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Health & Medical: Books

A collection of information resources and guidance for Health & Medical students

New Health and Medical books in the Drill Hall Library

Learning and intellectual disability nursing practice
Children and young people's nursing at a glance
Digital skills for nursing studies and practice
Doing a literature review in health and social care
Sabiston textbook of surgery
Perspectives on spirituality in speech and language therapy
Essentials of pharmacology for nurses
Principles and Practice of Surgery
Academic success : a student's guide to studying at university
The developing mind : how relationships and the brain interact to shape who we are
McCance & Huether's pathophysiology
Decision making in paramedic practice
Critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment
Effective leadership in health and social care
Interventions for speech sound disorders in children
Ambulance care clinical skills
Medical ethics and law : a curriculum for the 21st century
Minor injuries : a clinical guide
Study skills for paramedics and other healthcare professionals
Understanding mental health practice for adult nursing students
ABC of major trauma
Learning disabilities : a non-specialist introduction for nursing, health and social care

Fantastic free resource

A book cover: mind the gap, which has stripes of varied skin tones running top to bottom.Black and Brown Skin is an online resource developed by Malone Mukwende, a medical student from St George's. It showcases how a range of diseases are presented clinically on black and brown skin. Most of the images in textbooks tend to be of white skin, so this project addresses this important gap.

It includes a downloadable handbook named Mind the Gap: A handbook of clinical signs in Black and Brown skin, but the site continues to be updated with new examples.

Most-borrowed health books: January 2023


The Drill Hall Library has a small number of useful health-related DVDs available. The DVDs are shelved in the Group Study Zone (behind the Lifestyle Collection) and are listed on our catalogue. 

Books, books, books

Shelves full of colourful books.Books are an essential resource for academic study (though you will need to go beyond them!). Luckily, we have well over 100,000 of them in the Drill Hall Library, and access to thousands of electronic books as well.

You can find physical and electronic books through your university LibrarySearch, using the options in the left-hand menu.

  • Canterbury Christ Church University - go to LibrarySearch and ensure you are logged in.
  • Greenwich - log in to the Portal, go to the My Learning (students) or Learning Support (staff) page and click the link to LibrarySearch from here. Ensure you log in. This works much more effectively than going directly to LibrarySearch.
  • Kent - go to LibrarySearch and ensure you are logged in.


Ebooks are available from each university - these can be accessed from home and in most cases can be used by multiple people at once.

Search your university LibrarySearch, and select ebooks from the left-hand menu. If no ebook option appears, it simply means we don't have any ebooks for that search, but you can always try a different search.


Note: you may need to view the video in full screen mode to see the captions.

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We don't keep printed copies of theses or dissertations in the library, but you may be able to find them on your institutional repository:

Alternatively, you could try the British Library's EThOS service, which provides access to many theses from UK universities.