The NeuroICU Book
-Kiwon Lee goes deep into the intricacies of Neurocritical Care and performing in the NeuroICU.

Principles and Practice of Mechanical Ventilation
-You need to really love vents to love this book. I do and I do.
Principles and Practice of Intensive Care Monitoring-Unfortunately out of print; but this is the bible of monitoring technology.
Diagnostic Bronchoscopy-This book taught me how to bronch; good luck finding it though.
A good book to supplement a resident rotation along with the ICU Book.
Emergency Medicine Oral Board Review-Best oral board review book I have come across.



Still need more to read? These are the ones:

(Listed in order of descending relevance to a resident)

And of course, I can recommend the publications of EB Medicine (in my opinion, the best evidence-based EM publications out there–note I am biased as I am on the editorial board of two of their journals). Check out their publications. I especially recommend EM Critical Care for readers of EMCrit, but of course, EM Practice is the best general EM EBM publication out there, and if I treated kids, I’d be reading Pediatric EM Practice.

Want to see what journals I read each month? Beware the path to madness lies here.

For some reason, people are curious what I read when I am not reading the 60 journals, if you are one of those people check out the EMCrit Shelf.



  1. These are great books, I especially like the oral board review book, I’d also recommend it’s the source I have been using for board prep this year, and it’s pretty great and helps to sort of assess where you are as far as board readiness too.

  2. Excellent list, thank you. Many of those books fill in gaps in my library! Thank goodness for Amazon Wish List!

    Even better – the Common Hand injuries book is available on kindle for £6.49 – bargain price!

  3. Hi Scott,

    PR Carter’s “Common Hand Injuries” is now in its second edition on itunes for 9.99. It’s not in print and it doesn’t seem to be in digital form anywhere else. Thanks for the recommendation, it is great. The best books are so often single author books.

  4. Hey Scott,
    Any good recommendations (books or other) for those of us with a mild aptitude and understanding of bio-statistics looking to get better at tearing research papers apart?

  5. Hey Dr Scott,
    I’m an EM 1st Year Resident, what do you think of the Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine and Textbook of Pediatric Emergency medicine by Peter Cameron ?
    Are they good?

    PS- Any idea about the Tintinalli’s 8th edition release date?


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