Medical Resources For Writers

 

If you’re a writer, you want to get the medical details right. Here’s a curated list of resources to help you do that:

 

The Merck Manual (Home Edition)

-a complete medical manual, with emphasis on diagnosis & therapy (this version is written for lay people)

http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/index.html

 

WebMD

-a comprehensive site with information on illnesses, symptoms, medications, etc.

http://www.webmd.com/

 

US National Library of Medicine

-world’s largest medical library; PubMed available here (searchable research & studies)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/

 

eMedicine

-resource for all things medical, by MedScape

http://emedicine.medscape.com/

 

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

-wide variety of information on illnesses, infectious diseases, and global issues such as terrorism.

http://www.cdc.gov/

 

Lab Tests Online

-a public resource for information on lab tests and diseases

http://labtestsonline.org/

 

Mayo Clinic

-lots of information on symptoms, diseases, and tests

http://mayoclinic.org

 

Med Terms

-a medical dictionary for laypeople

http://www.medterms.com

 

Drugs.com

-information about medication (US):

http://www.drugs.com/

 

Medbroadcast Drug Info

-information about medication (Canada):

http://www.medbroadcast.com/drug_info.asp

 

Gray’s Anatomy

-the complete textbook, on Bartleby

http://www.bartleby.com/107/

 

The Writer’s Forensics Blog

-written by DP Lyle, MD.

http://writersforensicsblog.wordpress.com/

 

Death Reference

-an encyclopedia of all things related to death & dying

http://www.deathreference.com/

 

National Organization for Rare Disorders

-contains a database on rare diseases

http://www.rarediseases.org/

 

American Psychiatric Association DSM-5

-the diagnostic manual for psychiatric illness

http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx

 

WHO: World Health Organization

-for all global health issues

http://www.who.int/en/

 

Poisonous Plant Database

-by Cornell University

http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/index.html

 

National Association of Medical Examiners

-official information for the public on death certification and the like

http://thename.org/

 

The History of Medicine

-by the Science Museum in London, UK

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife.aspx

 

Forensic Magazine

http://www.forensicmag.com/

 

 

 

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