We mention in our book “The Survival Medicine Handbook” that some reference books will be necessary for any aspiring medic. A printed medical library will still be there in a collapse situation, even if the internet, television, and other media are not.
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There are many good written resources for handling medical problems; these are but a few. The book images are links to Amazon for your convenience.
Stedman’s Medical Dictionary (a must for any medic) Amazon description: Featuring more than 56,000 entries, this thoroughly updated Seventh Edition contains the medical terminology used in more than 30 of today’s fastest growing health profession areas—plus comprehensive inclusion of entries suited for the nursing field. The book includes 1,000 enriched color images and photographs, a glossy insert with detailed images by Anatomical Chart Company, more than 65 appendices, and cut thumb tabs for quick A-to-Z reference.
Gray’s Anatomy for Students (yes, the television show’s title was taken from this book) Amazon description: 2015 BMA Medical Book Awards Highly Commended in Basic and Clinical Sciences Category! Anatomy texts just don’t get any better than Gray’s Anatomy for Students! Now in its 3rd edition, this completely revised medical textbook continues its focus on just the core information you need for your anatomy courses, presenting everything in an easy-to-read, visually appealing format that facilitates study.
The Physician’s Desk Reference (tells you indications, dosages, and risks of just about every medicine with images; comes our yearly, but any recent edition will serve your needs)
Amazon description: Physicians’ Desk Reference has been the authoritative source on prescription drugs for 70 years. Found in virtually every physician’s office, pharmacy, clinic, and library, no medical reference is more current, more recognized, or more respected. Now in its 70th edition, PDR contains full, FDA-approved drug label information, including warnings and precautions, drug interactions, and hundreds of full-color pill images. Every label in PDR includes information on dosages, side effects, and safety information, such as contraindications, pregnancy ratings, and interactions with other drugs, food, and alcohol. Data on clinical trials are also included.
The Merck Manual (good pocket reference on many common medical problems)
Amazon description: For its 19th Edition, the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy has been thoroughly updated and thoughtfully expanded, with more than 850 additional pages, 15 new chapters, over 300 new tables, and 56 new figures.
Packed with essential information on diagnosing and treating medical disorders, this handy, compact guide was written by a team of clinicians for everyday use by medical professionals for delivery of the best care to their patients.
Designed for maximum clinical utility, the new Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy 19th edition makes it easy to find the right information, right when it is needed. It is a must-have for medical students, residents, practicing physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals.
The Mayo Clinic Family Health book (exhaustive and thorough with lots of photos)
Amazon description: Since its initial publication in 1990, the “Mayo Clinic Family Health Book” has become a classic home medical reference, selling more than 1.5 million copies. Now in its fourth edition, this updated and abundantly illustrated volume offers the latest in medical knowledge, with a strong emphasis on self-care. From prevention to treatment, from infancy to old age, this comprehensive health guide offers reliable, easy-to-understand information in five convenient sections: Part I – Injuries and Symptoms; Part II – Pregnancy and Healthy Children; Part III – Healthy Adults; Colour section; Part IV – Diseases and Disorders; and, Part V – Tests and Treatments.
Clinical Physiology Made Ridiculously Simple by Stephen Goldberg, M.D. (all the basics on how the body works)
Amazon description: A brief, to-the-point presentation of the most important points in clinical physiology. Enables the reader to see cardio-pulmonary-renal physiology as well as immunology and other areas as a clear conceptual whole.
American College of Emergency Physicians First Aid Manual (excellent first aid book)
Amazon description: A possible life-saving reference to keep around the house or in the car, DK’s First Aid Manual looks at more than 100 different conditions, from splinters and sprained ankles to strokes and unconsciousness, and shows exactly what to do with step-by-step photographic sequences.
Every condition is clearly explained, outlining causes, symptoms and signs, and action plans. The updated design makes the instructions easier to follow, whether you need information on emergency first aid, first aid for babies and children, or tips on resuscitation.
Where there is No Doctor by David Werner
Amazon description: Useful for health workers, clinicians, and others involved in primary health care delivery and health promotion programs, with millions of copies in print in more than 75 languages, the manual provides practical, easily understood information on how to diagnose, treat, and prevent common diseases. Special attention is focused on nutrition, infection and disease prevention, and diagnostic techniques as primary ways to prevent and treat health problems.
Where there is no Dentist by Murray Dickson
Amazon description: Community health workers, educators and individuals from around the world use Where There Is No Dentist to help people care for their teeth and gums. This book’s broad focus makes it an invaluable resource. The author uses straightforward language and careful instructions to explain how to
• examine patients
• diagnose common dental problems
• make and use dental equipment
• use local anesthetics
• place fillings
• and remove teeth
A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine by Eric Weiss, M.D. (helpful pocket version)
Amazon description: Revolutionary advance in emergency medicine knowledge, techniques, and equipment, as well as a new standard of first aid practice permeate the text and provide the foundation for lay people to provide vital emergency care in remote settings.
Wilderness Medicine by William W. Forgey, M.D.
Amazon description: With Dr. William Forgey’s comprehensive Wilderness Medicine: Beyond First Aid in hand, you can recognize, assess, and treat many kinds of medical emergencies. This fully revised and updated, illustrated text is essential reading for anyone from trip leaders, guides, and search and rescue groups to EMTs, paramedics, and physicians who must provide immediate care when access to a medical facility is difficult or impossible.
Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Andrew Chevallier (talks about how medicinal plants work; information on every herb)
Amazon description: With 550 key herbs and their uses as natural remedies for nearly 200 common ailments, Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, 2nd Edition is the definitive home reference to healing with the world’s oldest form of medicine. From ginger to lavender and thyme to dandelion, learn about the chemistry of plants and how and why they work as medicines within the body.
Information on habitat and cultivation, parts used, active constituents, therapeutic properties, and traditional and current uses are described in a unique photographic plant index, and instructions on growing, harvesting, and processing your own home treatments are detailed. With its jargon-free text, fantastic photography, and focus on safety, this guide enables ease of understanding no matter what your level of herbal expertise.
Prescription for Herbal Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC
(extensive herbal remedy book)
Amazon description: The definitive source for choosing the optimal herbal therapy- thoroughly revised and updated.
Millions of Americans are turning to herbal therapies to heal what ails them-either as an alternative or as a supplement to traditional medicine. From the most trusted name in natural healing, Phyllis A. Balch’s new edition of Prescription for Herbal Healing provides the most current research and comprehensive facts in an easy-to-read A- to-Z format, including:
• Information on more than 200 herbs and herbal combination formulas, ranging from well-known herbs, such as ginseng and St. John’s Wort, to less familiar remedies, such as khella and prickly ash
• Chinese and ayurvedic herbal combinations
• Discussion of more than 150 common disorders from acne to yeast infection, and suggested herbal treatment therapies
Essential Oils Desk Reference by Essential Science Publishing (exhaustive listings with photos)
National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs by Andrew Weil, MD (especially good identifying images)
Amazon description: There is a world of health and healing all around you–in your spice rack, your backyard, and on the shelves of health food and grocery stores. This informative guide is a reference you will keep at the ready, connecting 72 of the world’s most common and useful medicinal herbs with the body systems they help and heal.
Eight chapters focus on body systems:
1. Mental Health & the Nervous System
2. Respiratory System
3. Heart & Circulation
4. Digestive System
5. Joints, Muscles & Skin
6. Urinary & Male Health
7. Female Health
8. Wellness & Perception
Principles of Surgery by Schwartz et al (for the very, very ambitious)
Amazon description: The Tenth Edition of Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery maintains the book’s unmatched coverageof the foundations of surgery while bringing into sharper focus new and emerging technologies. We have entered a new era of surgery in which minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, and the use of computers and genomic information have improved the outcomes and quality of life for patients. With these advances in mind, all chapters have been updated with an emphasis on evidence-based, state-of-the-art surgical care. An exciting new chapter, “Fundamental Principles of Leadership Training in Surgery,” expands the scope of the book beyond the operating room to encompass the actual development of surgeons. This edition is also enriched by an increased number of international chapter authors and a new chapter on Global Surgery. More than ever, Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery is international in scope–a compendium of the knowledge and technique of the world’s leading surgeons.
Tactical Medicine Essentials by the American College of Emergency Physicians (for high-risk situations)
Amazon description: Medical support for special weapons and tactics (SWAT) units is different from civilian EMS in many ways. A tactical medical provider (TMP) is charged with providing life-saving care to downed SWAT officers and taking measures to defend against criminal suspects. Mastery of these skills requires extensive, specialized tactical emergency medical services (TEMS) training and experience in the tactical environment. Designed for EMS and medical professionals of all levels of training, Tactical Medicine Essentials provides the foundation needed to create world-class TMPs. Written by an experienced team of authors from diverse backgrounds, this text covers the essential curriculum of tactical medicine, including tactical patient assessment, expedient extrication and evacuation, and self-defense skills. It also goes into depth about the specialized equipment and techniques used by medical professionals with TEMS training and certification. Tactical Medicine Essentials thoroughly prepares medical professionals to safely accompany a SWAT unit into the tactical environment.
Varney’s Midwifery or Varney’s Pocket Midwife
(you never know when you’ll need it)
Amazon description: The gold standard for midwives and students is back with Varney’s Midwifery, Fifth Edition. New to this edition are chapters describing the profession of midwifery, reproductive physiology, clinical genetics, and support for women in labor. Interwoven throughout is information on primary care, gynecology, maternity care, and neonatal care. With chapters written by a variety of expert midwives and an increased emphasis on reproductive anatomy and physiology, this new edition assists students and clinicians in understanding not only what to do but why. Updated to reflect evidence-based care, this edition also discusses the pathophysiology of various conditions in the context of normal changes in the reproductive cycle. Also included are numerous new anatomical and clinical illustrations. In this edition, the skills chapters have been significantly revised and reformatted into relevant chapter appendices to help students, new midwives, and international readers learn essential skills in sequential steps. These critical midwifery skills include performing a pelvic examination, hand maneuvers for birth, delivery of a fetus in breech presentation, and current evidence-based steps for managing a postpartum hemorrhage. New Chapters Include: * Professional Midwifery Today * Mental Health Conditions * Breast Conditions * Anatomy and Physiology of the Female Reproductive System * Physiologic Changes in Pregnancy and Fetal Development * Genetics * Anatomy and Physiology of Pregnancy: Placental, Fetal, and Maternal Adaptations * Support for Women in Labor * Anatomy and Physiology of Postpartum * Anatomy and Physiology of the Newborn
Hint: If you have all these books in your medical library, you will have as much information at your fingertips as you’ll need to keep your loved ones healthy in times of trouble.
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