Every healthcare provider has a stack of dog-eared sacred favorites they travel with, for life. This selection is based on one MD's annual assessment.
Criteria for inclusion in a list of top 25 medical books of all time: Usefulness: is it useful to an array of generalists and specialists? Accessibility: can a non-expert understand it on the first read? Temporal relevance: is it likely to remain relevant for many years to come?
The Chest X-Ray: A Survival Guide: Authors approach interpretation of the chest x-ray in sections on: Anatomical problems (eg, lobar collapse, pleural abnormalities) Clinical problems (eg, dyspnea, cough, chest pain) Visual problems (eg, nodules, white outs, one lung looks blacker).
Acid-Base Case Studies: Unique case-based approach to diagnosing acid-base disorders. “It seems as though almost every case presented was, is, or should be, a Board question somewhere.”
Differential Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases. Text arranged based on clinical problems, chief complaints (eg, fever, pneumonitis, diarrhea), not according to bugs or disease.Special entries included that alert readers to noninfectiousÂ diseases that can mimic infectious diseases (eg, eosinophilic pneumonia and pulmonary embolism as possible mimics of acute infectious pneumonitis).
Minor Emergencies: Splinters to Fractures. “A book about exceedingly common, seldom taught, and frequently overlooked medical conditions (eg, avulsed teeth, tick bites, bee stingsâ¦aphthous ulcers.)” A “veritable goldmine of high-yield Board material for Steps 1, 2, & 3 and is just plain excellent.”
Mark Yoffe, MD, an internal medicine specialist who also writes about medical education and media, is the creator of the Web site www.MedicalMediaReview.com. Among other assessments of educational literature on the site is Dr Yoffe’s “Top 25 List of the Best Medical Books of All Time” which he updates every year.Â To curate contenders, Dr Yoffe trolls both online and brick-and-mortar bookstores looking for newly published medical texts and new editions of old standards. He also pays attention to what medical students and residents are reading.How does a text make the Medical Media Review’s annual list ofÂ “Top 25 of All Time”?Â In the slides above, find Dr Yoffe’s criteria for inclusion and our unscientific sampling of 5 texts from the most recent roster of the Top 25. Get the full “Top 25 List of the Best Medical Books of All Time for 2015.”