their personal stance on drugs. (The author has had some credibility issues before, but I believe he did this book after and thus everything is well-backed up).

  • If you like sci-fi, Seveneves is amazing, hard (as in science-y, less so fantasy in space) sci-fi about saving mankind. The key characters are women, and it has some unique ideas.

  • The Laundry Files are fun, easy to read modern fantasy (UK Civil Service meets spy film meets Cthulu?).

  • Finally, Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss are both great fantasy writers. :)
u/crushed_oreos · 3 pointsr/StudentNurse

You can buy the manual, used, from Amazon for less than $10.

Personally, I didn't like it very much.

I used PocketPrep, which is an app that's less than $15.

For the record, I got an 88.

u/shicken684 · 2 pointsr/medlabprofessionals

I did the labce adaptive learning exams. They mimicked the boc pretty well. Just don't get discouraged when you score a 40 or 50% on it. They give you really tough questions. Learn from them. For study guides I really liked the lsu book. It's usually cheaper on the school's website than Amazon.

Clinical Laboratory Science Review: A Bottom Line Approach

u/saraithegeek · 2 pointsr/medlabprofessionals

I used the Bottom Line Approach book with LabCE exam prep. I also had bought the BOC study guide book but didn't find it very helpful.

u/azureoctopus · 2 pointsr/nursing

It's a computer program. It has about 4000 different questions and when in study mode, it provides the correct answers and the rationales. And I don't argue with the rationales the way I have with other programs like PrepU. PrepU is pretty good too though. PrepU is available through Lippencott & Williams. the Saunders program is called Saunders Comprehensive NCLEX review. I bought in my school's bookstore but it's available on Amazon. I have the 5th edition but they have a 6th edition out now. It's a HUGE book but it comes with the CD-ROM and that's what me and my classmates use. Here's the link

u/angrybubble · 2 pointsr/nursing

So I just graduated in June and passed the NCLEX on my first try.

The most helpful tool for me was my Saunders NCLEX study book. It was like the cliff notes to everything I learned in nursing school plus tons of NCLEX style questions in the book and hundreds more in the CD that came with the book. I didn't buy it until just before I graduated to review. I honestly wish I had bought it at the beginning of nursing school because it was such a great resource for learning. I could have used it to review and quiz myself during school as we learned patho and pharmacology and not just for studying the NCLEX. Go to your local book store and look at these books now. Find one you like and get it now. You will use it throughout school and what it teaches will be just as valid when you graduate (as long as the NCLEX doesn't have any major changes which is extremely unlikely as they often go many many years without altering the testing style)

I spent a lot of time on the bus commuting to and from school. I loved NCLEX apps for my phone. It was an easy way to quiz myself while traveling home without lugging heavy books with me. Kaplan, Saunders, ATI, and so many more make apps and many have free trials. Try them see which one appeals to your learning style. I preferred the ATI app but you have plently of great NCLEX apps out there to assist you. You could start doing this in your last 6 months or less if you want and have a smart phone.

Really the most important part of the NCLEX is learning how to answer the questions. Never assume anything. Don't "what if" yourself on questions. ABC. ABC everything on patients. If you need to triage a patient it's always Airway first, Breathing second, Circulation third. Oh you stubbed your toe? Let me check your airway. Sounds dumb but if they aren't breathing then bandaging that toe is not going to help much. If you buy an NCLEX book pay close attention to how it guides you in answering the questions. The test prep guides want you to learn how to answer the question. You know the material but none of that matters if you don't understand how and what the question is asking you.

u/Cannot_afford_a_name · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

No worries and thanks /u/weeza29745!

U world is a mobile app that you can also access on other devices such as your computer (which I like the best becoz it gives easy 'search' option) or an ipad. One time payment gives you an access on ALL devices for a certain time period (around $50 for a month that you can renew for a cheap). There are also other plans for a longer period access, such as yearly, available on their website

It is Uworld NCLEX-RN. They also have PN for LPNs and USMLE for medical students.

Saunders is a comprehensive book that also comes in just 'question&answers' version.
Good luck, my friend!

Here are the sources:


Saunders Comprehensive (there is a new 7th edition in the market I guess that just released); here is 6th Ed:

In case you had lots of priority or delegation questions (which you will get most of the time in NCLEX), both Uworld and the following book are helpful:

Hope it helps

u/dormiveglia · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

Your NCLEX should not cover much of the more advanced critical care questions. The NCLEX trains you to be a generalist. I used this book and chugged through all the computerized practice questions and did just fine!

If you are just looking to further your own knowledge, I'd recommend CCRN study books. Many, like this one that I used for my CCRN exam have online or computerized question banks that are very helpful. However, the vast majority of these questions are going to be much higher-level than those that will be on the NCLEX.

u/spunkmist · 2 pointsr/AskTrollX

Hi, I graduated last May and passed the NCLEX first try. Here's what I did:

Michael Linares videos from Simple Nursing: This guy helped with some of the tougher concepts.

Khan Academy is wonderful for disease processes and anatomy/physiology problems.

Go to the library and check out some NCLEX books, or find some used on Amazon. I recommend the Saunder's and Prioritization, Delegation, and Assignment out of all the ones that I bought. I used these for everything.

Have you heard of ? You can look up tons of flashcards or make your own. There's an app so you can take them with you wherever you go, and it grades you each time you go through them so you can find your weak spots. Spelling counts on the points, and it did on my exams, which helped with some of those tricky words. You can also add pictures to your cards if you want.

I went through the Hurst review after graduation, which was a nice review. It's crazy expensive, and if I did it all over again I probably would have skipped it.

Get comfortable with the math! Go to a tutor if that's something your struggle with, as those are EASY POINTS. There's only one correct answer in math, unlike every other nursing school question.

Remember ABCIS for priority: Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Infection and Safety! Every question you see, imagine if you can only do one thing for your patient. Read the questions carefully and look for key words. I went through and underlined those words. Break it down piece by piece.

I used powerpoints for my notes, as added diagrams and videos help me. You can also search easily for information when you are reviewing.

Good luck, and don't forget to breathe!

u/Late_80s · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

When I took the CRNE this past June, I bought this NCLEX guide. I found the summaries super useful and concise. The only downsides were converting stuff like lab values (particularly blood glucose) and knowing different cultural aspects for Canada instead of the US. Along with this, I used the CNA prep guide as you suggested as well. These two books were my primary study materials and I passed my exam. Of course, make sure you do what works for you in terms of studying! I was never a note-writing, chart-making or a group study type - I just read the information until it makes sense to me because I know that's how I study best.

Great advice in your post, thanks for taking the time to write it all!

u/sevenbeef · 2 pointsr/medicalschool

I like these programmed texts too and know of two:

Sidman's Neuroanatomy: A Programmed Learning Tool

Felson's Principles of Chest Roentgenology, A Programmed Text, 4e

u/Dvalentiner · 2 pointsr/AcademicPsychology

Your plan sounds reasonable. A couple of years experience teaching would be valuable and look good on an application. I have heard that this is a good book on the topic:

Good luck!

u/dont_you_hate_pants · 2 pointsr/AcademicPsychology

To add to your second point, I'd check out The Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology as a more comprehensive guide to available programs. When I talk to prospective graduate students about choosing a clinical psych doctoral program, I tell them to look at

  1. Cohort size - the smaller the better. Most PhD programs will have 5-7 students, while I've seen PsyD programs vary from 10-100+.

  2. APA internship match rates - as close to 100% as possible. Due to the proliferation of for-profit schools with large cohort sizes, there are currently more students applying for internship than there are APA accredited internship spots in the U.S. Internship is important for licensure and some positions (e.g. federal) will not hire you without completing an APA accredited internship. Also quality of training at a non-accredited site can vary extremely.

  3. EPPP pass rate - closer to 100% the better. EPPP is the national licensure test for psychologists. While it is difficult since it covers a wide variety of domains in psychology, including I/O psych which isn't covered in most clinical programs, good doctoral programs will have prepared their students well enough that their collective pass rates should be very high.

  4. When you begin getting face-to-face hours with clients. In order to be competitive for many internship sites, you need to accrue a certain amount of intervention and assessment hours. Some programs backload the clinical portion of their training into the last 2 years, which is not preferable. Good programs will start you seeing clients in some form pretty early on (1-2 years in).

  5. Stipend/Scholarship/Financial aid opportunities - PhD programs are typically funded, but you must publish or perish as recompense. For those not research inclined, that can be quite intimidating. Most PsyD programs do not fund tuition, although there are a fair amount that offer some form of scholarship. I've even seen a PsyD program (University of Denver) offer a full ride to someone. Any kind of financial assistance you can get for a PsyD program is great, since PsyD programs will typically run at least 20k per year.
u/Rapn3rd · 2 pointsr/AcademicPsychology

Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Was recommended by a Prof and it details everything you need to know to get started on graduate school stuff. It's seriously worth the investment, it will answer so many questions. Worth nothing this is primarily focused on the States with some minor focus on Canada. If you don't plan on studying in North America, the general info will still be helpful but a lot of it is about the individual programs.

u/DoctorProbable · 2 pointsr/AcademicPsychology

A Ph.D. is indeed often (although not always) a research degree, but Ph.D.s are trained as clinicians (and generally don't pay tuition for graduate school). I am a clinical Ph.D., and I work with patients.

An MSW or any of the other paths to clinical licensure are also clinical degrees.

I would encourage you to look at all of the possibilities before you commit to a specific path. See if your library has this book.

u/FallFromEden · 2 pointsr/AcademicPsychology

There are 2 resources I'd like to refer to you which helped me a lot in my own process.

The Insiders Guide to Programs in Clinical Psych

This PDF

u/DuffThePsych · 2 pointsr/Neuropsychology

They look at the whole package. Obviously more competitive programs will be... more competitive. So if your gpa is lacking, you will want to make up for it with practical experience, research participation etc.

There was a book that really helped me out quite a bit when I was applying. I would really suggest getting it as it totally walks you through step by step.

u/fivehundredpoundpeep · 2 pointsr/lostgeneration

Racism is running some of the show, where people chose their own demise. This is where the propaganda machine, pushed the idea welfare is for "those people".

u/adenocard · 2 pointsr/ems

No problem, I'm glad it was helpful!

This is the book we used in school. I would say it is pretty advanced as far as EMS goes, but if you're think you're up for it, this could be an excellent read for a paramedic looking to really focus on cardiac pathophysiology. Make sure you've got the basics down first, then try it out.

u/stankind · 2 pointsr/neutralnews

A printed version just for you: Chasing the Scream.

"Most dangerous" might or might not have been a slight exaggeration on my part, but not much. As for how things change when a substance is legalized, Chasing the Scream will tell you all about how and why use of heroin and other drugs has plummeted since becoming legal in Portugal.

u/kenmacd · 2 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

It seems your questions are rather leading, so I'm going to throw an opinion out here, and take it or leave it.

Personally I'd much rather see the market flooded with pharmaceutical-grade opiates. The cost to society is much lower.

Look at the deaths around fentanyl, why do they happen? It's because of reduced supply. If supply is low then you have to smuggle in more. If you're going to smuggle you'd rather do it with the product that's is 1/10th the size. When alcohol is made illegal no one is brewing a light-beer.

This is the reason that W-18 will be making the news more soon.

Or look at the crime around opiates. If you give someone free opiates then they can become a functional member of society, build connections to the community, and stop consuming. If instead they're worried just about how to get their next fix then they're breaking in to cars.

Please give this some thought and be skeptical the next time you hear talk about more searches at borders and tighter prescription regulations. They all amount to reducing supply.

If you'd like an interesting counter-point to the war on drugs you may be interested in taking a flip though:

u/cdglove · 2 pointsr/canada

You should read the book "Chasing the Scream". It's makes a very very good argument against prohibition. You won't look at the drug problem the same again.

u/Derpahontas · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

I used this book as a study guide for the TEAS V. It was extremely helpful. I dropped out of school at age 16, and went back for my GED a few years later. Took my TEAS V last year, about 7 years since I'd had any kind of schooling. Passed with flying colors. The nursing coordinator told me I scored the highest in math of anyone who had taken the test, which made me feel really good, because I hadn't done real schoolwork in so long.

This book is all you need. Just study it, and study it hard.

u/tziy · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

Take as many practice tests as possible. You will learn that's the best way to pass ATI (if your nursing school uses it) as well haha.

I personally just used this:

I got a 94. I would recommend reading over each section's rationale, there will be similar types of questions on the actual test. I also would recommend it only because I hadn't taken some of the classes for a while, so it was a nice refresher.

u/HeftyCharlie · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

I used two books from amazon and since they have a great return policy I actually returned them before the date and got my money back. They were really good and some questions were the same or very similar. I searched the web and used pretty much all the free resources I could. These are the books I used:

I think that they were both really good books. I used a lot of online sources too but I really think the book practice tests were the best.

Out of curiosity are you applying to Samuel Merritt?

u/JenSueWoo · 2 pointsr/StudentNurse

there are multiple practice exam books available on When I was studying for the exam, i used the TEAS Review Manual, Version 5.0 (ATI, Study Manual for the Test of Essential Academic Skills(TEAS))
I did well enough on my first try to be admitted to the nursing program at my college.

here is a link to the book i used on amazon

u/0valtine_Jenkins · 2 pointsr/intj

I'm not going to be able to give this argument the clarity it deserves, but I will say just because I lack clarity does not mean that my argument is invalid. I based it off of my memory of this book that I would suggest to everyone that wants a child. This is just a book, not something that will automatically change your mind or anything, but it changed mine along with Albert Camus' work. I agree with the idea that we should try to enjoy the time we have, but don't bring someone else into it. Enjoy yourself while causing others as little suffering as possible

u/SomeIrishGuy · 2 pointsr/askphilosophy

I haven't read it, but a recent book on this subject is Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence by David Benatar.

Notre Dame Philosophical Review has a review of it here.

u/theZeeBird · 2 pointsr/antinatalism
u/Bukujutsu · 2 pointsr/BlackPeopleTwitter

The strongest influence on anti-natalism in modern times is a book published in 2006, written by a Cape Town professor of philosophy David Benatar. He explicitly names his philosophy as antinatalism. Its title is:

Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence:

u/goiken · 2 pointsr/vegan

I think the (difficult) discussion about fetal sentience is mostly besides the point. Even if one is to subscribe to sentience as a sufficient criterion for basic rights’ attribution, most meaningful theories would still maintain, that rights can be overridden by other rights in certain circumstances, particularly if one rights-holder poses a threat to another. Arguably the situation of pregnancy could be understood as such a scenario thus rendering abortions per se as permissible -- even if fetuses had full basic rights qua sentience.

As of the "right to die"-discussions, I never really got the point of them. There might be some obligations that one has towards their community, that are frustrated if someone commits (assisted) suicide, but how well could one live up to these obligations anyways, if one has formed an honest and reflected wish to die?

And I think Singer’s not helpful to further a discussion about rights, because he’s not really interested in rights.

Also one of the more neglected questions, about reproductive ethics is the one raised by David Benatar: Couldn’t coming into existence be a harm to the one who does? You might think this is true, if and only if misanthropy is true, but his argument for the propostion that it’s better never to have been is pretty consistent with simultaneously asserting that most human life is actually worth living.

u/SaintBio · 2 pointsr/changemyview
u/kreco · 2 pointsr/france

Un bouquin anti-nataliste qui est pas trop mal si t'as le courage. Rien que le titre donne bien le ton.

u/breathfromanother · 2 pointsr/NCLEX
u/ccameron · 2 pointsr/socialism

Not socialist by any stretch, yet brutally accurate:Paul Fussell's "Class." Here is that Amazon link but purchase it somewhere else. Better yet, use a library : )

u/jaghataikhan · 2 pointsr/slatestarcodex

I'm not done with it yet, and some of it may be outdated, but I'm rather liking Paul Fussell's Class:

u/Agnos · 2 pointsr/politics

Yes, and it is up to us in part to burst their bubble. This book gives an insight (even if dated) Class: A Guide Through the American Status System

u/ToiletFistMastadon · 2 pointsr/starterpacks

Really, the mistake you are making is thinking that class is thinking that income is how class is solely defined. It is more accurate to describe it through ways of thinking and "taste". Money does drive these differences in culture between classes, but it is not the defining difference. Ever hear the term "New Money"? (Usually as an insult) It is referring to a person who is culturally a lower class but came into upper class levels of money. They tend to be very flashy and gaudy and have no idea how to handle their money.

The upper middle class, culturally, extends quite a bit above what you think of as upper class in terms of incomes. Upper class family are generally not working professionals though some might be (but only because they want to be). They are not the CEOs even, unless they want to be. They are the people with enough money that the interest on their investments alone allow them to live luxuriously. They are the much vaunted capitalists.

Here is a good read on the subject, if a bit tongue in cheek:

u/martoo · 2 pointsr/

Not quite. Middle class is a frame of mind, an attitude toward self and others. See Paul Fussell's book Class for details.

u/PuzzlePirate · 2 pointsr/ForeverAlone

> Perhaps I expected too much. I had been led to believe that having a good body was enough to make up for myriad flaws

I'm surprised this doesn't at least get you women showing some interest or first dates.

I'll take a stab at this and say you probably come from the upper class? Maybe went to some expensive private school? If you did, are you still around people of similar background? The point being, those in the upper class have a different culture than those in the middle and those in the middle different from the lower class. If you're spending time, for whatever reason such as job, around those of a different class this can create problems due to cultural clash.

This old book talks about the differences in how the American classes live, if you're interested in finding out more.

u/thraz · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Its referenced in Class: A Guide Through the American Status System. Its tacky no matter where you place it

u/laschy · 2 pointsr/neuro

If you're looking for some basic neuroscience (which you'll definitely need in neural engineering - I was looking into doing it as well), then I highly recommend Neuroscience 3D: Exploring the brain. It's a really good beginner-medium text book, that covers everything from how EEGs work, to how individual neurons communicate with each other to brain disorders.
Here's a link:

Source: I'm a neuroscience student and that textbook is prescribed for most of my courses

u/Mathopus · 2 pointsr/neuroscience

My focus is theoretical neuroscience, but even still the best resource I found was taking an actual class. I took Introductory to Neuroscience from UC Extension in California. Other then that I also followed the course material from:

I also have read:
Principles of Neural Science, Fifth Edition (Principles of Neural Science (Kandel)) Although, I think it would be dense to start with that.

I really like the book from my introductory course:
Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain,

The coursera course on Computational Neuroscience was interesting and if you are CS I highly suggest it as a way to get interested in the field.

Other then that I use Google scholar search to find papers about subjects I am interested in and read those. Currently doing a lot of reading in spare representation.

u/IceBearLikesToCook · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

If you want the 'biggest head start', sad but true answer is a textbook. Preferably a used old edition of one. for example

Behave by Robert Sapolsky is usually the book I see here recommended when brain science comes up, though.

u/ahmah-dayus · 2 pointsr/AcademicPsychology

My SO uses this!

Edit: The 5th edition, my bad.

u/TheKnightsGambit · 2 pointsr/neuroscience

Principles of Neural Science by Kandrl et al.

As someone who studies neuro and works in neuro I can safely say this tome is my bible. It is huge, 37 bucks new because it is an old edition, one of the few textbooks I'd call well written, and has huge listings of primary lit to read for each chapter. It's not primarily for entertainment like most of the books I've seen put here. Man, it is worth its substantial weight in gold. If you actually want to learn, and a diverse amount in the field, get this. If you ever get stuck on points the internet is a truly amazing resource. However, this book is so well written I doubt that will happen often.

u/musicalwoods · 2 pointsr/neuro

Med student here. I honestly can't say whether this is layman enough, but reading through the clinical cases made this subject a lot more enjoyable.


u/spenceredelstei · 2 pointsr/neuroscience

Blumenfeld's book is generally really good for that kind of stuff.

u/Zephryl · 2 pointsr/Neuropsychology

Blumenfeld's Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Cases is the classic text, and deservedly so.

The Human Brain Coloring Book is a fun, but surprisingly educational and detailed, resource.

u/Medicine4u · 2 pointsr/medicalschool

This is one of the few textbooks I recommend students actually purchase and read. It's phenomenal and made neuroanatomy my favorite class during M1 year. The reviews don't lie

u/ghaleys_comet · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

If you want to spend some money, is a perfect resource. This was our textbook for neurobio in college and I still find myself referencing it. It's possible you could find the PDF somewhere online, I haven't looked. If you have a little background in cell bio, this would be a great place to start learning.

Beyond that, I agree with the suggestions of /u/Hypercuboid and /u/Noobsessed.

If you are getting information off of forums (about pathways, interactions, etc.), make sure you do your own research, ask for or check sources, and try to understand the mechanisms. Wikipedia rabbit holes can sometimes help with this in the beginning, and can provide you with reliable sources/resources to follow up on. Keep in mind that the answers are almost always not as simple as people portray them. Many MOAs are not fully understood, especially with nootropics. That's why some refer to these substances as RCs and us as guinea pigs; because, in large part, that is true.

u/audiorek · 2 pointsr/neuro

My school typically recommends Bear's textbook for systems-level information and Purves' Neuroscience for cellular stuff. I prefer Purves because it actually covers both subjects and it goes more in-depth on the molecular topics!

u/TheCardsharkAardvark · 2 pointsr/ems
u/PolishMedic · 2 pointsr/NewToEMS

A "BART" (Basic Arrhythmia Recognition Training) course is not common in EMS fields(at least in my area). I've seen a couple in-hospital so "transfer staff" can move patients between floors without escorts.

In EMS its kinda 'black and white' either you 'need to know' or 'don't need to know' ECG rhythms.

As for the class, it's an entry level class so they shouldn't require any prep but check out "life in the fast lane" link below if you want to explore more.

If you wanna go real deep, check out the Dale Dubin book.

If I may ask, whats your reason for taking this class?

u/RNthrowaway12345 · 2 pointsr/nursing

Rapid Interpretation of EKG's: Dr. Dubin's Classic, Simplified Methodology for Understanding EKG's

u/SkpticlTsticl · 2 pointsr/medicalschool

This is the classic introduction to EKG interpretation:

u/MedicUp · 2 pointsr/ems

I think Learn Rhythm adult is a good way to get started, but certainly pick up an introduction to EKG type book. People love Dale Dubin's EKG book (albeit he has a pretty sketchy background...) so you'll find a lot of people referring it.

If I recall though the Learn: Rhythm Adult course only covers 3-lead EKGs, and for a tech position you do want to learn a bit about 12 leads. The Physio Control 12 Lead made Easy program was fairly decent if I remember correctly.

u/davedavedavedavedave · 2 pointsr/nursing

Get yourself this book, too. It's helped me a great deal but I still get MDs to interpret EKGs for me.

u/butthurtinvestor · 2 pointsr/investing
u/putarushondabus · 2 pointsr/ems

I've got two sites...

The best site to tell you what criteria you need for each rhythm is probably ECGpedia.

The next site I would recommend is really just a compilation of all the best ECG websites on the internet...Life in the Fast Lane ECG references

Also, some may disagree, but I think Rapid Interpretation of ECGs by Dale Dubin is the perfect book to start with.

u/Andy5416 · 2 pointsr/ems

Rapid EKG Interpretation. Easy read and it will help you so much. It's got pictures in every page so it's perfect for us slow people.
Rapid Interpretation of EKG's, Sixth Edition

u/P51Mike1980 · 2 pointsr/nursing

I have quite a few suggestions.

Specifically for nurses:

  1. Schaum's Outline of Emergency Nursing: 242 Review Questions - Not my favorite one, but it serves as an ok reference.

  2. Emergency Nursing Made Incredibly Easy - Love this one.

  3. Saunders Nursing Survival Guide: Critical Care & Emergency Nursing - I like this one because it touches ICU as well as ER nursing.

    The following books are more for med students and MD's but I believe as nurses we need to understand rationales behind what MD's do, so these are good references:

  4. Case Files Emergency Medicine - Goes over a number of cases involving common complaints seen in the ER, assessment findings, treatments, etc for those cases. By far my favorite book in my ER Library.

  5. Emergency Medicine Secrets - doesn't have case studies like the book above, but goes more in detail about common and uncommon complaints seen in the ER.

    Miscellaneous books:

  6. Rapid Interpretation of EKG's - as an ER nurse you'll need to constantly interpret the EKG of patients that are on the cardiac monitor to bring any changes to the attention of the MD. It really helps if you can identify those rhythms and this book is really easy to understand.

    Also consider subscribing to some journals. I'm subscribed to a few of them.

  7. The Journal of Emergency Nursing

  8. Nursing2016 Critical Care

  9. Nursing2016

    I'm an ER medicine nerd, so I love reading this stuff but by no means do you need to have all these books. I just enjoy learning as much as I can about EM.
u/JBLA · 2 pointsr/medlabprofessionals

LabCE, Success in Clinical Lab Science, and the BOC book. I also had this book from Louisiana State University. It's very bare bones, but it's written in a way that helps you remember key information. I found it very useful.

u/OtherSideReflections · 1 pointr/AskReddit

>From a purely rational perspective, existence is all that you really have. A mind that can perceive suffering is still a mind, and infinitely more valuable than a rock. It would definitely be irrational for me to choose to simply stop existing.

If you actually think that it would be worth it to spend all eternity having a power drill driven into your skull simply so that you could exist, we have nothing more to discuss. Your view of rationality, or existence, or something is apparently so diametrically opposed to mine that we would simply be talking past each other. We'll have to agree to disagree.

By the way, you should check out antinatalism, particularly David Benatar's book Better Never to Have Been. It would probably make your head explode.

u/tesfts · 1 pointr/atheism

>So ethically, we could abort every foetus on the grounds that they would have no frame of reference to object to it? It would certainly ensure nobody had to suffer.

That makes sense to me.

u/IceRollMenu2 · 1 pointr/vegan

>Nobody's saying "we need more abortions! Abortions are great!"

Well actually…

u/DarkSummit90 · 1 pointr/todayilearned

This would just reinforce the idea that some people shouldn't be allowed to have kids.

u/DonMcRon · 1 pointr/samharris

If you haven't already read it,
'Better Never to Have Been' by David Benatar,
is a very thought provoking book on the subject.

u/Leon_Art · 1 pointr/TooAfraidToAsk

> your determination to catapult this question I had into a debate … Instead of hopping on to assume the worst about mothers who may have a question to ask another

I don't want to catapult this into a debate. I was just interested in the answer to my question. And I don't know why you think I assume the worst, far from it. I'm just wondering why you'd not be interested in a dad's perspective on this question. I don't think it's similar to asking about "how come I have erectile dysfunction?" - and even so, there are plenty of female sexologists that have a 100x better answer than any random dude.

> I do feel asking other mothers about their experiences was warranted due to the hormonal aspects involved

Thanks, I can get that, I guess that could make it more likely for women/moms while men/dads can have the same experience. know, that answer was basically all I was wondering about. Other people have tried to turn this into a debate.

Have you heard of David Benatar's "Better Never to Have Been: The Harm Of Coming Into Existence", I also found it after the fact. Perhaps you might find that interesting.

u/skadefryd · 1 pointr/changemyview

Believe it or not, there is a fairly well-defended philosophical thesis somewhat similar to your defense of anti-natalism, although the position it takes is possibly even more extreme.

The short version is: Failing to bring a person into existence means that they do not experience certain benefits, but a person who is not brought into existence cannot be said to be deprived of such benefits. However, a person who is brought into existence experiences serious harms that otherwise would not have befallen them at all. Thus, even if beneficial experiences outweigh harmful ones in the end (as you concede they might), the harm incurred in bringing someone into existence is always greater.

The name of the book is Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence by David Benatar.

edit, since I've apparently violated rule 1: Why would consent be important? In our society, we regularly entrust legal guardians with the power to give consent on behalf of family members or loved ones who cannot legally consent.

u/Sich_befinden · 1 pointr/askphilosophy

David Benatar is pretty well known for explicitly arguing that having children is unethical (see his *Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence)

Peter Singer is phenomenal for his breadth of topics, he does discuss the ethics of overpopulation and consumption fairly regularly (see this little speech or his book The Life You Can Save: How to Do Your Part to End World Poverty).

Other than that, as TychoCelchuuu suggests, the SEP is a good place to start.

u/Pyrogenesis · 1 pointr/philosophy

First, join VHEMT (wiki because website is down) and then read this book.

u/FliedenRailway · 1 pointr/changemyview
u/willowoftheriver · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

A book you might be interested in: Better to Never Have Been

u/blodulv · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I read Better Never to Have Been (which is not pro-suicide but rather anti-natal, but comes across as bleak if you haven't encountered the argument before) and immediately afterward picked up Dawkins' Unweaving the Rainbow. It was the perfect emotional counterpoint, if not a perfect logical one (to Benatar's argument at least).

u/afrohads · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

David Benetar would argue the exact opposite and makes a very thorough case for it (from a materialist world viewpoint).

u/GiantWindmill · 1 pointr/tifu

If you want to research the different stances yourself, you can look up anti-natalism in general. Personally, I subscribe to David Benatar's idea (taken from summary of this [book] (

>David Benatar argues that coming into existence is always a serious harm. Although the good things in one's life make one's life go better than it otherwise would have gone, one could not have been deprived by their absence if one had not existed. Those who never exist cannot be deprived.

u/flickdigger · 1 pointr/atheism

On existence:
One of the premisses for Harris' argument is that existence is preferable to non-existence. The opposite view, that non-existence is preferable in all cases (even though this seems counter intuitive at first glance) is debated at great length in philosophy.

In David Benatar's book Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence, for instance, he argues that coming into existence is always a serious harm, regardless of the feelings of the existing being once brought into existence. A consequence of this view, is that death in itself is a "positive state" compared to existence.

From Amazon reviews:
> His argument rests on an intuitive asymmetry between the 'good' that is the 'absence of pain', and the 'not bad(ness)' (or neutralness) that is the 'absence of pleasure'. His argument also turns on the distinction between two ways of talking about 'a life worth living'. We can (and ought to) separate our ideas on 'a life worth starting' from 'a life worth continuing'. This is very important. Where as some lives may be worth continuing (he agrees most are) NO life is worth starting. If i come down with a painful condition i may consider my life to still be worth continuing. However if i am faced with the choice whether to create a being who has such a condition it is As all life contains guaranteed harm the interests of a conceivable person are best served by not creating them.His argument rests on an intuitive asymmetry between the 'good' that is the 'absence of pain', and the 'not bad(ness)' (or neutralness) that is the 'absence of pleasure'. His argument also turns on the distinction between two ways of talking about 'a life worth living'. We can (and ought to) separate our ideas on 'a life worth starting' from 'a life worth continuing'. This is very important. Where as some lives may be worth continuing (he agrees most are) NO life is worth starting. If i come down with a painful condition i may consider my life to still be worth continuing. However if i am faced with the choice whether to create a being who has such a condition it is As all life contains guaranteed harm the interests of a conceivable person are best served by not creating them."

On suffering:
A theist's best response to Harris' argument is that we do not know the full scope of things, and sometimes suffering is necessary to allow for good, like a doctor prescribing bad tasting medicine.

Let's assume it is the the case that God offers eternal happiness after we die. You then live in this superorgasmic state for 90 million years. Then a reporter ask you how bad the stuff that happened to you on earth was in the full scope of things.

Even in a case where you were tortured for all your life on earth, the suffering on earth will seem like something equivalent to you looking back now and remembering the suffering you experienced when you fell playing basketball as a kid. If you feel you have a good life now, was the suffering you felt that day in the basketball court worth it?

For some theists the time scope is eternity, so suffering on earth is completely insignificant.

u/askredant · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

Saunders Comprehensive NCLEX Review. This book only provides basic information about each topic without going too much in depth, so it's kind of more useful if you've already been introduced to the content in lecture. If you buy the book new it comes with an online database of practice questions and rationales which are EXTREMELY helpful. It might be difficult to study before going to school because you don't know what you have to study and you haven't been introduced to nursing school style questions, but this book is really helpful once you're in school and I should provide you the organization that you want.

Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN® Examination, 7e (Saunders Comprehensive Review for Nclex-Rn)

u/DinoDipShit · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

I got a Saunders NCLEX Review Book that I think is very easy to read and covers the most important topics as well. It also comes with online Evolve resources which is cool!

Also OP, I just want to emphasize what u/nursingthr0w said and READ THE RATIONALES!!! I used to try to power through practice questions by skipping the rationales and then would kick myself because I would still get many questions wrong! Don’t waste your time like I did!

u/Granch · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

The book you linked is great. It is the one recommended by my instructor as well, as this one The book you linked is smaller and more direct and has "hesi hints" which are very helpful. The book I linked has questions at the end of every section but the hesi book you linked does not. Both books have online sections as well on the Evolve website. The book I linked is much more detailed and comprehensive for its online portion; literally thousands of questions. The best bang for your buck is probably the one I linked but if you can afford it, buy both. On my mid-year med/surg HESI exam I scored a 955 and I actually just took my year end med/surg HESI exam today and did very well with a score of 1115. I studied for both using mostly the book I linked. I guarantee you will pass your exam if you spend sufficient time in either of these books.

u/JLynWhat · 1 pointr/StudentNurse
u/nukedukem92 · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

Not OP, but I just started Nursing school this week. Is this the book you're talking about? I'm interesting in buying it also

u/VulpeculaVincere · 1 pointr/SubredditDrama

The term Gen X comes from Douglas Coupland's novel Generation X which came out in 1991 but was about twenty somethings:

The X in Generation X actually is a reference to Paul Fussell's humorous book about class: Class: A Guide Through the American Status System which claimed there was a category X that stood outside of normal class divisions. We'd call them hipsters now. Coupland pointed out that what Fussell described as a kind of classless bohemianism was actually pretty typical for the entire Gen X generation.

I'm sure all this would seem pretty quaint to millennials, but seemed fairly trenchant when it came out. In any case, you could try to throw the Gen Y kids into the Gen X category, but they are pretty distinct based on the fact that they do generally come from broken homes while the older Gen X'ers do not.

I'll just add that I think we Gen X'ers grew up in a time when many things seemed fixed and immutable, particularly institutions, and it felt like opportunities were incredibly limited because of this. Power was pretty well concentrated in corporate hands, including media power. The Cold War was a fixed and omnipresent part of our childhood. If you read Coupland's book, you'll see a lot of precursors to the current millennial pessimism. We really felt like we didn't have a chance in the economy. Sadly, we were far better off than the millennials as, at the very least, we weren't as a generation saddled with really significant college debt.

I think at least for the Gen Y'ers I know who were admittedly early to the internet there was and is a lot more optimism about opportunity just because the internet was clearly a disruptive force for all the major institutions of my youth. Their entry into the world as adults was coupled with a new set of jobs and a radical remaking of the media landscape. I'm sure that is to some extent locale specific, of course, as it hit the creative coasts first and started having an impact elsewhere later.

u/Grampong · 1 pointr/JordanPeterson

The True Believer Eric Hoffer

Class Paul Fussell

u/sarcastic_smartass · 1 pointr/funny

Ah cool, a referral link.

EDIT: Here is the link without the referral tag in case people don't feel like rewarding folks for posting ad links :

Short version: it's a book that has the shocking revelation that people of similar interests coupled with income levels tend to socialize with each other. Pretty revolutionary stuff, if you are into the idea that wearing certain colors makes someone better than someone else.

u/afedupamerican · 1 pointr/AskTrumpSupporters

A lot of what I have to say would be cribbed from Paul Fussell's book Class ( And yes, it does factor into my evaluation of Trump.

One point you miss here is old money does not see itself as leeching money, but rather they are being rewarded handsomely for bringing benefit to all (I'm describing their view of themselves). They see new money like Trump as grubbing and leeching that is beneath them.

u/goldishblue · 1 pointr/trashy

People go to college, dress well and are on time.

Class is sublime. Class is what makes us "better" than animals. Class is what can't be bought, it has to be earned.

I've read quite a few books on class and they're fascinating, I highly recommend this one also

u/thelasian · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

They mostly drive solid older cars, the exception being the Saudi prince types who go around in Lamborghinis etc

>Also, most consultants/lawyers/wealth managers

Indeed, they are newly rich or need to appeal to the newly-rich.

I guess it isn't about wealth per se but whether you're old money or new money. There is a great funny little book about this, the author also points out that your class status is inversely proportional to the amount of writing visible on your clothes

u/Independent · 1 pointr/AskAnAmerican

> It goes with our affectation of a society without class distinctions. Whether we really lack class distinctions is another matter.

Affectation is the right word. I highly recommend Paul Fussell's book Class to any that think the US doesn't have defined and inferred status systems. It gives a funny and irreverent look to the topic of the social classes in the US.

u/Redditor_on_LSD · 1 pointr/Drugs

Campbell Biology 8th edition. Get is used, it's only a few bucks.

Neuroscience; exploring the brain is also a great book that goes far more in-depth. The first part of the book is devoted to the very basics of biology and cell structure following the same foundation as any other biology book.

u/VorpalSponge · 1 pointr/askscience

I agree completely, Kandel's book is definitely my favorite neuroscience text. For a more undergraduate level introduction Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain by Mark Bear et al. and Neuroscience by Dale Purves et al. are good starting places.

u/Matrix_Ender · 1 pointr/neuroscience

The textbook Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain by Mark Bear could be a great start: Some books for the general public such as David Eagleman's The Brain or Rita Carter's Mapping the Brain are good too (although they might be too easy for you given that you are a med student).

As for brain mapping, not sure if you are talking about connectome or the Blue Brain Project?

u/gocougs11 · 1 pointr/neuro

As others have mentioned, Bear's Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain (can get used very cheap here)

As a much lighter read I'd recommend Iversen's Intro to Neuropsychopharmacology. You can read the whole thing in a few weeks, and it is a good intro to all the neurotransmitter systems and their basic physiology and behavioral effects.

u/WiscoBrainScientist · 1 pointr/neuro

Bear Neuroscience

Used this for my comprehensive exams.

u/Farheen_7cups · 1 pointr/AcademicPsychology

>Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Hey! Thanks for the suggestions. Could you confirm if you are referring to these books?:


    > Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain

u/duatb89 · 1 pointr/science

It was my textbook this past semester for Neurobiology. I absolutely loved it. The things you're probably interested in (motivation, memory, learning, neurogenesis) form the last quarter of the book.

u/allenahansen · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Anymore, the focus is on industrializing the hospice business, making it an adjunct of existing nursing homes, and moving as many bodie$ through the system as possible.

Which is a damned shame. Atul Gawande has a wonderful new book out that discusses end-of-life care in great and compassionate depth. Highly recommended for anyone facing these painful decisions.

u/sacca7 · 1 pointr/AgingParents

I hear you and my heart goes out to you, to all of us.

Read Being Mortal by Atul Gawande before offering to move anyone in. It's not just having another housemate. As people age, especially beyond 80, they regress in ways that aren't obvious until difficult decisions need to be made. So, Nana is cooperative and kind from a distance, but move her in and your life with your SO and family will suffer.

I love my mom, and she's easy going, but if she lived with us it would be very difficult for my husband to unwind at the end of his day and talk openly. Conversation would be rather superficial when not in the privacy of our bedroom.

Again, read that book, your public library probably has it, and good luck. I would like to hear how it goes if you have time (I know it's in the future).

u/reo_sam · 1 pointr/india

Not really.

Chemotherapy is horrible for some patients making them feel even worse than death.

If you can, you should read up Being Mortal. I cannot recommend it enough. It will change your perspective about death, and also about life. Review 1, 2.


> our most cruel failure in how we treat the sick and the aged is the failure to recognize that they have priorities beyond merely being safe and living longer; that the chance to shape one’s story is essential to sustaining meaning in life; and that we have the opportunity to refashion our institutions, culture, and conversations to transform the possibilities for the last chapters of all of our lives.

u/ButGravityAlwaysWins · 1 pointr/PoliticalDiscussion

If anybody is interested in reading on the subject I highly recommend Atul Gawande's "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End"

But if the conversation around the ACA proves anything, if that logic goes out the door when you get an easy signed by like "death panels" and can convince a large number of Americans that the government is actually going to set up a board to decide what kind of Americans live and die.

u/WinterCharm · 1 pointr/offmychest

> I want to live again. I want to go out and enjoy every single minute God gives me here on Earth. I don't want to schedule my day around taking pills, or my week around when I am going to have to go in for an infusion. I am at peace with my choice and I just wish someone understood.

You should share this article with your parents:

Here's an excerpt:

> In 2011, Murray, a retired family practice physician, shared his observations in an online article that quickly went viral. The essay, "How Doctors Die," told the world that doctors are more likely to die at home with less aggressive care than most people get at the end of their lives. That's Murray's plan, too.

And, if they still aren't convinced, have them read this:

In short, I think you made the right choice. Also, read both of those things yourself.

And if anyone tries to guilt you into resuming treatment, tell them they're grasping at false hopes, emotionally manipulating you, and that treatment is miserable, and you don't want to spend what little time you have left being miserable.

If there isn't a cure, there isn't a cure. Everyone's life ends anyways at some point. You have the blessing of knowing that you only have so long left. Make every second count, and tell anyone who thinks otherwise to kindly fuck off.

<3 best of luck OP.

u/hbarSquared · 1 pointr/NeutralPolitics

If you want an excellent read on both the cost and the morality of excessive, interventionist end-of-life care, I can't recommend Atul Gawande's Being Mortal enough. IMO, it's one of the most important books written in the last 5 years.

u/ejpusa · 1 pointr/Alzheimers

Check out this book. Amazing writer. Think you’ll find it interesting.

If you don’t die a fairly painless death from ALZ, you’ll die a painful death from cancer. That’s just what the data says. I’ll take the ALZ path myself.

Eventually the decision will have to made, shut down a children’s vaccination program and divert the $$$s to ALZ research, that’s the issue coming up. What would you do?

The Atlantic Article :

The book:

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

“Beautifully written . . . In his newest and best book, Gawande . . . has provided us with a moving and clear-eyed look at aging and death in our society, and at the harms we do in turning it into a medical problem, rather than a human one.” ―The New York Review of Books

PS. I don’t usually say “Nazi”, you can say the German people. They were just everyday people. Could have been anyone. Just like anyone you or I know.

Thanks for the reply, always enjoy thinking about it all.

u/doderlein · 1 pointr/neuro

The chapter on the basal ganglia and related motor disorders from Eric Kandel et al.'s last edition of Principles of Neural Science has a very nice overview IMO. If you search around the dark corners of the web, I'm sure a .pdf will find you.

u/behnumhabibi · 1 pointr/neuro

I think the best resource for starting out, or for more advanced readers, is Principles of Neural Science by Kandel. You could choose the chapters you're most interested (e.g., embryology and functional anatomy) and read them in any order since each chapter is essentially free-standing. (Source: b.s. in neuroscience + m.d.)

Per amazon: "The book is a feast for both the eye and mind. The richness, the beauty, and the complexity of neuroscience is all captured in"

u/imafarmdog · 1 pointr/Nootropics

Kandel's Principles is a great one, and the textbook I used when I was a TA. You can buy older issues for like $15 shipped

Anything by Oliver Sacks is going to give you a really cool look at individual case studies.

u/atomichumbucker · 1 pointr/neuro

depends on how much time you have... Kandel's text is very thorough, very detailed, and perhaps more than you'll need. Good if you're doing a PhD, or specific research. Way too much to it justice if you only have one semester in an undergrad course.

The first text is pretty common, but does not go into specific details as deeply. Still it gives plenty of information about pathways, reflexes, functions, and such.

If you are studying neuro for clinical reasons, this is a good resource as well.

u/Verapamil123 · 1 pointr/medicalschool

Sketch out all the tracts and do a ton of practice questions. Look at the tracts you draw and imagine lesions at various parts and reason out what the clinical presentations are.

Some good resources are:

Dr Najeeb's videos (Although long but if you have the time, really helpful!) (this book is pretty good too)

u/WinstonSmith123 · 1 pointr/medicine

I'm personally a huge fan of Blumenfeld's Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Cases

u/MrNorc · 1 pointr/TumblrInAction

>There's been evidence that the brain initiates a response prior to the stimulus that would elicit that response occurring. Don't have the study/research at the moment, but it came up when I was studying philosophy. It's interesting if nothing else.

Ironically it is not I who has misunderstood. The OP was referring to the "Phasic responses of DA neurons" and rather than take the time to understand the subject matter...

Practical Guide for Clinical Neurophysiologic Testing

Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases

Neuroanatomy in Clinical Context: An Atlas of Structures, Sections, Systems, and Syndromes

Instead he/she labels the study (which is a work of conjecture) to be 100% factual and the authority on the matter and sees fit to then begin translating this information to another subject entirely. Much in the same way that a motorcycle enthusiastic might try to apply rocket science to his/her craft.

There is a world of difference between practicing science and claiming that you practice science. I was not dismissing a study because it was mentioned in a philosophy class- I was dismissing a study because it was mentioned 'By Philosophers'.

u/plonkydonks · 1 pointr/neuro

I would recommend this book, Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases by Moore. We used it for medical school and I found it particularly useful.

u/pericylic · 1 pointr/medicalschool

Neuroanatomy through clinical cases- Blumenfield

this is THE book for neuroanatomy. I sat down read the whole thing for my neurology clerkship and got 99th percentile on the shelf, wish I had used this thing in first year - its money. Yes its a text book but if you get through it especially the clinical cases at the end of capters , you'll know the foundations cold- all important for anything neuro related that comes after M1 since clinical neurology is pretty tied, unlike alot of the other fields to its groundwork basics.

If you just want to see anatomy anatomy, its got good pics and cross sections too.

u/eatinglotsofcheese · 1 pointr/neuro

People love the text Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases --


You can find it much cheaper on other websites!

u/soggypancake672 · 1 pointr/paramedicstudents

I used Thomas Garcia's 12-Lead ECG: The Art of Interpretation. It goes above and beyond what you are required to know into stuff that is useful to know. It also breaks it down and gives tons of real world examples. This is how I learned EKGs. It might be better to start with something simpler, like Dale Dubin's Rapid Interpretation of EKG's, but I would make sure you know more than the simplistic version presented there.

u/singlelite78 · 1 pointr/nursing

I really liked this book. I found the reading to be much more easier and enjoyable than a textbook...

Also I'll give a second vote to the Skillstat website posted by /u/JemLover

u/WC_Dirk_Gently · 1 pointr/ems

Nancy Caroline's Emergency Care in the Streets is the "national registry" text book. And it's fairly decent. If you read it cover to cover and have half a brain you should pass national registry no problem.

Study whatever your state has published for drug protocols and treatment guidelines.

While I'm sure you saw a lot of EKG's at the hospital you worked at you still need to read Dubin's Rapid Interpretation and should probably get a practice book like Jane Huff's ECG Workout If you actually faithfully do Jane Huffs book cover to cover there is virtually no way you will fail statics or dynamics. And if you faithfully read Dubin's, including all the silly things he makes you do, you'll come out having a good knowledge of EKGs.

u/charlesca · 1 pointr/Cardiology

Read this before/during shadowing (you can find a PDF if you look hard enough). None of it may make any sense but at least you may get some sort of idea of what is going on while shadowing a doc.

Go hang out in /r/premed. Avoid SDN forums.

High school grades/scores do not matter for medical school. Shadowing/volunteer work in high school does not count for medical school applications. Major in something you enjoy in college. Don't be a typical pre-med bio major. Be open minded and don't set your heart on cardiology (hah) as it will likely change when you do 3rd and 4th year medical school rotations.

u/thisbenguy · 1 pointr/ems

18 months ago I completed a B to P class through Good Fellowship in West Chester. Between class and clinicals it required most of your time, but worth it in the end. PM me if you want to know more. Read through Dubin's Rapid Interpretation Book it helped immensely.

u/orthostatic_htn · 1 pointr/askdoctors
u/coffeewhore17 · 1 pointr/ems

This book is pretty helpful, and I like it in particular because it basically does a "physiology pertaining to EKG's for dummies".

And yes, I know that Dubin turned out to be a sex offender and a creep, but the book is still good.

u/singlemaltwhisky · 1 pointr/houston

3 lead or 12 lead?

If only 3 lead buy Rapid Interpretation of EKG's.

You be able to read a 3 lead within a day.

u/oregon_lab_rat · 1 pointr/medlabprofessionals

Like most people are saying below, the labCE questions are harder, but it's nice to practice how the actual test will be (the questions get harder and harder as you go, if you are answering correctly).
Also, as hamstercar11 said below, get the review book "Clinical Laboratory Science: A bottom line approach." ( I literally read that book cover to cover twice and did LabCE for the 2 weeks right before my exam and it was very helpful.

u/Gecko99 · 1 pointr/medlabprofessionals

Clinical Laboratory Science Review: A Bottom Line Approach is a good review book with a lot of helpful tips on remembering difficult-to-memorize facts that you'll need to know.

u/convolute · 1 pointr/medlabprofessionals

This was what I used as well as my professor's notes! Good luck. As for anyone else taking the exam a piece of advice would be to not wait too long after graduating to take it. I had friends who were kicking themselves for waiting so long. I took it three months after I graduated which gave me time to study. I think the ASCP web site also has a list of guidelines on what to study. I will see if I can dig it up for you.

u/kam90 · 1 pointr/nursing

I took it today and finished in 75, getting the "good" pop-up.

Here's what I did:
My school paid for me to take Kaplan. The in-class portion was useless to me, but the most helpful thing were the practice questions. They are set up exactly like the NCLEX (I wish I could show a screen shot, they were identical, right down to the set-up, colors, etc.). This helped me feel more comfortable when I sat down to take it because I felt like I had already seen it before. Kaplan was next to useless for me as far as content review. They did give us an e-book, but I didn't use it. I did about 1000 questions and studied the rationales for every question I got wrong or was unsure of. I kept it all in a notebook and reviewed it daily. I did this for about 3 weeks (starting after the course ended), doing anywhere from 100-200 questions a day.

I used Saunders to review content. It comes with a CD that you can identify strengths/weakness with through a diagnostic exam. Honestly, I didn't go through it completely. I went through the pediatric sections because that was my weakness according to the diagnostic exam, but other than that, I just kind of skipped around, focusing on areas I needed clarification in.

Here's what I wish I had done:
-Actually set up a study plan to review instead of jumping around. I wish I had time to go through the book completely, but it just wasn't feasible. It would have made me feel better going into the exam.
-Bought Lacharity's book and included it in my studying. I did pretty well on delegation, priority, assignment questions, but I still wish I had used this book for some extra practice.

General stuff:
-Know lab values. Some people have no questions on them, but I for one did and was happy I memorized them.
-In addition to multiple choice, do as many alternate-format questions as you can. I hate SATA, but was happy I dedicated a few days to just doing those kind of questions. At least half my exam was SATA. I also got ordered response, graphics, exhibit/chart, so make sure you are familiar with these. Kaplan has some sample tests that are completely SATA/ordered response/computation, and you can pick to do only alternate response items from Saunders' CD.

The day before the exam, try to relax and not get yourself worked up. Do some light reviewing if you must, review lab values one more time but absolutely no hard-core studying because it wont help. Day of, wake up early, have a light breakfast (I was too nervous to really eat), and make sure you get there early so you're not rushed. Don't forget your ATT!

Keep calm. You've completed nursing school and have the knowledge to do this. It is a minimum competency exam; you're not expected to get everything correct.

Good luck!!!

u/DoubleAcesHigh · 1 pointr/nursing

beams That just made me grin and do that little "eeeeeee!" noise. :) I'm glad it made you feel better. It drove me batshit when I heard the "you'll do fine!" In my head I kept saying, "Yeah, YOU think I'll do fine because YOU'RE not the one up for the test, not to mention you know NOTHING about nursing nor how the damn test works!!! ARG!"

After you get to the test center and the nervous breakdown begins, try and shake it off by imagining yourself as one of very few people able to do it (since not many other professions have such a test, it's true!). Hold your head high and force out a superiority feeling. I kept telling myself, "Well, the time has come. If I cannot complete this task now, then in 45 days (the length of time they put between retests) I will do it again. This is not the end of my life nor my career. Others have failed, retaken it several times and become great nurses. Fuck it, this is nothing compared to my first semester of clinicals." (and my college is the only college that does one-on-one preceptorships for ALL 4 damn semesters!) Worked for me, but everyone is different.

And don't forget to be doing at least 100 questions a day. I also went to Barnes and Noble and got Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN® Examination The book was pretty good at recapping everything we needed, but the disc was friggin' awesome when it comes to practice questions. Practice closing your eyes and envisioning a patient in whatever environment the question suggests and you being in the room with them. That helped a lot during the test for me.

Oh hell, do something I completely forgot to do. Do everything you can to memorize things similar drugs have in their generic name like ACE inhibitors (-pril) antiarrhythmics (-ide, -mine) beta-blockers (-olol) cholesterol lowering (-statin) anticoagulant (-in) and so on. I'm TERRIBLE at cardiac drugs and had to look it up just now to type those things!!! Scares the living hell out of me.

To be honest, I didn't take the NCLEX until July 21st! I graduated in May. There are several areas where I want to end up, those being the ED, OR, or the behavioral health unit (an RN on the BH unit when I was doing my clinicals said, "it takes a crazy nurse to work with crazy patients!" so I'd fit in well). I found out through the quick results thing 2 days later I had passed, and saw my license number online at on the 28th, later that day my license was in the mail. Heh, as you know, one has to sign the license. Well, I practiced my signature to make sure it wasn't crappy. A few signatures later I was ok with how it looked and went to sign it. Damn thing looks like a 4th grader that just learned cursive! AND I forgot to put RN-BSN before I did the self laminating thing.

I started sending out my resume the 1st, and have gotten a few hits. I found an ad on Craigslist for Mollen Immunizations posted on the 1st so I applied. I had a phone interview the next day, and what was funny about it is I was still in the twilight of sleep! The call woke me up but not enough to make me jump out of bed. I remember the lady asking if I had trouble managing an immunization clinic by myself, if I had trouble with using partial vials, and that's about it. Of course I answered no to those questions. The only other thing I remember is her saying "congrats, welcome to the team!" When I finally woke up I was worrying over what the hell I had agreed to, but they sent an email with the job details and instructions for filling out paperwork for HR. It pays $22/hr, but that's pretty good for mundane work (sitting in one area for however many hours and giving shots/shot education). I'm kind of excited about it. I was part of the flu clinics on campus for 2 years and I did 8hrs in the H1N1 clinic last year.

ICU scares me because there's fifty billion things that can go wrong at once. Which brings me to another fear, the cardiac/stroke floor. I had another interview where I was supposed to interview for entry-level inpatient surgical center, but they pulled the bait and switch on me using the latter position to snag people for the former position, since not many people would apply to it. I tried to be as enthusiastic as I could be, but honestly, if they want to hire me, I'd go into v-fib (heh, I have "benign" PVCs so it could happen!). Granted, they give a shitload of training and I'd have a mentor for up to 20 weeks, but I'd much rather be in the ED where there's a lot of other people to back me up plus doctors there constantly. And I'd have a lot less patients with heart problems.

Hooooooooooooly shit. I didn't realize how long this post was getting. I wrote a friggin' book!

u/HeyWow · 1 pointr/nursing

The 2-day review course was a requirement for graduation from my nursing program. It was a pretty thorough review course, and our program had an incredibly high NCLEX pass rate. However, I would never have spent $350 on it if I wasn't required to. I did NOT like their practice questions, I don't think they were reflective of the actual NCLEX test. I ended up using Saunder's review book for the rest of my studying, and I think that the review information in that $50 book was more helpful than what I got from the $350 course.

u/bookrecthrowaway · 1 pointr/medicalschool

Marino’s ICU Book is great. The latest edition from Amazon comes with an Inkling copy which is convenient on the go. The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics and Critical Care are both good quick references, though they have less explanation than Marino’s.

For Anesthesia, Miller’s Anesthesia is the standard Harrison’s-style specialty text. At the medical student level a lot of places recommend “Baby Miller” aka Basics of Anesthesia. I personally preferred Morgan & Mikhail’s Clinical Anesthesiology, but both are good introductory texts. FWIW, my school had both available online so it was easy to pick and choose.

u/over9000 · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

Losing your head and freaking out is definitely not how you want to approach taking an exam. So whatever you are doing keep doing it, your classmates are being overdramatic. Study the material well, you're never going to know 100% while in nursing school IMO, but you can damn well use critical thinking to get to the safest answer. You got this!

PS: If you're super serious use this review book to self tests as you go through your classes.

u/katsandtea · 1 pointr/nursing

I finished a 12-month ABSN program last May; my previous degree was in illustration. Now I currently work in Peds ICU and I love it :) But I won't lie, getting to the point where I am today was challenging and definitely a test of how much stress you can handle. But I'm copying and pasting a bunch of my previous answers on the subject here:

"The longest, shortest year of your life" is exactly how I would describe it. In our program, you only got 4 grades (all tests) in a class - so if your average was lower than a 76, you were out. We had a new class every 4-5 weeks, two full days of classes per week and the rest were usually clinical. Also nonstop studying 24/7: tests usually covered at least 11 chapters. Relationships were definitely tested (I was really lucky to have an understanding SO but other people in my class, not so much) but I met some of my best friends in this past year and I wouldn't change it for the world. It did feel like we got a slight break every four weeks when we took the final for our current class, but after a weekend off, it was back to work as usual. We also only got two weeks off the whole year for christmas/new years. Out of 28 of us, 24 completed the program (only 1 of those 4 failed out, the rest dropped because they felt it wasn't for them) and 22 of us passed the NCLEX on the first try.

Skills wise, I'd say you definitely have what it takes. Going into school, I had no idea how to take a manual blood pressure or check my own pulse. I was worlds away from the science of medicine. But keep in mind that the things nurses do aren't exactly the same as what medics can do. We're not allowed to do a lot of things (and this alters per hospital policy of course) but keep that in mind when learning - try to keep yourself from getting disheartened when you feel you were taught something differently.

As far as testing goes, stay focused. Nursing test questions are known to be kind of bullshit. See if your textbooks come with study guides or online practice questions. Personally, I was a straight A student until I hit nursing school - I was just not ready for the way NCLEX-type questions are phrased and I should have practiced them a bit before my first big exam. It sucked but it is what it is. Many professors will take questions from study guides for their tests to help you out. Also, I highly recommend [The Saunder's Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX] ( as a great reference tool. It really gets to the point when it comes to med-surg nursing.

Finally, making connections during your clinical placements will definitely help when it comes to getting your foot in the door for your first nursing job.

Good luck! My inbox is open if you have any questions

u/anontog · 1 pointr/nursing

I was getting around that too. Though I mostly used the ATI RN Mentor app (FREE!) more though since our school used ATI to prep all along the way.

If you have the [Saunders NCLEX-RN Comprehensive Review] (, the online questions (info on the front cover of the book) are super helpful because you can sort the SATA questions out and just do those.

You'll likely be fine with how you're testing but I'd suggest, like others have, to just keep up with the questions. Good luck!

u/TorusFan · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

NCLEX Mastery app seconded. I was given the ATI books through my school, and hardly used them. I definitely would not buy them.

I highly recommend this book
There is a newer edition now, so look for that. This book was my go-to for all review prior to any tests in class and it helped tremendously.

u/Alexbsim · 1 pointr/nursing

Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination, 6th Edition includes complete content review and over 5,100 NCLEX examination-style questions in the book and online.®-Examination/dp/1455727555/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426253124&sr=8-1&keywords=Nclex

u/TchotchkeAficionado · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'm going to school for nursing. I hope to be a would care nurse, and already have the opportunity to go to central Africa to help out periodically(the #1 cause of child death are burns from cookfires, so wound care is so in need), and a local hospital also offered me a spot there! I'm excited for both and I graduate December of next year!

Last semester I spent over $1900 on textbooks, so this year was pretty light, only $300! I could use a few books & things in my school list here, or a Amazon GC to help replace the funds I just spent! The books in the WL can be used, also. =)

Thanks for the contest! =)

edit: I have the older version (yellow cover) but really need to get this book for the whole program. I'm told it is essential, and it'll help me pass my tests!

u/poesian · 1 pointr/AcademicPsychology

If you're primarily interested in doing psychotherapy, there's also a broad variety of options for more professional degrees, from masters programs in social work and clinical psychology to PsyD (doctorate in psychology) programs that are "scientific practitioner" programs. Some Ph.D. programs are also much more focused on clinical work than others. Get yourself a book on the process! This one helps for clinical and counseling programs in the US (and Canada, I believe?); this book discusses the application process.

I'd also talk to professors and get insight from them, rather than strangers on the internet.

u/itsgoodtohavedreams · 1 pointr/gradadmissions

You're looking at the Clinical Psych program for UNC Chapel Hill -- I was pulling that information for the Counseling Clinical Psych program in Charlotte. Totally different program. Probably should've clarified.

I'm getting my information for those schools directly from this guide.

u/shadowwork · 1 pointr/AcademicPsychology

No problem!

  1. It's been a while, but I think this book helps to figure out the research requirements of the programs. In a general sense counseling programs seem to be more focused on practice, whereas clinical programs are more research/academia focused. Ultimately, you wont be able to completely know until you interview and talk to many current students/faculty. No matter where you go, your last year or two will be primarily focused on research.

  2. I was the same way. I didn't look super hot on paper because I wasn't a superior student in undergrad. I'm in the midwest. No, where you go to school has little to do with where you end up, especially in smaller college towns where your city will most likely already be saturated with psychologists. California is a bit of a different story. Unless you go to school in CA, you'll probably need to take a few extra courses (psych of sexuality) to transfer your license. Our past faculty had to do that at age 50 to make the move to CA. Remember that you will most likely do your internship in another state, then look for a job in another state. Your nearly two years of clinical post-doc hours will give you plenty of time to fulfill state requirements.

    You can PM me if you would like more...
u/Renzoxiv · 1 pointr/AcademicPsychology

In regards to your second question -- I strongly suggest you pick up a copy of Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. It will be an amazing tool and reference point when trying to decide on (or even search for) programs in the field.

u/solofisherman · 1 pointr/AcademicPsychology

Wow this is a tough call!

  1. Have you considered going the psychiatric route? Med school would probably offer a better ROI than a psyd (though idk if research experience is a must).

  2. I think it’s worth applying to a few PhD programs. No lie without research experience it may be a bit of a long shot, but you could pick a few from the Norcross book that place a fairly equal weight on clinical and research experience. If your background includes a lot of statistics/lab work you may be able to leverage those experiences in your applications.

  3. Out of curiosity, if you are able to prescribe medication with your NP, how would that translate to you post doctorate? Would you be able to prescribe medications legally alongside of therapy? I genuinely have no clue about this but if you could, that may increase your salary range and make the ROI of a psyd program more worthwhile (this is total conjecture though).
u/kdontheinternet · 1 pointr/gradadmissions

How is your junior/senior GPA? If it's fairly high, above a 3.4 or 3.5, that will show improvement over the years. Research experience, good recommendations, and good scores on the GRE will top it off, giving you a shot.

I'd highly recommend checking out Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology: 2016/2017 Edition by Norcross and Sayette. It details everything you need to prepare your application, breaks down schools by research interests, plus lists all doctorate programs in clinical & counseling psych, gives their average acceptance GPA, GRE scores, requirements, etc. It's a lifesaver.

u/e4gleeye · 1 pointr/indonesia

I have not read it, but this book seem to be recommended if you want to try understand the mind of white far right. Might be close enough?

u/PsychedelicPill · 1 pointr/politics

Heard an interview with this author recently, you aren’t alone in your realizations:


u/currently-on-toilet · 1 pointr/politics

I think the poster was pretty spot on.

Here's a book that discusses, at length, white identity

u/wellactuallyhmm · 1 pointr/medicine

I've always understood a stress test to be considered positive if chest discomfort is reproduced or EKG abnormalities consistent with ischemic heart disease develop. Reproducible stable angina is enough to consider the test positive even in the absence of EKG changes.

Tests are considered markedly positive if:

  1. ischemic EKG changes develop within 3 minutes of initiation of exercise or persist 5 minutes after cessation.
  2. Magnitude of ST segment depression > 2 mm.
  3. Systolic BP drops during exercise.
  4. High-grade ventricular arrhythmias occur.
  5. Patient cannot exercise for at least 2 minutes because of cardiopulmonary limitations (I take that to mean extreme angina, SOB).

    Pharmacologic and nuclear testing are necessary in patients with absolute contraindications to exercise stress testing, such as severe arthritis, lower limb amputation etc.

    All this info is from: Pathophysiology of Heart Disease, 5th edition (Lilly).

    EDIT: Reading your statement again you are correct in that you cannot make a diagnosis, but you should consider the stress test positive when making your diagnosis.
u/SevFTW · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

Also important to note that a lot of drug use is caused by mental illness.

I've recently been reading the book Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari, it's a very good look into how the War on Drugs and our demonization of addicts has only caused more pain and suffering than open drug policies would have caused.

Seems like this thread is very full of right-wingers who believe mentally ill people should just be locked up but I commend you for the enormous task you're undertaking. I wish you the best of luck dude

u/happinessinmiles · 1 pointr/betternews

Highly recommend reading "Chasing the Scream" for the history of the war on drugs in the US. It offers a few case studies for solutions at the end - pointing to a state by state legalization or a complete legalization like Portugal. Hari is an unbeatable writer, too.

u/_spacepussy_ · 1 pointr/Drugs

If you haven’t read Chasing the Scream, it is fascinating and touches on this topic.

Edit to clean up the link

u/mrfrench95 · 1 pointr/mildlyinfuriating

Not sure how to notify like everyone in this whole comment thread, but if anyone is at all interested by the questions here please read this:

Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari

u/MotherOfPus · 1 pointr/news
u/catternet · 1 pointr/worldnews

I recommend the book Chasing the Scream for anyone interesting in learning more about this subject, how the war on drugs started, how different countries have dealt with the problem, and stories of individuals who have been deeply affected by the war on all different sides.

u/seeking-soma · 1 pointr/Psychonaut

Read Chasing the Scream and Acid Dreams to get a full picture of why we are where we are now.

What others are saying is right. It's a political move to criminalize minorities and rebellious youth cultures.

u/jenspire · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

You can rent the Teas book from Amazon, it's only $15.00 (to deliver to Texas anyhow).

Not the best looking book I've ever seen but it had everything I needed and then I just mailed it back in when I was done. They may even prorate you, I had it less than a month and they gave me all my money back.

u/ps1lon · 0 pointsr/changemyview

/r/Antinatalism's Wiki presents the basic arguments better than I can. But reading may be obligatory for more details.

u/SammyD1st · 0 pointsr/changemyview

> No need to worry about hypothetical people who never existed.

While I admit that this seems intuitive, this very point is hotly debated among philosophers. On one side is this, and you can easily google responses to that book that argue the other side, if you feel so inclined.

u/MoHammadMoProblems · 0 pointsr/todayilearned

This book is for you.

u/EM_EUS · 0 pointsr/DACA

>Hoping for a car to run you over is not going to help you or your family.

No it wont help my family; they'd hate to have to pay my half of the rent.
but it would help me. I bought this book the other day.

and its all making a lot of sense to me know. it's like its all coming together for the first time in my life.

u/The_Dinosaur_Club · 0 pointsr/funny

yes. Read "Class" by Paul Fussell.

u/ktm516 · 0 pointsr/ems

My only advice would be to work the road as a basic to see what it's like. I worked the road for a little while (wish I woulda waited longer) but when you start learning everything in medic school everything seems to come together from what you saw on the read and what you read in class. But definitely

Not sure how to link it differently on mobile but this is a great book. You spend a lot of time on cardiology.

u/ScornedSun · -2 pointsr/Parenting

Greatest book about parenting, your life will never be the same again.

u/monkeyborg · -2 pointsr/

Assuming you're not a shoplifter, I see two possibilities here.

  1. Given how little of the world's textual matter has found its way to the internet yet, I'm going to guess that reading isn't really your thing. So you buy the New Yorker to display it prominently on your coffee table?

  2. Okay, I admit, that's assuming a lot. Maybe you have a well-worn library card. But you can read the New Yorker at the library, too. So why pay to bring it home, if not to display it prominently on your coffee table?

    In any event, you should know that attempting to win praise through the conspicuous display of the New Yorker is an old trick, written about as early as 1983 by Paul Fussell (sorry, dead-tree only; you may have to drop a dime). Though I doubt Mr. Fussell had the foresight to cover conspicuous name-dropping of the New Yorker in web forums.

    Today's magazine of choice for these purposes - whether for display around the home or "reading" on the metro - is the Economist. Sadly, though, that magazine is also now widely recognized as having a much larger subscriber base than readership.

    There's always the New York Times, I suppose, though I admit that doesn't quite exhibit the air of exclusivity you're looking for.
u/BrianW1999 · -5 pointsr/childfree

I wouldn't tell her parents they made an immoral choice because I have a heart, but in my opinion, it's always morally questionable to have children.

20,000 children starve to death each day. Is it moral that people continue to have children despite such abominations?

Here's a book that espouses my beliefs: