Famines have dropped the population to 1 billion and global civilization has collapsed. In an effort to save future civilization some time, you want to provide some information to kick start civilization's regrowth. We assume that the tech level has dropped back to Europe in 1801. If we knew it in 1801, they will know it.
You have to choose exactly three books or articles on medicine
(And only about human medicine. Other topics will be covered in other questions.) By virtue of a print-on-demand press and a generous internet connection (and minimal scruples about copyright law), you can get your hands on the text and diagrams of most any book/article in existence.
Any set of three books that appropriately maximizes the below criteria compared to any other set of books will be most preferred.
- Readability to a broader scientific audience though this won't be the general public. This is intended to avoid problems like Newton's Principia that's basically unreadable to someone who wasn't a personal friend or contemporary of his.
- Breadth of coverage across all three books. The effects want to maximize knowledge transfer as much as possible.
- Content of each book should be strongly connected to the other two. There will be differences in terminology that arise as concepts not described in the books are rediscovered by the future scientists (they will come up with different names for things) . Having one book lead to another minimizes this kind of problem.
- First, or first clearest expository of a foundational concept or system for that field. (Principia is first but someone else wrote a clearer explanation later. Thus, the latter work is preferred over Principia. )
- Recognizable to someone in that field, in 1801, that the material in the book is about that field.
- Corrects misinformation or model failures in knowledge in this field at the target entry time. (Pick your favorite "I can't believe the early people got that wrong" moment. Fixing those moments is important and the primary hope of these books. )
- Be as self-contained a set as possible. We cannot be sure that any other set of Three Books will be found to reinforce what's found in these books.
- No restrictions on the original language of the book. A Rosetta Stone-style translation aide will be included with these books to assist future translators.
Printing off all the medical articles on Wikipedia won't satisfy because...reasons. Downloading all the articles off biorxiv.org won't work either. Only actual books will satisfy.
Preserving the books and translating them into many languages are solved problems. You're responsible only for picking the three books. These won't be electronic copies as we can't be assured that someone will have access to electronics when they find these books.
Note to Responders: Three books was chosen as it is a tractable small number and forces hard choices about which books are really worthy. You cannot get an entire field into three books, so don't try. How to store these books and how to make sure they are found is outside the scope of this book.
Further Note: I'm not willing to minimize the scope of the question from medicine to something like organic microbiology. The point of these questions is to provide a recovering civilization with an early stage jumpstart. Once they get to where they can only make progress with interdisciplinary research, that's out of scope. (Thank you Olga saying it so succinctly.)
This question is a part of the Only Three Books series. It will grow to cover many and diverse topics, thus, the fairly narrow scope.