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    I am due to start a course in medicine at Cambridge University (Robinson College) in October, and I feel like I should start doing some preparation over the summer before i start. They did send a list of good medical textbooks to get, but it is a long list. Does anyone know good textbooks to get for some light reading before the course and/or for the first term?
    I'd even heard of people practising stiching techniques on bananas before they start their course!
    Anyone know any other useful information or techniques for preparation?
    Anything to get ahead of the field! haha

    Many thanks in advance

    Don't read anything, it'll make you stooopid.

    Learn drinking games and how to pull instead, enjoy the longest holiday of the rest of your life.

    There is no field, do not waste your life getting ahead of it.

    Practising on bananas..... You won't be needing any clinical skills at Cambridge for the first 3 years! Textbooks though....

    Don't buy anything before you get to Cambridge. Seriously. Your supervisors will have their own individual preferences, as to exactly what you have, there will be plenty in the library, and you'll be able to get books cheap either 2nd hand off other students, or on one of the discount days Heffers/Borders/Waterstones will do.

    Also, definitely no clinical skills (e.g. stitching) needed for a LONG time. Just enjoy your summer, make sure you're up to speed with Biochemistry if anything.
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