Looking for a good book on medical procedures- help needed
Thread poster: Luke Mersh

Luke Mersh  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Spanish to English
Sep 4, 2015

Dear friends and colleagues.

I would like your help on information on a good book about Medical Procedures.

I am slowly building up my resources, I know that there are a lot of websites and information on the internet, but I would like to know if anybody knows of a good book on this subject too.

any advice is welcome.

many thanks in advance.


 

jyuan_us  Identity Verified
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I think you need to narrow down your question Sep 4, 2015

What is a book on medical procedures? I think you should first define your phrase of medical procedure before anybody can come up with any advice.

 

Luke Mersh  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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reply Sep 4, 2015

Thank you for your comment.

I am looking for a book that explains medical procedures in a clear way.

I am looking for a book that covers many medical procedures, what I mean is medical operations.

To help me better understand medical reports and what each test or operation carried out involves.

regards


 

Woodstock  Identity Verified
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For lack of any more specifics Sep 4, 2015

I just googled "medical procedures books" and got an impressive looking list at the online book store alibris in UK. They also have used books, so that would make acquisition quite a bit cheaper.
http://www.alibris.co.uk/search/books/subject/Medical-Medical-Procedure?
That doesn't really answer your question, but it's a start.

If you get no other more useful - i.e. specific - suggestions here, I would ask at a reputable medical school what they recommend to their students, or call a medical library.


 

Elif Baykara  Identity Verified
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Still not narrow enough Sep 4, 2015

but you can have a look at the publications of Springer Verlag or Thieme. This may help.

 

Luke Mersh  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 13:36
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narrowing down Sep 4, 2015

Thank you all for your replies and comments.

Let me see if I can narrow down further.

I am looking for books that can help me better understand medical reports, how to interpret them and understand the terminology stated on the report.

As medical reports can be on different medical operations , I am trying to find book on medical operations so I understand what has been carried out.

many thanks.


 

Fiona Grace Peterson  Identity Verified
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Approach Sep 4, 2015

If your goal is to understand medical reports, I think you need to take a different approach.

The medical field is so vast that a single volume could not possibly cover all procedures. You would probably be better off looking for sample medical reports (you can find a lot on the Internet), and studying the various issues and fields that come up.

Or go to a medical library, as Woodstock suggests - that way you can actually look through what's available and find what best fits your needs.


 

Luke Mersh  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 13:36
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narrowing down Sep 4, 2015

@Fiona
I agree with you there actually.
I have been looking for sample medical reports, but as these are generally confidential, it makes it difficult to find good samples.

will continue to search the net and other resources.


 

Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
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No general medical "cookbook" Sep 4, 2015

It's certainly possible that someone has written "Surgery for Dummies" ...
But as far as I know, there is no general text on medical procedures, as each physiological system requires different treatment approaches, that is, a heart catheterization is quite different from inserting a catheter into a bladder, for example. Even a general procedure such as imaging entails different technologies (ultrasound, X-ray, CAT, PET CT, etc.), as well as varying patient preparation.

You might find it fruitful to look for a manual for medical transcriptionists or physician assistants which will define/explain different medical terms and procedures. Your personal physician might be able to direct you to useful source material.


 

Elif Baykara  Identity Verified
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If you look for laboratory investigations, Sep 4, 2015

it is a whole world by itself.

To my knowledge, there is no single book covering them all. It is a huge subject and it takes time to progress in the terminology and basic knowledge.

Start simple. Pick some keywords (clinical chemistry, laboratory investigations etc and perform an effective google search.
There you can find some forms and references and that would narrow you search. Examine the websites for medical school curricula. They may refer to some literature sources.


 

TechStyle  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Billing codes? Sep 4, 2015

You might be best looking at the (US) billing system for this - there should be some good reference sources, and it should give you a fairly broad overview of common procedures.

If you look at it from a "medicine" angle, you'll get buried in specialties straight away: you'll find oncology textbooks, ophthalmology textbooks etc, but little or nothing that gives an overview of the whole field. Medical billing, though, tries to encompass the whole range, from ingrown toenails to psychiatric treatment. That, and perhaps a medical dictionary for specific terms you need definitions for, might give you a decent start.


 

Gisela Greenlee  Identity Verified
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Check out the samples available at this site Sep 5, 2015

http://www.mtsamples.com/

This is a site for medical transcriptionists and they have a treasure trove of sample medical reports, just about any procedure and specialty.


 

Amel Abdullah  Identity Verified
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Student materials Sep 5, 2015

Try searches for nurse or doctor study guides or aids on Amazon.com. There are many useful books and other materials that simplify various topics for medical and nursing students.

 

Luke Mersh  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 13:36
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found book a medical records. Sep 7, 2015

I have found a good book about understanding medical records, now I am trying to narrow down my field to help with which area of specialization to go for, had thought about cardiology, but an still trying to decided.

regards


 

Luke Mersh  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 13:36
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reply Sep 9, 2015

@Kevin.

I have been looking at books about medical transcription and they too look interesting.
Looks like I will be getting a few different books.


 


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