Dr. Jules Berman, one of the most accomplished pathology informaticians in the country, has just published a book entitled Biomedical Informatics. Here is the link to the publisher's web site and below is an excerpt of the description of the book:
Ideal for healthcare workers, students and biomedical researchers who wish to use informatics technologies in their own clinics and laboratories, Biomedical Informatics describes the fundamental issues and questions in the field, and reviews the different types of biomedical data resources and open source tools needed to fully utilize biomedical data. You are shown how to navigate through the legal, ethical, and technical hazards of biomedical informatics to become self-sufficient and productive. You will finish with an understanding of how to acquire, organize, annotate, and share biomedical data, how to render confidential data harmless through de-identification, and how to use a variety of free and open source utilities to solve common computational tasks. Berman also discusses how the Perl Language is used in biomedical informatics and provides short Perl scripts that can be applied in the biological research and healthcare settings.
To quote Jules description of the book in an email to me, "It clarifies the fundamental principles of the field (rather than just describing past and current efforts in the field) and teaches a set of skills that are needed to work as an independent informatician." This is a volume that any serious student of biomedical informatics should add to his library. I recommend it highly.