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The following sites provide access to health-related reference works, as well as reliable sources of health information on the Web.

CAPHIS Top 100
The Medical Library Association Consumer and Patient Health Information Section’s list of trustworthy sources for health information on the Web.

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Contains a wealth of reliable health information, including health and safety topics, health statistics, travelers' health information, and more.

Complete Guide to Understanding Cancer
Publication of the Mesiothelioma Support Group.
A broad-based online resource with about 2,000,000 articles and definitions from leading dictionaries and encyclopedias. Resources include Stedman's Medical Dictionary, as well as legal, computing, and financial dictionaries, acronyms, and two general encyclopedias.

Gateway site to reliable consumer health information, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

An interactive herbal database offering hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an impartial, evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers, and general public, provided by the Alternative Medicine Foundation, Inc.

The National Library of Medicine's Online Catalog of books, journals and audiovisuals.

LPSN List of Prokaryotic Names With Standing in Nomenclature
Includes, alphabetically and chronologically, the nomenclature of bacteria and nomenclatural changes as cited in the Approved Lists of Bacterial Names or published in the International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology or in International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.

Martindale's Reference Desk
Incredible collection of online reference tools on everything from Aerospace medicine to Zoology: calculators, dictionaries, shareware, and more.

One of the the largest medical reference sites. Links include 6,000 medical journals in 80 subspecialties, and the home pages of 4,000 medical associations. Other research tools include medical glossaries, disease databases, clinical trials and guidelines, and medical journals offering full-text articles.
Provides easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers. Lengthy articles cover diseases, symptoms and signs, tests, and drugs. The MedTerms dictionary contains over 16,000 terms, including abbreviations, acronyms, jargon, eponyms, and medical history not easily found in other online medical dictionaries.

The National Library of Medicine’s consumer health information website.  Contains links to MEDLINE, as well as dictionaries and other reference tools, physician and hospital directories, and specialized health science databases.

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) Browser
An indispensable thesaurus for medical indexers; used for indexing MEDLINE and other NLM databases. Also searchable via PubMed.

Merck Manuals Online
Contains searchable full-text online editions of resources such as Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, Merck Manual Home Health Handbook, and Merck Veterinary Manual.

PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 14 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. Includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.

Searchable database of prescription drugs, containing physical descriptions, indications, adverse effects, etc. Includes a list of the 200 most-prescribed products.

The Ultimate Guide to Self-Employed Health insurance
An in-depth guide to health insurance selection issues and terminology, from

Services that help physicians, consumers, providers and health plans navigate the complexity of the healthcare system, including dictionaries, symptom checkers, and information about physicians and insurance plans. Specialty Dictionaries
Full-text English language dictionaries for biology, chemistry, dentistry, medicine, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines.