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Why Use Reference Books?
Print reference books do not check out and must be used in the Library. The purposes of using reference books are to
- obtain the scientific term and correct spelling of the disease
- gain background information about the disease.
Try These 4 First
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (A.K.A. Merck's Manual)
Call Number: REF RC55 .M4 2018
Look in the index at the back of the book to find the name of your disease. The pages with the "best" information on your topic are in bold.
The title is linked to the online version of The Merck Manual for Health Care Professionals.
Human Diseases and Conditions
Call Number: REF RC81.A2 H75 2017 v.1-v.4
Presents articles dealing with two hundred and eighty diseases and disorders, from acne and brain tumor to tobacco-related diseases and yellow fever. The index is in Volume 4.
Professional Guide to Diseases
Call Number: REF RT65 .P69 2013
The index is at the back of the book. To use this book effectively, read the beginning of the section with the disease you are researching.
Medical Diagnosis and Treatment 2018 by
Call Number: REF RC71 .A14 2018
Publication Date: 2017-09-02
The index at the back of the book provides the scientific name, if any, of a disease immediately after the disease. This is followed by the page(s) where more information is given.
Additional Print Reference Books to Explore
Stedman's Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing Arranged alphabetically.
Call Number: REF R121 .S8 2012
The Cambridge World History of Human Disease Use the index in the back of the book to find the pages with information on a disease. Each disease has "distribution & incidence," "etiology & epidemiology," "clinical manifestations," "history & geography," and "bibliography."
Call Number: REF R131 .C233 1993
Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine Index found in the back of Volume 4. The numbers in bold are the "best" for the topic.
Call Number: REF R733 .G34 2001
Professional Guide to Signs & Symptoms Inside the front cover of this book is an interesting flowchart for "Evaluating a Sign or Symptom." At the back of the book is the index.
Call Number: REF RC69 .P76 2011
If you need to research a specific drug that is used to treat your disease, look for it in the PDR:
Physician's Desk Reference
REF RS75 .P5 2017