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I would recomend Neale's Disorders of the Foot and Foot & Lower Extremity Biomechanics Volume 1, 2 and 3 as a must have text.
Don't think you will need anything else as Neale's is fairly comprehensive and covers all aspects of podiatry while Foot & Lower Extremity Biomechanics is the best book for biomechanics, which is a topic that most if not all students struggle with.
I don't know about Northants, but our first year was initially lots of multi allied health group work such as Sociology, Psychology and EBP (evidence based practice) work. I honetsly suggest that you wait til your first week and have a look at the reading lists that the Pod department will give you and decide from there. Amazon are brilliantly quick to deliver - but also if you are quick off your feet you will probably be able to borrow a copy of some books from the Uni library as a stop gap which will help you in the first few weeks. However I would ditto Neales. It helped me in uni and still acts as a quick reminder or reference book for me now.
I work at Plymouth Uni and would advise that you might want to wait until you get there and see what the library has to offer first. We spend a lot of time and money trying to make sure students have access to the main texts/journals electronically and in the library, so you may want to see whether the system works for you first or if you find there are some books that you would prefer to have more readily to hand.
We get asked a lot about what books to get too but that can be a very personal choice - some students like a lot of written detail, some prefer a lot of illustrations, some need to start with more basic facts in some areas of study - so have a look around book shops too so you know where to go when you identify a need.
Finally there are study skills (referencing, writing, revising etc) and if this is yoru first degree, you may either want to undergo a few submissions to get some feedback and then buy some books to help with any issues then, or consider gettting them before if you have a look through them and think they may be useful (Palgrave Macmillan have a good range).
Basically I would say hang on to your money for a while yet and see whether you identify a need first or are best using it on specialist texts a bit later on to supplement your studies and for ongoing reference.
On the other hand there may be a book list Northampton publish for just this sort of enquiry!
You are starting at the school that I hold in the highest regard - well done. In its day - and other schools may well have caught up now (I left the staff of Northampton 22 years ago), it was best known for its primary patient assessment skills; these, I believe cilminated the the Merriman and Tollafield/Turner book with that title. I cannot recommend it to you too highly. Rob
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I have some anatomy and pharmacology flashcards if you would like - free of charge- email- firstname.lastname@example.org. You would need to collect. I found that anatomy TV accessed via your Athens account was better than any book.
thanks for all of your advice, it is very much apreciated. Cath, after attending a 'flying start' programme in the past few days i am now panicking about having good study skills such as referencing!
rob, im so glad you believe nporthampton is a great podiatry school, i certainly think so from what ive seen and heard so far and im very excited about starting my course.
thanks all so much
kim x x
Hi again Kim,
I'd hold off buying books for the moment, the library is extremely well stocked, I could've probably saved myself a couple of hundred. Also Fletch (one of the lecturers) will recommend some books in your first couple of days.
As for referencing, the lecturers arranged for one of the library folk to come and do a presentation to us. They are really helpful. Just remember that they want you to do well, so they will do as much as possible to help you to hit the ground running. This is the document (I think, the PC I'm on won't let me access it) the university uses with regard to Harvard Referencing: