Useful Medical Books

Although you could probably practice high quality medicine using only online resources, why would you want to? I love reading real books. And these are some medical books I find very useful.

The Harriet Lane Handbook, 20th ed, 2014. Branden Engorn MD and Jamie Flerlage MD. Overall, this is my favorite book. There is so much information condensed into a still very portable book. And the medicine dosages are given for adults as well as children. When you buy the physical book, you get access to the online edition at no extra cost.

Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy, 5th ed, 2009. Thomas P Habif MD. This is the best dermatology book there is.  When you buy the physical book, you get access to the online edition at no extra cost.

Textbook of Critical Care, 6th ed, 2011. Jean-Louis Vincent MD PhD, Edward Abraham MD, Patrick Kochanek MD and Frederick A. Moore MD.

Adult Telephone Protocols: Office Version, 2nd ed, 2012. David A. Thompson MD. These protocols or ones like them are used for telephone nurse triage. There are computer based protocols that would be more useful for real time phone triage (but probably more expensive).

Pediatric Telephone Protocols: Office Version, 14th ed, 2012. Barton D. Schmitt MD. These protocols or ones like them are used for telephone nurse triage. There are computer based protocols that would be more useful for real time phone triage (but probably more expensive). 

The Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Book: Partnering with Your Doctor to Get the Most from Your Medications, 2005. J. Eric Ahlskog MD PhD. This is the book that my family used to help my mother’s doctors treat her Parkinson’s Disease. The book helped us work with her doctors to really improve the quality of her life. The book will help all patients and families understand how to work with their doctor to get the most benefit out of the complicated medicines used for Parkinson’s Disease.

Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Guide for Physicians, 2009. J. Eric Ahlskog MD PhD. This book covers the same ground as the Parkinson’s Disease Treatment book above but is written for doctors. I think doctors and families can benefit from studying both books.

Dr. Ahlskog has written another book, Dementia With Lewy Bodies and Parkinson’s Disease Dementia: Patient, Family, and Clinician Working Together for Better Outcomes, 2013. I have not yet read this book but based on the two books above I expect that it is full of useful practical treatment advice. I have it on order from Amazon. 

The Wills Eye Manual: Office and Emergency Room Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Diseases, 6th ed, 2012. Adam T. Gerstenblith MD and Michael P. Rabinowitz MD. Everyone who treats eye problems should have this book. It is incredibly useful and practical.

Manual of Emergency Airway Management, 4th ed, 2012. Ron Walls MD and Michael Murphy MD MPH. This book is from the pioneers in emergency airway management. It is the textbook for The Airway Course which is an outstanding CME course. The textbook itself is very useful on its own.

The Airway Cam Guide to Intubation and Practical Emergency Airway Management, 2004. Richard M Levitan MD.   This is an outstanding book especially for the physician who does not perform intubation on a daily basis. The pictures and text are wonderful. Unfortunately, in looking on Amazon, it is currently very expensive.                                                                                                

The Ventilator Book, 2012. William Owens, MD.

Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis, 6th ed, 2012. Basil J. Zitelli MD, Sara C McIntire MD, Andrew J Nowalk MD PhD.

Primer of Diagnostic Imaging, 5th ed, 2012. Ralph Weissleder MD PhD, Jack Wittenberg MD, Mukesh MGH Harisinghani MD and John W. Chen MD PhD. This is the text that radiology residents use for review in preparation for the radiology boards. But for clinicians, it can function as a great anatomic based review of  medicine, surgery, and pediatrics (and all in one reasonably sized book). Each chapter is a fast read. When you buy the physical book, you get access to the online edition at no extra cost.

Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP), 6th ed, 2011. American Academy of Pediatrics, American Heart Association

The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program, Learner/ Provider Manual: Post-Resuscitation/ Pre-Transport Stabilization Care of Sick Infants- Guidelines for Neonatal Healthcare Providers, 6th ed, 2012. Kristine Karlsen.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider Manual, 2011.
Leon, M.D. Chameides (Editor), Ricardo A., M.D. Samson (Editor), Stephen M., M.D. Schexnayder (Editor), Mary Fran, RN Hazinski (Editor).

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support: Provider Manual, 2011. Elizabeth Sinz, Kenneth Navarro and Erik S. Soderberg.  

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Student Course Manual, 2012. American College of Surgeons.