Updated March 01, 2019 by Quincy Miller

The 10 Best Medical Textbooks

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Murray & Nadel's Respiratory Me...
Comprehensive Treatment of Chro...
Medical Terminology

We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Anyone planning on entering the medical field should be aware there's going to be reading involved — a whole lot of reading. These textbooks cover a variety of disciplines and focuses, and we've chosen some editions that break down advanced concepts into easy-to-comprehend chunks, allowing you to rapidly absorb the information and put it to practical use. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best medical textbook on Amazon.

10. Medical-Surgical Nursing

9. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases

8. Medical Terminology

7. Comprehensive Treatment of Chronic Pain

6. Williams Endocrinology

5. Braunwald's Heart Disease

4. Murray & Nadel's Respiratory Medicine

3. Pathophysiology of Heart Disease

2. Guyton and Hall Physiology

1. Current Diagnosis and Treatment

Editor's Notes

February 28, 2019:

Current Diagnosis and Treatment earned the top spot because it's the title most likely to be useful to the widest range of users. Everyone from first-year students to practicing clinicians is likely to find it helpful. We've included books that we feel are the definitive look at their respective field of study, such as Murray & Nadel's Respiratory Medicine and Williams Endocrinology; those tomes are likely to be as useful for students of other disciplines who just want an overview of the subject as they are for dedicated practitioners. Similarly, there are other editions on this list, such as Medical-Surgical Nursing, which are designed to provide students with a broader look at the medical field rather than dialing in on a specific ailment or body system.


Quincy Miller
Last updated on March 01, 2019 by Quincy Miller

After getting his bachelor’s from the University of Texas, Quincy Miller moved out to Los Angeles, where he soon found work as a copywriter and researcher, specializing in health and wellness topics for a major online media brand. Quincy is also knowledgeable about home improvement, as he’s had extensive experience with everything from insulation to power tools to emergency room trips, sometimes in that order. Sharing a home with three dogs and a couple of cats has forced Quincy to learn as much as he can about pet supplies, animal nutrition and, most importantly, the best ways to tackle the mountains of fur that accumulate in every corner of your home.


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