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Science Medical Links

Patrick Woodroffe

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www.blackwell-synergy.com a subscription site with 600,000 articles on many topics


http://www.druglibrary.org/ an excellent library on recreational drugs


http://www.fda.gov/default.htm:  though pro profits for the drug industry, this is a valuable source for general, easy to read information. 


http://www.ingentaconnect.com another subscription site with millions of articles


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Database/index.html a library of medical articles, easy to use with abstracts, and link for related articles—but not the full articles. 


http://www.mayoclinic.com an excellent public site    


http://scholar.google.com/  an excellent search engine, although many of the articles found require paid subscriptions to read. 


General Medical Information

  • Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ): Information on many topics [12/20/02]
  • American Academy of Family Physicians: More than 500 articles plus a medical dictionary, a large drug information database, and flow charts that advise when to treat symptoms at home when to call the doctor. Warning: The database "Herbal and Alternative Remedies" contains many monographs that are extremely misleading because they list common uses but fail to note which ones are senseless or unsubstantiated. [6/15/03]
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Hundred of position statements and articles about children's health and disease [7/16/03]
  • Guide to Clinical Preventive Services: Guide to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's landmark 1996 report on the scientific basis and cost-effectiveness of interventions for more than 80 potentially preventable diseases and conditions. The third (2000-2002) edition is being posted to the USPSTF Web site as segments become available [7/28/03]
  • Health, Fitness, and Nutrition: Gabe Mirkin, M.D., covers many topics [7/12/03]
  • HealthSquare: Comprehensive health information that includes searchable copies of PDR Family Guide to Prescription Drugs, PDR Family Guide Encyclopedia of Medicine, and PDR Guide to Women's Health [6/16/03]
  • InteliHealth: Contains a wealth of information and answers individual questions. Warning: Some of its news articles overstate the significance of preliminary research findings; and it contains unreliable information "alternative" practices. [7/8/02]
  • JAMA Patient Page: Single topic fact sheets issued weekly [6/9/02]
  • Keep Kids Healthy: Pediatric parenting advice [11/19/03]
  • KidsHealth.org: Many brief articles about children's health matters [11/19/03]
  • Mayo Clinic.com: Experts from the Mayo Clinic have posted information on many topics. They also answer individual questions. Warning: Many of its articles about and "complementary and alternative" methods are misleading. [12/04/03]
  • MedicineNet: Discussions of many diseases and treatments. Written by physicians. [1/24/03]
  • MEDLINEplus: Free searching of the National Library of Medicine database of medical journal articles [9/10/03]
  • MEDLINEplus Drug Information: Database of 9,000 prescription and nonprescription drugs [7/12/03]
  • The Merck Manual: This highly respected medical textbook covers most diseases, but much of it is too technical for laypersons. The consumer version is called the Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Edition [6/16/03]
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse: Index to more than 1,000 published guidelines [7/28/03]
  • National Institutes of Health Consumer Health Information: Links to more than 250 reports [12/16/03]
  • NetWellness: The University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University, and Ohio State University offer information for consumers and an "Ask an Expert" service. Ohio residents can access a huge amount of additional information through their public libraries [9/24/01]
  • Physicians Health Study: Harvard's studies of widely used preventive health measures [11/19/03]
  • Virtual Hospital: University of Iowa's searchable database of articles plus links to peer-reviewed Web sites [11/19/03].

Food and Nutrition


Arthritis and Related Diseases


Cardiovascular Disease


Gastrointestinal Diseases

Mental Health Topics

Other Diseases and Conditions (listed in alphabetical order by condition or service)


Dental Care

Tobacco Issues

Other Specialized Information Sites

Consumer Protection/Government Regulation

Laws and Regulations

Quackwatch Home Page

This page was revised on February 3, 2004.





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