As preppers most of us have some medical training, basic first aid at least. We also have medical kits equal to our skill level if not a bit above.
On advanced medical kits books that are beyond our skill level there seems to be two schools of thought - 1) that you shouldn't have medical kits or books beyond your skill level and 2) that any medical equipment and reference books you can get your hands on should be added to your supplies.
I'm of the second school of thought. I find books on advanced medical topics, like surgery, at the local thrift stores every once in a while. I also find good deals on Amazon on used medical texts. I tend to pick these up since they are cheap and I like having as broad a reference library as possible. The way I see it, for something like an appendix that is considered a simple procedure that most people can be taught to do, if I'm faced with the choice of watching someone die or giving them a chance to live by removing their appendix I'd give it a try. Along with that goes the thought that if the world as we know it ended I might come across a doctor / med student / veterinarian who could use that medical gear or those medical reference books because he or she wasn't familiar with a particular operation or procedure.
For me a chance no matter how small is worth taking when the other option is certain death. And if I can help that chance by having equipment and reference material then that is what I will do.
What are your thoughts?