Medicine reading list
For prospective students
We advise you to read the Medicine page thoroughly. For reading and preparation information the following sections should be particularly useful:
- Student perspectives
- Applying to study Medicine
- What are we looking for?
- Reading, resources and events
For offer holders
Please read the following information before you arrive in Cambridge:
- The Medical Students' Handbook: The first two years (a hard copy will be sent to you the September before you start at King's)
- The above handbook contains a copy of the University's Code of Conduct for student doctors. You should read this and the GMC and Medical Schools Council booklet: Medical students: professional values and fitness to practice. On the first day of your course, you will be asked to sign a declaration, the Medical Student Register Agreement, stating that you have read these documents and agree to abide by the conditions set out in them.
- Your first few weeks in Cambridge will be easier if you are familiar with the Key Science Concepts
- If you did not study Biology, we recommend that you do some preliminary reading to ensure that you know some basic cell biology.
- Introduction to Anatomy
The Director of Studies in Medicine recommends the following books to read:
- G. J Tortora and B.H. Derrickson, Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology: International Student Version (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) or E. N. Marieb, Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology (Pearson, 2008)
- B. Alberts, D. Bray, K. Hopkin & A. Johnson, Essential Cell Biology (Garland, 2009)
- S. Nuland, How we live (Vintage, 1998)
- S. Nuland, How we die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter (Vintage, 1995)
- S. Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Schribner, 2011)
- A. Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right (Profile Books, 2010)
- Department of Medicine website and course website
- Undergraduate teaching (course details in the menu on the left)
- Booklists for current students