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Patient, public and environmental health, alternative medicine

Health and Medical Reference refers to questions that pertain to any aspect of health, medicine, or biomedicine, including but not limited to consumer health, patient health, public health, environmental health, complementary and alternative medicine, biomedical research, and clinical medicine.

Health brochures in your local hospital, doctor's office or community health centre. telephone helplines such as NURSE-ON-CALL or Directline. your doctor or pharmacist. reliable health information websites, such as government sites, condition-specific sites, support organisation sites, and medical journals.

A medical manual is literature (usually a book) describing diagnosis, treatment, management, and prognosis of various disorders.

A book containing useful facts or specially organized information, as an encyclopaedia, dictionary, atlas, yearbook, etc. is known as Reference Book. And a textbook is a manual of instruction in any branch of study. Text books are produced according to the demands of educational institutions.

A medical manual is literature (usually a book) describing diagnosis, treatment, management, and prognosis of various disorders. The first known medical manual is the Edwin Smith papyrus of ancient Egypt.

After consensus has been reached, it is incorporated in textbooks. There are textbooks on every medical specialty and they contain comprehensive discussion on all diseases and their diagnosis, therapy and prognosis. The first textbook to utilize experts to write specific chapters within the book was the Cecil Textbook of Medicine edited by Russell Cecil, MD in 1927. The book was an immediate international success because of the idea that single or double author medical books was outmoded, "since the scope of medical knowledge was far surpassing the capacity of any single individual to encompass". Since that time, this has been the standard. Examples are:

  • Cecil Textbook of Medicine
  • Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine
  • The Oxford Textbook of Medicine
  • The Principles and Practice of Medicine
  • The Textbook of Pain
  • Harrison's Principal of Internal Medicine

Internet

Most prominent journals and textbooks are currently available on-line or via CD-ROM. Certain online services including Medscape and MDLinx offer aggregated digests of new articles from prominent medical journals.