+50 Free Medical Books [PDF]

Health sciences are indispensable to the well-being of modern societies. Health is a subject and a fundamental right in life, it is also an intangible value and an ideal state to which all human beings aspire.

Taking into account its relevance, we have created a collection of medical books, because we know that it is a research topic demanded by many readers in our community who, above all, put their preparation in first place.

The study of medicine is a long road where the apprentices need to make a theoretical and technical approach to all the principles and laws that govern this discipline. In addition, research and updating are an essential part of the training of a health professional. With our medical books you can meet the requirement of starting your research activities.

Medicine has accompanied humanity since prehistoric times. Human beings have always wanted to intervene and discover the origin and functioning of both our existence and our body. This has always been an object of study.

In ancient times, the healing power of plants was used to heal ailments of various kinds. It can be said that those who practiced medicine were witches, shamans, healers, fortune tellers and spiritualists.

With the passing of time, the knowledge in the field of medicine became more sophisticated, thanks to the advance of science many discoveries were made that led it take steps towards what we now know as Western medicine.

A representative figure in Ancient Greece was Hippocrates, who is considered the father of medicine. Hippocrates‘ contributions were extremely important, since thanks to them medicine was separated from other disciplines such as philosophy and began to develop as a profession.

Medicine can be defined as the science or discipline that investigates and provides diagnosis, cure and treatment for diseases of the body. Nowadays, it also has its focus on prevention and can be said that it is a science of physical healing.

It has many specialties, whose divisions come from the specific organ they deal with. Thus, for example, we have: ophthalmology (a specialty that treats the eye), cardiology (a specialty that treats the heart and blood circulation), traumatology (deals with traumas that occur in the spine and extremities, affecting bones, joints, muscles, among others).

Health systems pursue the well-being of societies and aim for access by the majority of the world’s population. Many official organizations and governments are ensuring that this goal is increasingly achievable.

Our collection of medical books in PDF format covers a wide range of specialties, as well as other health sciences such as nursing and dentistry. All titles are in the public domain and distributed free of charge.

You can access each one of them in the section corresponding to the area or specialty you choose and download them to your electronic devices without any inconvenience. Here you will be able to obtain essential information very useful for your studies and research.

1) Anatomy Books

Anatomy is a science that studies the structure of living organisms, in other words, the arrangement of their bones and organs and the relationship between them. Also, anatomy is the name given to the structure of living organisms. This term is widely used in sciences such as medicine and biology.

Anatomy, therefore, studies the characteristics, location and interrelations of organs that are part of a living organism. This discipline is in charge of developing a descriptive analysis of living organisms.

According to its approach, it is possible to divide anatomy into clinical or applied anatomy, descriptive or systemic anatomy, regional or topographic anatomy, functional anatomy, or anatomical pathology, among others.

2) Cardiology Books

Cardiology (from the Greek kardiā ‘heart’, and logia ‘study’) is the field of medicine that deals with the study, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the heart and circulatory system. It is a medical specialty, not a surgical one. The specialist in the surgical approach of the heart is the cardiothoracic surgeon.

When one is faced with a complex disease such as heart disease, it is important to find the most appropriate specialist. A diagnosis of heart or vascular disease often begins with the primary care physician, who refers the patient to a cardiologist. The cardiologist evaluates the symptoms and medical history and may recommend studies that can help make a more accurate diagnosis.

It is important to note that the field of cardiology is complex, so it is common for cardiologists to choose one of several subspecialties to focus their careers on.

3) Dentistry Books

Dentistry is the medical specialty dedicated to the study of the teeth and gums and the treatment of their ailments. This discipline deals with everything related to the stomatognathic system, which is made up of the group of organs and tissues found in the oral cavity and part of the skull, face and neck.

The origin of dentistry goes back thousands of years. The first documented dental practice took place in Egypt more than 5,000 years ago. Closer in time, barbers were responsible for extracting teeth until dentistry became institutionalized.

Some of the most common conditions of dental patients are cavities, malocclusion, periodontal diseases and dental trauma, among others.

4) Dermatology Books

Dermatology is a specialty of medicine that deals with the knowledge and study of human skin and the diseases that affect it. This specialty is also concerned with the prevention of diseases and the preservation or recovery of skin normality as well as with dermocosmetics which is dedicated to the hygiene, appearance and protection of the skin.

An expert in dermatology is able to study the structure of the skin, analyze its functioning and prevent, diagnose and treat the disorders that may occur in it. It should be noted that the skin’s problems can be generated directly in this integument or be a consequence of some type of internal ailment.

Although education varies in each country, generally a dermatologist is a physician who later specialized in dermatology. This allows the professional to have knowledge of endocrinology, neurology and other issues that are necessary to know the skin in depth.

5) Diabetes Books

Diabetes is a chronic disease that originates because the pancreas does not synthesize the amount of insulin the human body needs, manufactures insulin of inferior quality or is unable to use it effectively.

Over time, excess glucose in the blood can cause serious problems. It can damage the eyes, kidneys and nerves. Diabetes can also lead to heart disease, stroke and the need for limb amputation. Pregnant women can also develop diabetes, called gestational diabetes.

There is still no cure for diabetes, but you can greatly reduce the effect it has on your life by practicing healthy lifestyle habits, taking necessary medications, getting information on diabetes self-management and not missing appointments with your healthcare team.

6) Embryology Books

Embryology is the specialty that studies the formation and development of the embryo until its birth. Its development begins with fertilization, which gives rise to the formation of the zygote. Once the process in which the main structures and organs of the embryo are generated is completed, which is during the first month, the embryo will be called a fetus.

There are three branches within embryology: comparative embryology, chemical embryology and modern embryology.

Characteristics:

● It studies the prenatal development of individuals.
● It allows understanding the causes that generate genetic variations within the same species.
● Explains normal and abnormal development in the prenatal stage.
● It is able to recognize congenital disease for subsequent correction.
● It is found within several branches of medicine as it is related to pathology, genetics, pediatrics, ultrasonography, obstetrics and anatomy.

7) Epidemiology Books

Epidemiology is the science that studies the frequency of occurrence of diseases and their determinants in the population. Its interest is focused on the population, in order to know who, where and when they get sick, as necessary steps to get to know the reason for the distribution of the health-disease phenomenon and the application of this knowledge to the control of health problems.

Epidemiology, whose first antecedents date back to the time of Hippocrates (4th century BC), has evolved over time. Between the 17th and 20th centuries, some research studies on diseases were already being carried out following a scientific method that would lay the foundations of the modern epidemiological method.

Epidemiology generates information in three fields:

  • On the natural history of diseases and the effectiveness of preventive and curative measures. 
  • To formulate, implement and evaluate health plans and programs.
  • To improve the clinical decision-making process.

8) Forensic Medicine Books

The name of Forensic Medicine derives from Forum because in ancient times the place where this discipline was performed was called forums or courts. Nowadays, there are two different schools: the Latin one, which is in charge of the training of physicians called legalists. And the Anglo-Saxon one that is in charge of the training of forensic physicians

Forensic Medicine is the scientific medicine at the service of justice and law, and intervenes in all cases where medical expertise is required to determine responsibilities.

The most frequent cases are those involving injuries: Traffic or occupational accidents, homicides and catastrophes. In other cases there are no injuries, but a medical opinion is essential, as in the diagnosis of age and indecent assault (crimes of a sexual nature).

9) General Medicine Books

General medicine is the first level of medical care whose objective is to prevent, detect and treat common diseases, as well as to refer to the appropriate specialist, if necessary. Any person, adult or child, man or woman, can visit a general practitioner.

People see a general practitioner when they are unclear about the source of their pain or discomfort, or when they are facing symptoms that are not serious, but require medical evaluation and medication to treat them such as the common cold, abdominal pain or minor bumps. They may also see a general practitioner for a preventive checkup, including medical evaluation and orders for tests.

If you want to get into the world of medicine, we invite you to visit our selection of books on general medicine that will be of great help for your start in this exciting field of study.

10) Gynaecology Books

Gynecology is the specialty of medicine dedicated to the care of the female reproductive system. Gynecologists, therefore, are the specialists who deal with issues related to the female sexual reproductive organs (vulva, vagina, uterus and ovaries).

The Greek doctor Soranus, from the Methodist school, is considered the author of the first treatise on gynecology. The advance of medicine has associated gynecology with obstetrics, which deals with pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium. Currently, most gynecologists are obstetricians and vice versa.

The gynecologist also specializes in other women’s health problems, such as menopause, hormonal problems, contraception (birth control) and sterility.

11) Internal Medicine Books

Internal medicine deals with those pathologies that affect various organs of the body. It also deals with systemic diseases: that is, those affections that alter different parts of the body at the same time.

Thus, the Internist brings together the function of various specialists and prevents treatments from overlapping. This is fundamental in the case of medication. In fact, if there is no control, medications can interact and cause harmful effects. In any case, the internist always has the support and opinions of the other specialists.

This is a figure that is present both in medical consultations and in the treatment of admitted patients. For this reason, it is especially important to coordinate internal medicine with the other specialties and with surgery.

12) Neurology Books

Neurology is the part of medicine that deals with the study of the anatomy, function and development of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves) and the muscular system, both in its normal and pathological state.

Neurology comprehensively encompasses: medical care of the neurological patient, teaching of subjects affecting the nervous system, and research, both clinical and basic, within its scope.

Neurologists treat disorders of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves), muscle disorders and pain, especially headache. Neurologists are experts in various medical disorders, such as cerebrovascular diseases, Parkinson’s disease, headaches, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathies, infections of the nervous system, tumors and complications of head and spinal trauma. 

13) Neuroscience Books

Neuroscience is the scientific specialty dedicated to the integral study of the nervous system, taking into account its functions, structure and other aspects. In this way it helps to explain diverse characteristics of behavior and cognitive processes through biology.

Our brain defines us, processes the world around us and determines how we respond to stimuli. Processes such as falling in love with someone, being able to recognize yourself, or having a smell remind you of a place, all happen in the brain. But it also has dysfunctions caused by diseases, injuries or developmental deficiencies that affect the organ. All these processes have to do with neuroscience.

It can be said, in short, that neuroscience focuses on the brain and how this organ affects thought and behavior. Its general objective is to understand how the mind acts.

14) Nursing Books

Nursing is a profession that comprises the attention, autonomous care and collaboration of the health of the human being. Nurses are dedicated, in broad terms, to treating the potential or actual health problems that a person presents.

In 1852 was the beginning of professional nursing, since through the publication of Nightingale’s book «Notes on Nursing», nurses began to feel an interest in acquiring technical knowledge about their profession.

Nursing, today, is a career at the university level that is dedicated to the care and attention of medical patients. There are other jobs that perform functions that complement those of the nurse, such as the patient care technician or certified nursing assistant.

15) Nutrition Books

The relationship between nutrition and health has been known and accepted by all since ancient times, both in the preventive sphere and in the recovery from the damage suffered after illness. Thus, Hippocrates already said “let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food”.

Updating our knowledge in the field of nutrition aims to establish the best dietary recommendations to prevent disease and promote optimal health. Dietary habits are the most important environmental factor in the modulation of gene expression during the life of each person.

A correct choice of foods in the context of a varied, balanced diet and in sufficient quantity, will allow the correct development of the individual.

16) Ophthalmology Books

Ophthalmology is the medical-surgical specialty that relates to the diagnosis and treatment of defects and diseases of the visual system. With Otorhinolaryngology and Dermatology, it constitutes one of the so-called first generation specialties and historically it was the first to acquire academic accreditation and social acceptance as a specialty.

The word Ophthalmology is derived from the Greek roots Ophthalmos, which is translated as ‘eye’ and logos, which is one of the dozens of Greek words that are translated as ‘word’, ‘thought’ or ‘speech’. If translated literally Ophthalmology means «the science of the eye».

In the medical practice of this specialty, the field it covers is very broad since there are multiple primary diseases of the eye such as glaucoma, and the eye is the expression of many systemic diseases such as vasculitis, diabetes or high blood pressure.

17) Orthodontics Books

Orthodontics is a dentistry specialty that studies, prevents and corrects alterations in development, dental arch forms and jaw position, in order to restore the morphological and functional balance of the mouth and face, also improving facial esthetics. 

The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates of Kos (460-377 BC) was the first person on record to recognize the malposition of the teeth and to speak of the possibility of correcting them for aesthetic reasons. He made this statement in one of his books and, consequently, the Greeks were the first to be concerned about the correct position of teeth. 

The orthodontist is the one who determines if orthodontic treatment is necessary based on diagnostic elements such as a complete medical and dental record, a clinical examination, plaster models of the teeth, x-rays and photographs.

18) Pathology Books

Pathology is a branch of medical science primarily concerned with the cause, origin and nature of disease. It involves the examination of tissues, organs, body fluids and autopsies to study and diagnose diseases.

It is classified into general and systematic; the former explores what are degenerations, cancer, necrosis, inflammation, among others, the latter focuses on the study of organ systems, applying the basics learned in general pathology.

Specialists in pathology can be classified, according to their field of action, into clinical pathologists or anatomic pathologists. The former specialize in diagnosis by means of analyses obtained and examined in a clinical laboratory. Anatomic pathologists, on the other hand, concentrate their efforts on the deductions they can make from the morphological observation of lesions. 

19) Pathophysiology Books

Pathophysiology is a branch of medicine dedicated to the study of the mechanisms by which different diseases originate, which explains the reason for the symptoms and the different manifestations that accompany them.

Pathophysiology describes the “history” of the disease and, once it reaches the living organism, it is divided into three phases: initial, clinical and resolution. This science does not have a direct relationship with the therapeutics of diseases, but is limited to explaining the processes that determine their symptoms and signs.

Pathophysiology is part of almost all courses taught in medicine, the different specialties of medicine always deal with pathophysiology, this is due to how essential and elementary it is.

20) Pediatrics Books

Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that specializes in children’s health and diseases. It is a medical specialty that focuses on patients from birth through adolescence, with no precise limit determining the end of their validity.

It is not therefore a discipline aimed at the study of the diseases of a particular organ or system, but is the medicine of a being whose physical, psychological and social characteristics are very different from those of the adult subject.

Pediatrics deals in a total and complete way with the care of children and adolescents in the context of the environment where they develop (family, school and social). This fact implies, therefore, to assume significant biological, medical and social peculiarities that distinguish Pediatrics from the “transversal” medical specialties and that make a differentiated and specific training mandatory.

21) Pharmacology Books

Pharmacology is the science that studies pharmacological products or chemical substances, covering their biological effects, their composition, their sources and their chemical properties. It is within the field of biomedicine since it studies the biological effects and the effectiveness that drugs have on people in the treatment of a specific medical problem.

Thanks to pharmacology, it is possible to know drugs in depth and to know how their interactions with the organism develop. In this way it is possible to determine their effects on living organisms, which can be positive or toxic.

The origin, history, chemical and physical characteristics, mode of action, absorption and effects of drugs are some of the topics of interest in pharmacology, which has great importance due to the therapeutic use of the substances studied.

22) Physiotherapy Books

Physiotherapy (from the Greek φυσις physis, ‘nature’, and θεραπεία therapéia, ‘treatment’) is a branch of health sciences that uses physical agents (natural elements) to restore function once lost or prevent it from being lost in individuals or populations.

Physiotherapy includes the application of electrical and manual tests to determine the value of muscle involvement and strength, tests to determine functional capacities, range of joint movement and measures of vital capacity, as well as diagnostic aids to control evolution. .

Works at:

  • Improve the conditions of patients to carry out their activities of daily living.
  • To alleviate the pain of patients as much as possible.
  • Improve the physical capabilities of patients.
  • Improve the psychological state of patients by promoting adequate physical activity and performing exercises.
  • Improve the postural hygiene of those affected.
  • Inform patients about the pathology they suffer.

23) Psychiatry Books

Psychiatry is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, management, treatment and recovery of mental health disorders. The concept of Mental Health includes not only the absence of psychiatric illness, but (according to the World Health Organization) a “state of general well-being, affecting all psychological spheres of the individual”.

It was not until the 19th century that mental disorders began to be scientifically treated as diseases. Until then, people suffering from mental illness were locked up in insane asylums and received various treatments designed to restore their sanity.

In contrast, the psychiatrist is responsible for diagnosing and treating mental illnesses, approaching them primarily from their physiological side, either by prescribing medication or any other type of medical intervention necessary to balance the brain’s biochemistry and repair or compensate for impaired physiology.

24) Radiology Books

Radiology is the medical use of radiation to diagnose and treat various health problems. From the use of gamma rays, X-rays and other types of rays, it is possible to obtain internal images of the body.

Some of the lesions that can be diagnosed by this test are the following: Bone lesions, Diseases of the thorax, Pathologies of the abdomen. In some specific cases, radiology can also be used for treatment.

The radiologist is a physician specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries using medical imaging techniques such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET), image integration and ultrasound.

25) Sexology Books

Sexology investigates sexual interactions, behaviors, orientations and identities. Its specialists, known as sexologists, can contribute to the fight against sexually transmitted diseases, design a treatment for anorgasmia, work on the prevention of unwanted pregnancies and offer therapeutic assistance to increase the intimate enjoyment of a couple, to name a few possibilities.

Everything that has to do with the relationship between men and women, not only what happens to their bodies and their genitals when they meet; but what happens to their lives due to the fact that they are men and women, is the field of application of sexology.

Sexologists say that in order to enjoy a full sexuality it is advisable to have a healthy diet, minimize stress and do sports activities, for example. Also important are the dialogue in the couple and the knowledge of the body.

26) Surgery Books

Surgery is the branch of medicine dedicated to cure diseases by means of operations. There are several branches of surgery such as: general surgery, orthopedic and trauma surgery, plastic surgery…

Surgery is a broad area of care that includes many different techniques. In some surgical procedures, tissue is removed, such as an abscess or tumor; in others, obstructions are opened or unblocked. In other procedures, arteries and veins are connected in new positions to provide additional blood supply to areas that were not receiving enough.

Other names by which the surgery is known are operation or surgical procedure, and it can be minor, when it involves no or minimal risks and is performed under local anesthesia; or major, if performed in an operating room under full anesthesia.

27) Thanatology Books

Thanatology is the name given to a discipline related to the effects of death on the organism. It consists of a series of knowledge from medicine and other sciences that analyzes various aspects of death.

 Thanatology was accepted as a science in the 1950s. Since its conception and up to the present day, thanatology has been treated in an interdisciplinary way and includes the evaluation of our relationship with death and not so much to speculations or beliefs (religious, cultural or otherwise).

The main role of the thanatologist in the grieving process is to ensure that the patient or any human being suffering a loss is treated with respect, affection, compassion and that their dignity is preserved. The ultimate goal of the thanatologist is to guide the sick or grieving person towards acceptance of their reality, acceptance which translates into hope about the current situation.

28) Traumatology Books

Traumatology is the branch of medicine that specializes in trauma and its consequences. Experts in traumatology, known as traumatologists, study the injuries that occur in the musculoskeletal system.

Traumatology also includes orthopedics, which corresponds to a science in charge of diagnosing, correcting and preventing injuries related to deformities that occur in different bone structures, either congenitally or acquired.

The origin of traumatology is very old. Hippocrates (460 B.C. – 370 B.C.) already appealed to splints to immobilize fractured bones and achieve their recovery. Much later, from the combination of calcium sulfate and water, casts were created to achieve immobilizations.

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