Top 10 Medicine Books

Medicine is a fascinating topic and through the centuries medical procedures have changed a lot. In our range of amazing medicine books, you can uncover the strange history of medicine and the facts behind some of the oldest and newest alternative medicines. So, whether you're a medical professional looking for some interesting new reading material or you're just searching for which medicine book you need to keep as a reference guide on your bookshelf, we've got you covered.

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1. Human Anatomy

Alice M Roberts

This visual guide will answer all your questions about human anatomy and then fascinate you with even more amazing facts. Each of the body's core systems is given the time and attention it deserves through detailed diagrams and explanations. Although understanding the complexities of the human body can be a huge task, this handy book is definitely a good place to start, and it's readable for children aged 7 years + too so you can share the wisdom of this book with young biologists too.

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2. Press Here! Reflexology for Beginners

Stefanie Sabounchian

If you are intrigued by alternate medicines then it may be worth looking into the ancient art of reflexology. The idea is that by applying pressure to certain parts of your feet, you can help ease pain and stress in corresponding areas of your body. Discover the ways in which this unusual form of medicine could work for you with this fascinating introduction to reflexology.

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3. Medicine's Strangest Cases

Michael O'Donnell

Medicine's Strangest Cases is an excellently entertaining read for doctors, medical students and anyone fascinated by science or history. Packed with bizarre true stories of the weirdest medical cases the world has ever seen such as the tale of the Harley Street physician who invented a disease. Funny and unusual, don't miss the chance to find out what strange facts this book has to offer.

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4. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine

Andrew Chevallier

Find out the medicinal properties of over 550 plants and how they can help cure more than 80 ailments in this thick tome. Backed up by the latest scientific research and featuring some vital safety advice, this book can really help you uncover what herbal medicine can do for you.

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5. Neal's Yard: Complete Health & Healing


Neal's Yard has been making organic health and beauty products for over 30 years and in this brilliant book by DK you can get an insight into how they select which herbs and oils they use for their products and why. They even share their secrets on how to grow and make their remedies yourself and what the correct dosages are. With step-by-step instructions and plenty of information, you'll be well on your way to mastering alternate medicine with Neal's Yard's assistance.

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6. Concise Medical Dictionary

Elizabeth Martin

This illustrated dictionary needs to take pride of place on every bookshelf to help you through any little emergency that comes your way. With 12,400 easily accessible entries included and all the information gathered from the latest medical research, this dictionary is an essential medical resource for every household and for those working in medical professions.

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7. The Cancer Chronicles

George Johnson

George Johnson's award-winning science book is inspired by his wife's metastatic cancer diagnosis and the research he embarked on to discover all he could about the disease. His book looks back over how cancer has affected human history and considers the new theories and ideas about the disease that have surfaced in the new medical revolution. Join George in his journey of discovery and see what eye-opening facts you can learn about one of the world's most infamous diseases.

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8. 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's

Jean Carper

After discovering she had the Alzheimer's gene, Jean Carper decided to discover all she could about the disease and how to prevent it. In her book, she shares 100 things she has found that can help reduce your chances of getting Alzheimer's with tips ranging from drink apple juice with cinnamon to remembering to read and dance as often as you can. Find out new details about this disease as well as how to protect yourself against it in one endlessly interesting read.

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9. The History of Medicine

Mark Jackson

As long as the human race has existed, there has been some concept of medicine and in historian Mark Jackson's fascinating book, you can learn all about the history and evolution of medical practices. Starting in ancient times and tracking the development of medicine across the world and into the 21st century, you'll gain an extensive overview of the history of medicine in one gripping read.

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10. First Aid Fast for Babies and Children


Be prepared to care for your little ones through every problem life throws at you with this brilliant first aid book. With clear step-by-step instructions covering over 100 medical conditions, you'll learn how to cope with every situation life throws at you, from dealing with cuts and sprains to life-saving procedures. Never feel unprepared with this great medicine book.

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If you're lacking a brilliant medicine book in your life, one of these are sure to be the cure, otherwise, take a look through our other great medicine books.

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    Shortlisted for 2014's Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, George Johnson's The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery is a vibrantly informative and provocative look at the war against cancer - from the age of dinosaurs through to today and beyond.

    When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, science-writer George Johnson embarked on a journey to learn everything he could about the disease and the people who dedicate their lives to understanding and combatting it.

    What he discovered is that a revolution is now under way - an explosion of new ideas about what cancer really is and where it comes from.

    His luminous accounts describe tumors that evolve like alien creatures inside the body, paleo-oncologists who uncover petrified tumors clinging to the skeletons of dinosaurs and ancient human ancestors, and the surprising reversals in science's comprehension of the causes of cancer, with the foods we eat and environmental toxins playing a lesser role.
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    Go on a visual journey and discover the biological wonders of the human body with Human Anatomy: The Definitive Visual Guide.

    In the book you'll be greeted by spectacular anatomical images of each of the body's core systems in dazzling detail - from ear bones to lymph nodes - expertly written and annotated to provide essential details on organs and body structures.

    A beneficial resource to anyone studying Biology or Physiology, or for those curious as to how these in-depth systems combine to make the body work, the book is the definitive visual guide to human anatomy.

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    In a world burdened by chronic conditions, mutating viruses, and a health service strained to its limits, the history of medicine challenges our understanding of what it means to be healthy. By illuminating the ailments and methods of the past, our own dilemmas about medical practice and policy can be put into a new perspective. Esteemed historian Mark Jackson takes us from the dawn of medicine in the ancient world to the most recent developments pioneered in the twenty-first century's hospitals. On the way, Jackson explores eastern traditions, as well as the origins of today's "alternative" therapies, offering piercing insight into how medicine has reflected and shaped society throughout the ages.
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    If you drink apple juice with cinnamon, look after your gums, read, dance and take an aspirin a day - you are well on your way to preventing Alzheimer's disease. When bestselling author Jean Carper discovered she had the Alzheimer's gene, she was determined to find out if there was anything she could do to help herself. In this book, she teaches readers how to take simple and effective steps to prevent Alzheimer's disease, providing the scientific rationale behind the tools in the book and detailing instructions on how readers can apply particular steps to their lives. Based on the latest scientific findings and distilled into 100 short chapters, "100 Simple Things You Can do to Prevent Alzheimer's" is full of surprising strategies for battling age-related memory loss, including drinking apple juice, taking care of your gums and even simply trying new things.
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    Medicine's Strangest Cases is a choice prescription of weird and wonderful tales from the history of medicine, featuring the German doctor who fought a duel with a sausage, the Harley Street physician-turned-novelist who invented a disease - and its remedy - to keep his clients happy, and the quiet and cautious Swiss scientist who inadvertently unleashed LSD on the world. The stories in this book are bizarre, fascinating, hilarious, and, most importantly, true. Revised, redesigned and updated for 2016, this book is the perfect gift for medical students, clinicians, hypochondriacs and history fans. Laugh out loud and wince with sympathy with this rundown of the most bizarre medical cases ever. Word count: 45,000
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    Written by a team of medical experts, this market-leading illustrated dictionary contains 12,400 authoritative entries covering all aspects of medical science. The text has been fully revised and updated for this new edition to reflect the very latest in medical knowledge and practice. Entries are accessible and jargon-free and are complemented by over 145 illustrations and diagrams. This brand new edition includes over 450 new entries and features up-to-date coverage of public health medicine and general practice, drugs and pharmacology, endocrinology (particularly diabetology), and cardiology, amongst other specialist areas. Recommended web links are provided for many entries, accessible and kept up to date via a companion webpage on, and appendices have been expanded to include units of alcohol and the calculation of alcohol by volume, and a table of inherited medical conditions. Selling over 800,000 copies in previous editions, this is an essential A-Z for students and those working in the medical and allied professions, including nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, social workers, hospital administrators, and medical secretaries. It is also an invaluable home reference guide for the general reader.
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    From the experts at DK, this is the fully revised and updated Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine.

    Providing definitive reference on herbal plants and their medicinal properties, this informative book provides detailed descriptions for over 550 plants and remedies for more than 80 ailments.

    Based on the latest scientific research and safety advice, among the natural remedies included are those for headaches, arthritis and fungal infections. This is a handy book to have around the house when you want to look at using plants with therapeutic properties.
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    This must-have book will help you look after your little people. It covers everything from first-aid essentials to life-saving procedures and explains how to cope with life's little (and big) emergencies.

    With user-friendly, step-by-step instructions, it tells you how to treat over 100 medical conditions and injuries that affect babies and young children, ranging from minor cuts and burns to meningitis and asthma attacks.

    Many of the procedures are complemented by illustrated photographs that will help you understand what you will need to do in the event of any emergency. The solutions are also colour-coded for quick reference.
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    The experts at Neal's Yard will show you how to make herbal concoctions, aromatic oil blends, cleansers, balms, face masks and body scrubs in the comfort of your own kitchen with this incredible hardback.

    All extremely beneficial for your health, this book not only shows you what the various herbs and oils will treat but also how you can harvest and grow them and combine them to make a remedy. It even offers advice on the correct dosage to apply.

    There are step-by-step, photographic demonstrations to help you on the way to making the remedies. They can be used to treat up to 40 common complaints.
  • Press Here! Reflexology for Beginners - Hardback - 9780857626035
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    This contemporary introduction to the ancient practice of reflexology is perfect for anyone who wants to learn about the non-invasive nature of holistic healing.

    Reflexology brings the body into a state of deep relaxation where healing can take place. By applying pressure with your thumbs and fingers to specific parts of the feet, you will be able to bring relief to the corresponding part of the body.

    This book will help you understand where to find the reflex point on your foot and where this relates to on your body, as well as showing you how to apply the correct pressure technique. The double-page spreads make make it easier to find reflex points. By following these tips, you can relieve pain, alleviate stress, reduce anxiety, prevent ailments and improve vitality.