As a medical student, you will learn how to use a stethoscope like this by reading one of your Elsevier books. (Image credit: Tess Watson)

Elsevier is a major textbook publishing company and is directly affiliated with the Reed Elsevier publishing group. It primarily specializes in science and medical textbooks for students along with a host of other journals and materials for industry professionals. The company was founded in 1880 and is based in Amsterdam. It also has publishing centers in the United States and the United Kingdom. Elsevier employs over 7,000 individuals and has 70 offices in 24 different countries around the world. Because of its international presence, the company publishes books in 12 different languages, including English, Spanish, French, Polish, and Japanese The company currently produces over 20,000 different textbooks and 2,000 journals, many of which are published annually and some of which come out every week or month.

Elsevier has two separate publishing divisions within its organization – the Science & Technology department and the Health Sciences department. In the Science & Technology division, textbooks, reference manuals, and electronic resources are produced on computer technology, engineering, space, and a variety of other subjects that fall into majors such as electrical engineering or computer science. In the Health Sciences department, materials on health and medical topics are produced. Many students enrolled in pre-med programs or medical school utilize these textbooks, in addition to students taking general science courses that are required for undergraduate degrees.

Here are some of the college textbooks that have been published by Elsevier over the last few years:

Clinical Companion to Medical-Surgical Nursing (Clinical Companion] by Sharon L. Lewis, Shannon Ruff Dirksen, and Margaret M. Heitkemper (2007)

Practical Ship Design, Volume 1 (Elsevier Ocean Engineering Series) by D.G.M. Watson (2007)

Quantum Magnetic Resonance Imaging Diagnostics of Human Brain Disorders by Madan M Kaila and Rakhi Kaila (2010)

Although Elsevier produces a large number of textbooks for college students and faculty members, the company also prints materials for other individuals and groups. These include government research agencies, corporate research labs, scientific researchers, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals. Because of the expertise of the company’s editors, college students who get to use Elsevier’s textbooks will enjoy some of the most comprehensive and in-depth information in their books that is also utilized by professionals in various science and health industries.

Some of the materials produced for professionals include:

The American Journal of Medicine

Biological Psychiatry

Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems

Journal of International Money and Finance

Personality and Individual Differences