Which book should I refer to for pathology? Robbin Pathology Textbook Puzzle: Robbins vs.Harsh Mohan

Updated: Aug 26, 2019

Dilemma of every 2nd year MBBS student!

Often every 2nd-year MBBS student comes across this puzzle of what to choose between Pathology by Robbins or Harsh Mohan. Harsh Mohan is too tempting because of its student-friendly 'Indianized' language, but this 'language-based choice' over standard content of Robbins comes at a cost which gets paid later during the postgraduate exam preparation.

In this article, we shall examine why one particular book favored over the other and what shall be the ideal choice at the end of the day.

Pros of Harsh Mohan:

  • Easy language.

  • Q & A style of presentation.

  • Concise study material to finish on time.

  • Easy to revise the concepts.

  • Its meant for subjective theory exams.

  • Less pricy compared to Robbins.

Cons of Harsh Mohan:

  • Many mistakes.

  • Concise to the extent that it fiddle with core conceptual understanding of the subject.

  • Mear guide for passing the theory (UG) exams.

  • Not much help for PG entrance exams.

Pros of Robbins:

  • 100% accurate information.

  • Systematic & step-wise approach for each topic for better understanding.

  • Helps you score more marks - the sky is the limit.

  • A must study book who are aiming for a subject-specific gold medal.

  • Helps you to understand and do better in final year MBBS.

  • Considered bible for UG & PG exams.

  • Wider acceptance with a worldwide following.

  • Value for money.

Cons of Robbins:

  • Language is slightly dense for non-native English speaking countries.

  • Demands religious conviction and persistent reading to master the subject.

  • A bit bulky both in weight and price.


Please be wise and chose Robbins over Harsh Mohan. Make-up your mind that you won't settle for anything other than Robbins. Remember, after initial inertia of dense language, amazing intricate subject fantasies are waiting for you. Make the hard choice today, pick-up the book every day and promise yourself you won't keep the book down until you read two pages/day. It may prove to be a mental gym, but at the end of the day, you will be happy to watch those 'six-packs' developing inside your brains.

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