In addition to being a good USMLE review book, Clinical Microbiology could replace the syllabus, especially for bacteria. Its easy to read and has enough supporting details to give a clear understanding of the pathogens. The virus, fungi, and parasite sections are very basic, and they hit the main topics of each pathogen. The medicine chapters are also very basic. Each chapter has a good summary table of pathogens or medicines. A pathology textbook would be good for associated color pictures and diagrams.