Medical Assisting - Reference Books
The following books are a great starting point for finding information on a specific disease. They are located in the Reference section, so you can either use them in the library or photocopy the pages you need. The Call Number tells you where to find the book on the shelf in the Reference Section. Go to the index to find the pages for the topic you are looking for.
  1. The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 5 volumes.
    Call #: REF 616 GALE
    Each entry clearly describes the disease, diagnosis, symptoms, treatment and prognosis, and is written in everyday language.
  2. Encyclopedia of Family Health, 17 volumes.
    Call #: REF 616.03 ENCY
    Written for the layperson, with great color illustrations.
  3. Diseases of the Human Body
    Call # REF 616 TAMP
    Good overview of each disease. Diseases are arranged by body system.
  4. Professional Guide to Diseases
    REF 616 SPRING
    Good summary information. Also arranged by body system.
  5. Griffith’s 5-Minute Clinical Consult
    REF 615.5 GFRIF
    All the basic information in outline form. Contains many less common diseases.
  6. Atlas of Pathophysiology
    REF 616.07 ATL
    Each entry gives a one-page summary of the disease and an excellent one-page color diagram.
For more in-depth and technical medical information, consult the following medical “bibles”:
  • Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment
    REF 616.075 CURR
  • Current Emergency Diagnosis and Treatment
    REF 616.025 CUR
  • The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
    REF 616.075 MERCK
  • Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine
    REF 616 HARR
  • Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics
    REF 618.92 BEHR
  • Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures with Nursing Diagnosis
    REF 616.075 COR
  • Mosby’s Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference
    REF 616.07 MOSB
  • Nurse’s Quick Reference to Common Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests
    REF 616.07 NUR
  • Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice
    REF 610.73 LIPP
  • Saunders Manual of Medical Practice
    REF 616 RAKE
  • Procedures for Primary Care Practitioners
    REF 610.73 PRO
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing: Foundations of Clinical Practice
    REF 610.73 MEDICAL
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