What Are Some Important Medical Reference Books?


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Some important medical reference books include "Gray's Anatomy," "Williams Textbook of Endocrinology," "Novak's Gynecology," "Samter's Immunologic Disease" and "Anderson's Pathology," according to Rutgers University. "Ackerman’s Surgical Pathology" is a standard reference, notes the New England Journal of Medicine, which also rates "Anderson's Pathology" as an important work.

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"Gray's Anatomy," first published in 1858, is widely regarded as a scientific and medical classic, states Doctor's Review. It was originally written by Dr. Henry Gray and illustrated by Dr. Henry Vandyke Carter, after they were given access to London's unclaimed dead bodies. It has been revised, reprinted and used as an eminent source of knowledge on human anatomy ever since. The renowned 40th British edition was published in 2008.

"Ackerman’s Surgical Pathology" is the standard reference work of practicing surgical pathologists, notes the New England Journal of Medicine. Its author, Juan Rosai, MD, is widely recognized for his expertise, and his work provides information on the latest advances in surgical pathology, such as immunohistochemistry, genetics and molecular biology, writes Elsevier.

"Anderson's Pathology" features chapters written by several experts on various areas of pathology, including cellular injury, errors of metabolism, inflammation and healing, writes the New England Journal of Medicine. It also features chapters on forensic pathology, drug and chemical injuries, environmental pathology and radiation-induced injury, subjects typically reserved for more specialized sources.

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