Medicine is the art and craft of diagnosing and reparing biological
(specifically human) problems. Obviously, the first step is a sound
basis in Biology, which in turn relies on
Chemistry, plus a bit of
After that, it is a matter of knowing the specifics of the human body
(marieb04), and how to fix it
marieb04 is a general purpose anatomy and physiology
text, used by R.N.'s. harrison01 is a physiology
and internal medicine text, used by M.D.'s. In the nurses' text you
get a general overview of the systems and how they work. In the
doctors' text you get more detailed data, with biochemistry,
mathematical formulas for metabolic rates, and exotic disease
mechanisms. Beyond that level, you can get full texts on specific
organs, metabolic pathways, diseases, and surgical techniques.
If you can't fix the problem with non-invasive techniques, you turn to
surgery. In the old days, people died from the shock of surgery, or
from the infections. These days (in a good hospital, not crippled by
HMO cost-cutting maneuvers), the big problem is rehabilitation --
regaining full functionality. THat concern has led to "closed
surgery, where the work is done through small incisions, using scopes
and probes instead of slashing the patient wide open.
#acs2005 describes both forms.
All of this of course depends on a massively advanced technology for
diagnosis and treatment. In an emergency, far from medical support,
you need advanced first aid. wilkerson2001 is a
American College of Surgeons. "ACS Surgery: Principles and Practice",
2005. WebMD, 2005. ISBN 0-9748327-4-X.
The non-MD, and even the non-surgeon MD, should consider this sort of
text informative but not an invitation. If civilization collapses and
this text is all that is left, then you can perhaps use it to practice
on farm animals (esp pigs), until you have a good success rate -- and
only then (with no real surgeons to be found) try it on people.
- Dennis l. Kasper, Anthony S, Fauci, Dan L. Longo, Eugene Braunwald,
Stephen L. Hauser, J. Larry Jameson, editors. "Harrison's Principles
of Internal Medicine", 16th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2005. ISBN
I read it originally in 1974. Recently I bought the 16th edition, and
have read most of it. Sort of the Chilton's repair manual for
cellular mechanisms of the human body. Each section explains the
normal morphology and physiology, then the various things that can go
wrong, then the ways to fix what went wrong, and then the tradeoffs
and regimens (algorythms) for selecting treatments. Naturally, this
is no substitute for a full medical degree, but you can at least
understand what the doc is telling you.
- Elaine N. Marieb. "Human Anatomy and Physiology", 6th ed.
Benjamin CUmmings, 2004. ISBN 0-8053-5463-8.
- James A. Wilkerson. "Medicine for Mountaineering", 5th ed. The
Mountaineers, 2001. ISBN 0-89886-799-1. Detection, diagnosis, and
treatment of wilderness perils. Heat, cold, altitude, trauma,