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Books on General Health Information at the UCSF Library

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American Medical Association complete medical encyclopedia - medical editors, Jerrold B. Leikin, Martin S. Lipsky.
Call Number: RC81.A2 A497 2003
ISBN: 0812991001
Contains symptom charts, atlas of the body, alphabetical encyclopedia of medical topics, first aid, list of health education organizations, and discussion of confidentiality of patient information.

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American Medical Association family medical guide - American Medical Association
Call Number: RC81 .A543 2004
ISBN: 0471269115
Arranged by medical topic, this title discusses health, diet and exercise, reducing stress, safety, first aid, caregiving, children's and adolescent health, diseases and disorders of all kinds, and care of teeth and gums.

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American College of Physicians complete home medical guide - editor-in-chief, David R. Goldmann ; associate editor, David A. Horowitz.
Call Number: RC81 .A5386 2003
ISBN: 0789496739
Health information orgaized by body/organ system with numerous color illustrations.

General Health Information

Here are resources for general health information provided by nationally respected medical and health sciences institutions.

These information resources cannot take the place of consulting health care providers.

  • MedlinePlus
    MedlinePlus offers accessible and reliable information on health conditions and wellness, a medical dictionary and encyclopedia, health information in many languages, extensive drug information, and health research news. MedlinePlus is produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), and is an excellent starting place.
  • NIH Health Information
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Health Information website includes information on clinical trials, health information hotlines, and NIH publications. Health conditions are explored for particular groups and populations, and can be browsed by bodily location.
  • UCSF Medical Center
    The UCSF Medical Center website features information on health research at UCSF, medical tests and patient education materials, an A-Z guide on conditions and treatments, and assistance with finding health providers and requesting appointments.
  • FamilyDoctor
    Produced by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the FamilyDoctor website features health information for women, men, parents and children, seniors, and an A-Z guide to health conditions. A Smart Patient Guide helps with a variety of topics including insurance, and an Over-the-Counter Guide looks at non-prescription medications.
  • Mayo Clinic
    The Mayo Clinic website offers extensive information on diseases and health conditions, symptoms and their possible causes, drugs and supplements, tests and procedures, first aid and self-care, and healthy lifestyles.
  • UCSF Patient Health Library
    This blog summarizes recent health updates from health and wellness newsletters. Further health and wellness resources are available at the physical location of the UCSF Patient Health Library at the UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, 1600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, on the 1st floor of the Hospital Building.

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