15 Best Books Every Pharmacy Student Should Read

15 Best Books Every Pharmacy Student Should Read

15 Best Books Every Pharmacy Student Should Read

Since Physiology, Anatomy, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry serve as the major foundations of learning in a pharmacy school, you need the best books to help you stay knowledgeable about your field. Here you will find books which over 90% of students use. Although pharmacy students hardly have enough spare time, it is important to read about, learn from, and get inspired by people who also went through the same experience and successfully emerged from the other side. The list below will focus on Pharmacy books that will help you master your craft inside-out and medical novels that will remind you why you started the medical journey in the first place.

Here are the best books every pharmacy student should read. So, on to the first one.

  1. The Best Books on Medical Physiology for Pharmacy Students.

guyton-and-hallGuyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology

Authored by the dedicated and enthusiastic researcher, Arthur Guyton, the book initially began as Dr. Guyton’s lecture notes when he realized that most Physiology textbooks were written primarily for teachers of physiology. The language used in such texts was therefore not student-friendly. Although the book is extensively textual, you will be such an erudite by the time you put it down.


Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology

Lengthier than your average revision books, Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology is another gold-standard for Medical Physiology. Its approximately 800 pages are jam-packed with sections discussing each body system, alongside helpful diagrams and tables for supplementary learning. It also contains boxes containing multiple-choice questions and a summary of each chapter.

Jaypee essentials of medical physiology

Yet another “bible” for students of Physiology, this book is heavenly popular among pharmacy students as well as other health-care professionals. The simple language used in the book is student-friendly when studying and exam-friendly when revising. Those who are already working in the medical field love it because it adequately discusses applicable aspects. This book is a definite recommendation and is one of the best books you should read as a pharmacy student.

  1. The Best Book on Anatomy for Pharmacy Students
Gray’s Anatomy for Students

Read this book if visual learning interests you. Along with exploring the anatomy of the human body and the clinical significance of various topics, Gray’s Anatomy for Students also provides supplementary case reports for auxiliary comprehension of the structures. Its informative diagrams, tables and blue clinical boxes will charm you and make you well-armed for any anatomical question thrown your way. I consider this as the best book for pharmacy students when it comes to anatomy.

  1. The Best Book on Pharmaceutics for Pharmacy Students


Remington’s Pharmaceutical Sciences

“Remington’s Pharmaceutical Sciences” is an iconic masterpiece for pharmacy students as it focuses on the crucial concepts of pharmaceutical aspects and the pharmaceutical industry at large. The book also serves as an excellent guide for compounding pharmacists because of the various chapters that deeply analyze the preparation of parenteral and sterile products.  

  1. The Best Book on Pharmacology for Pharmacy Students


MCQs in Pharmacology – K.D Tripathi

Multiple Choice Questions are widely incorporated into most competitive examinations. To many Pharmacy Students, MCQs in Pharmacology is K.D Tripathi’s most noteworthy book when it comes to preparing for MCQ tests in Pharmacology. The power of this book is that it does not emphasize on testing rare/unusual topics as in many MCQ revision items, but rather tests your understanding on topics that are relevant to the field of drugs.

  1. The Best Book on Pharmaceutical Chemistry for Pharmacy Students


Textbook of Organic Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry – Wilson and Gisvold

This book comprehensively blends pharmacological and chemical principles that are essential for comprehending the structure–activity relationships and mechanisms of action of various drugs such as Antibiotics, Anticonvulsants and Adrenergic agents. It continues to set the standard for pharmaceutical chemistry.  

  1. The Best Medical Novels for Pharmacy Students


Med School Confidentials – Robert H. Miller

This book is amazingly incredible in its discussion on the various issues medical students encounter on the daily. Beginning with a chapter on how to deal with stress in medical school, Med School Confidentials proceeds to give helpful tips on how to ace units such as pharmacology. It is a light read and remains a pleasure every pharmacy student should engage in.

Mind the Gap – Malone Mukwende

Mind the Gap is genuinely a straight forward hand-book on how to detect the clinical signs diseases on dark complexions so as to eliminate delays in diagnosis. Malone Mukwende, a third-year medical student, recounts how dark-skinned people are often mistaken to be resistant to infections- COVID19 highlighted this misconception further. He also noted that most medical texts describe signs and symptoms based on how they present on light skin tones. “Mind the Gap” will definitely enhance patient diversity in the medical field.

Where there is no Doctor: a Village Healthcare Handbook 

David Werner’s “Where there is no Doctor” is a worthy read that will equip you with skills on how to handle health-care and share your knowledge in a village setting. Along with demonstrations on how to carry out your professional roles where resources are limited, the book also explains how to positively make use of the power of patients believing in the “touch of the healer” while still respecting the community’s traditions.  

Other lip-smacking novels include:

-Call The Pharmacist – Elizabeth Roddick

-The New Pharmacist – Dr Erin L Albert

-This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay

-Gifted hands – Ben Carson

-Think Big – Ben Carson

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  1. Thank you for this!! I know every medical student could hug you for plugin them on on the key to success! ????????????

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