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: Easy to read, superbly illustrated, and clinically relevant, Gray’s Anatomy for Students, 4th Edition, is medical students’ go-to text for essential information in human anatomy. This fully revised volume focuses on the core information students need to know, in an easy-access format and with additional multimedia tools that facilitate effective study and mastery of the material. A team of expert authors and global advisors share their extensive teaching and clinical experience, highlighted by more than 1,000 innovative, original illustrations throughout the text.
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: Back by popular demand! The world’s most widely used medical reference is now in its 20th edition. The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy now in its 20th edition has been thoroughly updated and thoughtfully expanded with a new larger trim size to include 40% new and revised content. Including 36 new chapters with more than 200 new tables, and numerous new figures.
Packed with essential information on diagnosing and treating medical disorders, this comprehensive guide was written by a team of medical experts. This book is intended for everyday use by health care professionals for delivery of the best care to their patients.
This new edition offers:
Revised and expanded Cardiovascular, Genitourinary, Gynecologic, Neurologic, Pregnancy, Infants and Children, and Pediatrics and Trauma chapters
Key Points summarize the facts at-a-glance
Pearls and Pitfalls highlight noteworthy medical info and areas of caution
16-page full-color insert aids visual recognition of skin, eye, and oral disorders
The new Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy 20th edition 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.
Amazon review: Clinical Anatomy Made Ridiculously Simple succeeds outstandingly in making the points you can remember — not exactly for the next detailed quiz, but in the fundamental structure and outline that makes for longer-term remembering and understanding. The intent of the humorous or outrageous depictions and mnemonics and simplification is to register a framework for understanding; and in my opinion, the book succeeds outstandingly (even compared to other “simplifying” or “idiot” copycats). Additionally, I think there is the right balance between sketchiness and thoroughness in this light-hearted book with its serious topic.
Well done and commendable, in my opinion!
Amazon description: This updated ninth edition of the leading medical physical examination pocket guide available today provides concise, authoritative guidance on how to perform the patient interview, physical examination, and other core assessments. This trusted pocket-sized reference includes fully illustrated, step-by-step techniques, retaining the easy-to-follow two-column format that correlates examination techniques on the left and abnormalities (clearly indicated in red) with differential diagnoses on the right.
Now featuring an enhanced design, new content, and new student-friendly learning aids, Bates’ Pocket Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, Ninth Edition, is the ideal quick-reference resource for today’s medical, PA, pharmacy, and nursing students.
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
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 Life Science Publishing (exhaustive listings with photos)
Amazon description: The newest authority on all things Young Living is here! Introducing the 8th Edition Essential Oils Desk Reference Guide. Containing D. Gary Young’s decades of essential oil knowledge, this trusted guide is the newest in a long line of reference material that is unsurpassed in its depth, authenticity, and quality. This 8th edition of the desk reference is your very own detailed guide to the infinite properties of Young Living oils and products. In it you’ll find the many wonderful capabilities of pure oils.
ANIMAL TREATMENT with oils:
Amazon description: The long anticipated Essential Oils Animal Desk Reference is here! This amazing, full color work is packed full of invaluable, never before seen information on how to use essential oils with your animals. This publication round marks the beginning of a much more useful, more navigable index to guide you immediately to what you’re looking for. This latest version contains everything you need to be current on Young Living products and protocols. It combines the unparalleled, top-notch scientific research with expert usage to keep you completely informed-with answers to your questions always at the ready. Spiral binding allows pages to open completely and lie flat, enabling you to read about and apply oils effortlessly.
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
2019 11th Edition 2 book collection: Principles of Surgery by Schwartz et al
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.
Amazon description: The seventh edition, Trauma reaffirms its status as the leading comprehensive textbook in the field. With a new full-color design and a rich atlas of anatomic drawings and surgical approaches, Trauma, 7e takes you through the full range of injuries the trauma surgeon is likely to encounter. The book also features timely coverage that explains how to care for war victims who may require acute interventions such as amputation.
Supported by numerous x-rays, CT scans, plus informative tables throughout, this trusted reference begins with an informative look at kinematics and the mechanisms of trauma injury. Subsequent chapters provide useful background information on the epidemiology of trauma; injury prevention; the basics of trauma systems, triage, and transport; and much more. The next section meticulously reviews generalized approaches to the trauma patient, from pre-hospital care and managing shock, to emergency department thoracotomy and the management of infections. Trauma then delivers a clear organ-by-organ survey of treatment protocols designed to help you respond to any critical care situation with confidence, no matter what body system is involved. The remaining sections of the book will help you successfully handle specific challenges in trauma―including alcohol and drug abuse, and combat-related wounds―in addition to post-traumatic complications such as multiple organ failure.
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
Improvised medicine is a new addition, with all sorts of hard core hacks to give you the best chance to save a life in off-grid settings. It’s a little technical, but if you can get through it, there’s a lot of great information!
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.
To get free shipping on your medical library, you may want to try Amazon Prime. We have and it has saved us lots of money on shipping.