S1. Human Anatomy Online. (www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html)

The site provides images, animations, descriptions and much more related to human anatomy.

Health and Medicine

The American Medical Association has posted numerous warnings about medical information on the Internet. Library patrons should be strongly urged to use with caution Web sites that are not sponsored by a state or federal agency or a reputable association or medical school.

S2. Alternative Health Watch. Available through TexShare.

The site includes information about alternative health remedies such as kava root, saw palmetto, ginkgo, acupuncture, massage therapy, and Chinese medicine.

S3. The Cornell Illustrated Encyclopedia of Health: The Definitive Home Medical Reference. Antonio M. Gotto, ed. lifeline, 2002. 1,312p. (4)

This comprehensive encyclopedia on health is an excellent addition to a sizeable body of such works available on health and medicine. The 3,600 alphabetically arranged entries cover diseases, anatomical systems, drugs, procedures, and other health topics. Entries begin with a one-sentence definition, highlighted in blue, followed by a longer explanation. The work is heavily illustrated. Other such works, also recommended, include: Mayo Clinic Family Health Book: The Ultimate Home Medical Reference, rev. and updated (Morrow, 1998. [4]) and Johns Hopkins Symptoms and Remedies: The Complete Home Medical Reference, ed. by Simeon Margolis (Rebus, 1999. [4]), produced by another famous medical school.

S4. Health and Wellness Resource Center. Available through TexShare.

This large database include the full text of Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, Gale Encyclopedia of Childhood and Adolescence, Harvard Special Health Report, and PDR Family Guide to Health and Nutrition. It also identifies 2,200 key general interest health publications and 700 health and medical journals.

S5. Health Sources – Consumer Edition. Available through Texshare.

Full-text of articles from over 190 health-related journals and abstracts and indexing for an additional 250 comprise this site. Topics include medical science, food science and nutrition, child care, sports medicine, and general health.

S6. Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Edition. Ed. by Robert Berkow et al. Merck, 1999. 1,509p. (1pa.)

Based on Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, a highly regarded encyclopedia on diseases, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment, this work is designed for laypersons. It provides information on almost all medical problems and discusses prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. The generously illustrated text was prepared by over 200 internationally respected medical specialists. This source also is available online as Merck Source: Your Online Health Partner at www.mercksource.com/.

S7. Merriam-Webster’s Medical Desk Dictionary. 2nd ed. Merriam-Webster, 1996. 928p. CD-ROM included with purchase. (5)

Designed for use by medical professionals and educated laypersons, this medical dictionary contains some 57,000 entries, including pronunciations and many examples of word usage. The CD-ROM includes 44,000 audio pronunciations and over 160 full-color illustrations. Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, edited by Donald Venes. (A. Davis Co., 2001. [4]), containing 56,486 entries, is a less expensive work but is designed for the more sophisticated user.

S8. The On-line Medical Dictionary. (http://cancerweb.ncl.ac.uk/omd)

This online source provides definitions for some 140,000 terms having to do with medicine or science, including acronyms, jargon, and theory.


S9. Food and Nutrition Information Center. (www.nal.usda.gov/fnic)

This extensive site provides information on dozens of nutrition topics such as adolescence and aging, and health problems such as diabetes and heart problems. There also are dietary guidelines and information on food composition.

Prescription and Nonprescription Drugs

S10. Complete Guide to Prescription and Nonprescription Drugs. H. Winter Griffith. Perigee, 2002. 1,081p. Annual (2pa.)

This useful source, prepared by a physician, provides information for some 5,000 brand-name drugs and 490 generic drugs. Data includes dosage, side effects, precautions, treatment, interactions with other drugs, and more. Although this work is not as comprehensive as Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR), it is more user friendly. PDR (Medical Economics [8]) is prepared for use by physicians and often too difficult for the lay reader. There also is a Physician’s Desk Reference for Nonprescription Drugs (Medical Economics [5]) and a Physician’s Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines (Medical Economics. [6]).

S11. The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs. James J. Rybacki and James Long. HarperCollins, 2002. 1,314p. Annual. (2pa.)

Designed to supplement information provided by the doctor or pharmacist, this guide, written in language for the layperson, profiles more than 300 drugs of major importance encompassing more than 2,000 brand names. Data includes benefits, risks, dosage, side effects, and information hundreds of herbal and prescription combinations to avoid.

First Aid

S12. American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care. James A. Hill. Random House, 2000. (1pa)

Alphabetically arranged entries cover injuries and lifesaving techniques as well as information on preparation for emergencies—supplies to keep on hand, emergency room treatment, etc. Since emergency care procedures change over the years, older editions of first aid guides, such as the 1994 edition of this standard work, should be discarded.


S13. The National Parent Center. (www.tnpc.com)

A wide variety of features make this a useful site for those with children—craft ideas, college cost calculations, seal of approval products, product recalls, recommended travel destinations, and more.

S14. Parent Soup. (www.parentsoup.com)

The site offers expert advice on common problems—sleep, eating, behavior, kids and money, health, child care, siblings, divorce, and much more.


S15. American Veterinary Medical Association Presents: Care for Pets. (www.avma.org/care4pets)

AMVA provides information on such topics as animal health, pet loss, buying a pet, and pet safety.

S16. Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds. D. Caroline Coile and Michele Earle-Bridges. Barron’s Educational Series, 1998. (2)

This work provides in depth coverage of 150 American Kennel Club breeds, two pages for each. There are beautiful color photographs, along with history, temperament, upkeep, health, and other information. “At a Glance” boxes rank each breed for many traits, such as energy level, exercise requirement, playfulness, affection level, and grooming requirements.

S17. CataLOG. Bruce Fogle. DK Publishing, 2002. 400p. (2)

This guide to cats provides origins, features, temperment, and other information on over 70 breeds. Fabulous full-color photographs support the text. This is an excellent quick reference guide. Ultimate Encyclopedia of Cats, Cat Breeds, and Cat Care by Alan Edwards (Lorenz, 1999. [3]) is another excellent work of this type.

S18. Merck Veterinary Manual. 8th ed. Charles Fraser. Merck, 1998. 2.305p. (3)

Concise, clear entries provide information on animal diseases and problems understandable to the well-informed layperson. There is information on animal physiology, behavior, management, nutrition, pharmacology, toxicology, and more.

Automotive Repair

S19. Chilton’s Auto Repair Manuals Series. Annual W.G. Nichols Co. Prices vary.

There are many repair and service manuals published by Nichols, most for specific models of automobiles both domestic and foreign. Others in the series are for trucks, vans, ATVs, motorcycles. Libraries should purchase those which are in demand in their areas.

Price Guide: (1) Under $15 (2) $16-$25 (3) $26-$35 (4) $36-$45 (5) $46-$55 (6) $56-$65 (7) $66-$75 (8) $76-$85 (9) $86-$95 (10) Over $96

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