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Medical Encyclopedias

Note: these are mainly encyclopedic type sites with limited features.
You may want to try the more comprehensive
Indexes/All-In-One Sites.

Health & Wellness Resource Center
Has an encyclopedia component but is also an excellent all-in-one site. Free to you through your library, use your library barcode to access this subscription database from home. This resource has online content and quality unavailable at free websites. Integrated features include: fulltext articles, a medical dictionary, encyclopedia, drug finder, health news, health assessment tools, directory of organizations, links to related websites, bibliographies of current relevant books on your topic, and more.

MedlinePlus' adam Health Illustrated Encyclopedia
From the Natl. Library of Medicine, over 4,000 topics, medical photographs and illustrations, for the layperson.

An all-in-one site. At the left, under "Medical Info" are sections include: Diseases & Conditions, Check Symptoms, Medical Library, Drugs & Herbs, Quizzes & Calculators, Clinical Trials, and insurance.
Under "Quizzes, Calculators" are "Illustrated guides (scroll down the page to reach them). The "guides" have limited topics but good coverage and are animated. Conditions include: stroke, diabetes I & II, breast cancer, coronary artery disease, depression, and more.

Martindale's Health Science Guide
Mainly for professionals, but it's an extensive range of specialized reference materials. (Scroll down page to view selections).

Natl. Organization for Rare Disorders
The largest database on rare disorders. Includes: over 1,100 diseases, over 900 FDA "orphan drugs", foundations, organizations, agencies, and support groups.

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (17th ed.--1999)
The general medical textbook used the most by medical professionals. Content from hundreds of medical experts. Over 300 chapters on diseases, disorders, and related drug information in 23 specialty areas including nutritional disorders, cardiovascular disorders, infectious diseases, gynecology/obstetrics, clinical pharmacology, and poisoning. Entries include causes and risk factors, symptoms and diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. Searchable by keyword and hyperlinks to chapters, topics, diagrams, and tables.

The Merck Manual Home Edition - 1997
The version of the Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy for lay persons. Information in everyday language on diseases, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. This is just part of the print edition, but it contains entire sections on the heart, infections, the eye, and gynecology and obstetrics. New: a new "Interactive Version" (certain software and system requirements listed) provides animation, photos, pronunciations, video, illustrations, and more.

The Merck Manual of Geriatrics - 3rd ed., Fall 2000
Features include a unique interdisciplinary approach that specifically addresses the challenges facing geriatric care. It includes information on nursing care, pharmacy issues, and discussions of the best drugs for the elderly.

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Roadside Attractions
More interesting sites you might want to try.

  • The Bad Bug Book - the FDA's handbook on foodborne pathogenic microorganisms and natural toxins.
  • Plants For A Future - includes the Species Database: "detailing nearly 7000 plants, all of which are either edible, have medicinal properties or have some other use such as fibres, oils or soaps. For each plant the database contains details of the uses of the plants, as well as information on the environment it will grow in, and cultivation details."

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