Authors: Robert S. Porter  and Justin L. Kaplan
Edition : 19th



  • Nutritional disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Hepatic and biliary disorders
  • Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders
  • Ear, nose, throat and dental disorders
  • Eye disorders
  • Dermatologic disorders
  • Endocrine and metabolic disorders
  • Haematology and oncology
  • Immunology; allergic disorders
  • Infectious diseases
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Neurologic disorders
  • Pulmonary disorders
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Critical care medicine
  • Genitourinary disorders
  • Gynaecology and obstetrics
  • Paediatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Injuries; poisoning



  • The highlight of this book! Although American written, we include Merck Manual here in Medical Book Guru because of its relevance to medicine and world renowned status – and it has this status because of just how much information is packed concisely in this one book that you can pick up with one hand despite having nearly 4000 pages
  • Essentially all pathologies mentioned are broken down into: aetiology, symptoms and signs, diagnosis and treatment – with the more clinically relevant problems obviously being covered in greater detail. This feature is often missed in countless textbooks, who often will mention just a small paragraph on an uncommon condition, leaving you to search the internet for further information, and not break it down like Merck do


Visual aspects

  • Despite having an impressive range of content, the information does not look crammed on the pages, the text if of a reasonable sized font so that you are not straining to read it and there is just enough spacing on the pages not to make your eyes hurt – which is just so impressive considering there are other books which have less information and yet somehow crammed to the edges of each page with text.
  • Although there are hardly any diagrams/illustrations, there are many tables to break down information and also a small section at the back with clinical photographs ranging from retinas to full-thickness 3rd degree burns (in total this section is about 14 pages long).



  • This book is often called the ‘Bible of Medicine’ and it is easy to see why!
  • Despite some management plans being different to UK NICE guidelines, (as well as some statistics being different) this is easily overlooked by the sheer amount of content packed in this one very small, very manageable book.
  • Therefore if you want just one book to cover pretty much all you need to know when studying medicine, this is one of the best options available.



  • Kumar and Clarke medicine
  • Oxford Clinical Handbook of medicine (though both have less content than the Merck Manual)


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