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Health and Medicine

Health and Medicine Subject Guide

The issue of health and medicine is a very popular topic in the library. It is important to remember that any of the materials suggested in this list should only be used as a supplementary source of information. Any questions or uneasiness about a disease, symptoms, treatment, or medication should be directed to a healthcare professional.

Supersites | Physicians/Hospitals | Drugs & Medications | Diseases & Illnesses 


Web Resources:

Healthy NJ - Information for Healthy Living
Information on Health and Wellness, Diseases and Conditions, Just for Kids, and Health in NJ.  Resources also available in Spanish.

 Physicians / Hospitals 

Finding the right doctor is an important decision. The books and web sites listed below are places to go to check the schooling and affiliation of physicians and specialists.

Web Resources:

American Medical Association-Directory of Physicians
This internet site provides physician data for more than 650,000 doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathy or osteopathic medicine. This site also includes information on diseases and illnesses.


Look up New Jersey Physicians and check on their educational background and license information.

Martindale's Health Science Guide
This site provides links to physicians and hospitals worldwide. It also has a directory of links to sites dealing with drugs that are being developed, and newly approved drugs on the market.

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 Drugs and Medications

Descriptions of prescription and over-the-counter medication such as dosage, side effects and other information can be located in the following books and web sites. The drug can be searched by both generic and brand names.

Print Resources:

Complete Drug Reference - Ref 615.1 Com

Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR)- Please ask at the Reference Desk

Physician Desk Reference for Non-prescription Drugs - Ref 615.1 Phy

Web Resources:

Drug Checker
This service allows you to take the preventive step of determining whether the drugs you are taking interact with each other, or interact with a certain food, and cause a bad reaction in your body. Can also be used to find general information on specific drugs.

An extensive and well-designed medical site. Sections include: Diseases and Conditions; Procedures and Tests; Medications; First Aid; Poison Control. There is also an continually updated medical dictionary that is written for the layperson as well as the doctor.

PDR Family Guide
This is the online version of the Physicians' Desk Reference. Information on drugs and supplements, diseases and conditions,

Medline Plus  
Includes information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health on prescription and nonprescription drugs.

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 Diseases and Illnesses

The books and web sites listed below are general medical reference materials. They provide basic information such as a description of the symptoms and signs, diagnosis and recommended treatment on various diseases and illnesses.

Print Resources:

Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment - Please ask at the Reference Desk

Merck Manual - Please ask at the Reference Desk
The manual is by type of disease and provides a description of the symptoms and recommended treatment. It is also available on the Internet at

Web Resources:

National Cancer Institute  
This site is designed for "anyone with a question on cancer, in particular: patients, caregivers, health care professionals, researchers and others." Information on this site is reviewed and revised regularly by experts in oncology and related specialties and is based on the latest research in the field.

Oncolink-University of Pennsylvania
Provides information for patients, their families and other healthcare professionals on many areas of cancer.

Medline Plus
Extensive information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health on over 600 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

Consumer oriented web site that has links to information on a variety of health related issues.

HealthyNJ is a product of the University Libraries at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Developed by librarians to meet the healthcare information needs of consumers, particularly the citizens of New Jersey, policy makers, and health care professionals.

Health information provided by a network of U.S. Board Certified Physicians working together to provide the public with current, comprehensive medical information, written in easy to understand language.  Medicinenet also has great information on Procedures and Tests

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