information provided here is not intended nor is
implied to be a substitute for professional medical
advice. Always seek the advice of your physician
or other qualified health provider prior to starting
any new treatment or with any questions you may
have regarding a medical problem. The Ocean County
Library has no control over the content of other
sites and shall not be liable for any damages or
injury arising from that content.
Magazines & Medical Journals
Use our magazine/journal database, EbscoHost,
to find articles on health and medical issues. Try
the following databases for your searches: Health
Source: Consumer Edition and Health Source: Nursing/Academic
Edition. Full-text articles are available.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC is a government supersite for medical
and health information. Fact sheets, brochures,
and CDC journal articles are included on: diseases,
chronic conditions, parasitic infections, and virus
outbreaks. Health data is made available from the
National Center for Health Statistics. The CDC is
an excellent resource for travelers’
health. This Web site includes vaccine recommendations
for travelers of all ages. Health information is
provided about specific countries including any
outbreaks that travelers should be concerned with.
Cruise ship health information is provided including
sanitation inspection scores.
An excellent place to start a search for health
information on the Internet. It is a service of
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
that provides access to many government and non-profit
organizations’ publications and Web sites. It
is especially useful for providing information on
specific diseases, health and nutrition, and alternative
This web site
is provided by the University of Medicine and Dentistry
of New Jersey (UMDNJ). You can find information
about diseases and medical conditions and other
information useful to stay healthy mentally and
physically. Select a medical condition and you can
get general information, search medical journal
literature about the condition, join a discussion
group or chat room on that topic. Click on “Reference
Desk” to get a collection of medical web sites
including medical dictionaries, medical textbooks,
physician directories, and drug information. Information
is geared for the consumer as well as health professionals.
Clinic Health Oasis
This Web site is directed by a team of Mayo
Clinic physicians, scientists, writers, and educators.
Medical information provided is from the experience
and knowledge of more than 2,000 physicians, nurses,
and scientists at the Mayo Clinic. This site uses
centers to cover diseases and conditions such as
allergies, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis,
cancer, digestive and heart disease, as well as
nutrition, child health, women’s and men’s
health. Detailed information is included from Micromedex
for prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Provides easy-to-read, in-depth health information
geared to the layman. The material is written, reviewed,
and/or edited by board certified physicians. It
has current health news from Reuters News Service
with doctors’ comments on certain hot topics.
Searchable sections of the site include "diseases
and conditions," "procedures and tests,"
"medications" (including over-the-counter
as well as prescription drugs), a "medical
dictionary," and a section giving tips on "healthy
Medscape is an advanced search medical site
that offers thousands of full-text medical articles
geared for medical professionals. You must register
to read the articles and other resources, but registration
is free. Medscape also provides access to MEDLINE,
a database from the National Library of Medicine.
MEDLINE provides abstracts from medical journals.
Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Provides information important to New Jersey
residents on a wide variety of topics including:
HMO Report Cards, Nursing Home Performance Reports,
training and education in medical fields, medical
reports on diseases and conditions, and New Jersey
health statistics. Click on "Health Topics
A-Z" to get information and reports diseases
in the news such as SARS and West Nile Virus, Superfund
site in New Jersey, Dover Township Health Assessments,
and cancer statistics.
Information written and edited by a team of
doctors and medical writers you can look up: diseases
and conditions, symptoms, prescription and non-prescription
drugs, herbs, and diet and nutrition. Access
you can search for a doctor from a nationwide database
of over 500,000 physicians. WebMD clinical
Trial Services provides information on clinical
trials currently recruiting participants and has
a "Personalized Trial Matching Service."
also Web sites in the General
Medical Resources section above.
This site offers an international listing of
more than 41,000 industry and government sponsored
clinical trials that are actively recruiting patients.
You can search for trials by disease and geographic
area, or you can sign up to be notified about new
trials. There is a comprehensive listing of drugs
that have recently been approved by the Food and
Drug Administration. You can also review summaries
of ongoing medical research conducted by the National
Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute.
Drug Patient Assistance Programs
Lists companies that provide drugs to physicians
free of charge for patients who can not afford to
pay for them. Eligibility requirements are listed
for each company with a list of products that are
covered by the program.
RxList has information on over 1,300 prescription
drugs including side effects, cost, and clinical
trial results. An important feature is that you
can search by imprint codes. This is useful if you
have an unknown pill and want to find out what it
is. This Web site also lists the top 200 prescription
drugs sold by year.
This online doctor finder provides information
on more than 690,000 licensed doctors of medicine
(MD) and doctors of osteopathy (DO). You can search
by name or medical specialty. It will provide information
about the physician’s training such as: year
of graduation from medical school, school attended,
and residency training. It also provides information
on what kind of medical practice the physician has,
the location of the practice, including a map, and
whether the physician is an AMA (American Medical
Association) member and board certified. Includes
physicians that have been accredited by the American
Medical Accreditation Program (AMAP).
Jersey Doctor List
This website officially called New Jersey Health
Care Profile is from the New Jersey Dept. of Consumer
Affairs and the New Jersey State Board of Medical
Examiners. The profiles provide information about
a physician's education, licenses, internships,
residencies, and board certifications. It also includes
any disciplinary actions, hospital restrictions
and malpractice payments.
This directory from the State Board of Medical Examiners
provides very basic information on doctors. Search
a doctor by name and you will get an address, license
number, and any disciplinary history.
Top Doctors in New Jersey
New Jersey Monthly magazine’s listing of the best doctors in New Jersey are compiled in “NJ's Top Doctors." To get access to the online searchable database of New Jersey's Top Doctors you will need to contact the Information Services Dept. of your local branch of the library.
Top Doctors in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Magazine’s listing of top doctors for the Philadelphia area comes from publisher Castle Connolly Medical Publishing. There are 57 medical specialties to choose from. It includes physicians from 35 hospitals in the Philadelphia area including New Jersey hospitals in Camden, Burlington, Atlantic, and Gloucester counties such as Cooper Medical Center and Deborah Heart and Lung Center.
Best Doctors in New York
New York Magazine’s best doctor list includes 1,107 physicians from New York in all five boroughs and several surrounding counties. Covering 66 medical specialties the information comes from Castle Connolly Medical Publishing’s annual guidebook “Top Doctors: New York Metro Area.
This is the online version of America’s
Best Hospitals published by U.S. News &
World Report every year. U.S. News reviewed
over 6,000 hospitals in the United States. Of these
only 205 appear in the rankings for best hospitals.
Using "Best Hospitals Finder" you can
search by specialty, geographical area and by name.
You can search for the highest ranked hospitals.
This list of the top 17 hospitals in the country
is called the U.S. News Honor Roll.
Hospital report cards grade the performance
of more than 5,000 hospitals. The hospital report
card uses a five star rating system to grade performance
in cardiac surgery, cardiology, orthopedic surgery,
back and neck surgery, pulmonary/respiratory treatment,
vascular surgery, and obstetrics for all U.S. hospitals.
Physician report cards and nursing home report cards
are available for a fee.
YourSurgery.Com is a multimedia database of
operative procedures designed to educate average
people about their surgery. This site which charges
a fee explains the most commonly performed surgeries
using simple diagrams. Each procedure includes information
on the concise description of each surgery, possible
complications of surgery, postoperative care, and
innovations in surgical techniques.
Provides advice from physicians about integrating
conventional medicine with alternative therapies
and supplements. A reference library is included
with information on vitamins, minerals, herbs, and
other supplements. More than 80 popular alternative
medicine therapies are covered including benefits
and tips for choosing a practitioner. Look up a
medical condition or disease in one of the "healing
centers" and you will find a discussion of
the condition by a physician with information on
the symptoms, treatment, prevention, and supplements
recommended. You can e-mail a question to one of
the physicians and other experts on staff.
Board of Chiropractors
site from the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners
provides information on chiropractors licensed
to do business in New Jersey. Search for
a chiropractor by name and you will get name,
address, and any disciplinary history. Also,
included is a complaint form if you have a problem
with your chiropractor and the process of filing
What is the National Library of Medicine?
NLM, the National Library of Medicine,
is the world's largest medical library and the
creator of PubMed/MEDLINE which contains over
14 million references to journal articles from
4,600 worldwide health science journals cited
back to the 1950s. NLM provides free health information
to libraries, health professionals, and consumers
around the world.
NLM's flagship database for health care professionals
provides access to over 14 million citations from
biomedical articles back to the 1950's. PubMed
also includes links to many sites providing full-text
articles and other related resources.
is NLM's site for reliable, up-to-date consumer
health information. Resources on more than 650
health topics, prescription and over-the-counter
drugs and clinical trials are featured, as well
as a medical encyclopedia, news stories, interactive
tutorials and directories of health care providers.
MEDLINEplus is also available "en espanol."
provides easy access to information on over 9,000
clinical studies sponsored by the National Institute
of Health, other federal agencies and private
Senior Health is a new talking Web
site with formats and topics tailored to the needs
of seniors. The information is based on the latest
research on aging.
is a central resource for current information
on clinical trials for AIDS patients, federally
approved HIV treatment and prevention guidelines.
Town is a consumer-friendly, interactive
guide to toxic substances commonly encountered
at everyday locations like schools and office
Products Database presents easy-to-understand
information on the potential health effects of
more than 2,000 ingredients contained in more
than 4,000 common household products.
is an extensive collection of bibliographic and
full-text information covering the effects of
drugs and other chemicals on humans.
is an occupational toxicology database designed
to inform the public about the health effects
of exposure to chemicals at work.
Home Reference is a consumer-friendly
guide to genetics, with explanations of key terms
and principles, descriptions of diseases that
can be inherited and a geographic listing of genetic
counselors, among other resources.
is NLM's online catalog, providing information
on the Library's collection of more than 7 million
books, journals, audiovisuals and other holdings.
for information on a specific medical condition,
medical test, prescription drug or physician? Many
Web sites can be used to find this kind of information.
There are also many books available in the Ocean
County Library’s collection that provide this
Usually a one-volume book that has a lot of
general medical information published by a medical
school. Some titles include:
Clinic Family Health Book, Columbia University
Complete Home Medical Guide, Harvard Medical School
Family Medical Guide, and Johns Hopkins Family
Medical textbooks written for physicians
and medical students. These books contain comprehensive
diagnosis and treatment information of diseases and
medical conditions. Some titles include:
PRESCRIPTION DRUG BOOKS
Textbook of Medicine, Harrison’s Principles
of Internal Medicine, and Current Medical Diagnosis
These books provide information on the
use of prescription drugs including side effects,
recommended dosage, and possible food and drug interactions.
The library has books written for the professional
and for the layperson. Some titles include:
Physicians’ Desk Reference, Mosby’s GenRx,
Drug Facts & Comparisons, Essential Guide
to Prescription Drugs, The PDR Family Guide to
Prescription Drugs, and The People’s Guide
to Deadly Drug Interactions.
These directories include information about
physicians such as: medical school attended, residency,
internships, and board certified specialties. Some
MEDICAL TESTS & PROCEDURES
Official ABMS Directory of Board Certified Specialists,
The Medical Society of New Jersey Physician Membership
Directory, and Top Doctors: New York Metro Area
and America's Top Doctors.
These books include information such as:
patient preparation, normal ranges, what abnormal
ranges may signify, and the approximate cost of each
test. Some titles include:
SELF- HELP DIRECTORIES
University School of Medicine Patient’s Guide
to Medical Tests,
Mosby’s Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference,
and Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures.
These books contain information about support
groups for medical diseases and conditions, mental
illness, and addictions. All branches have a directory
called The Self-Help Group Directory.
Published by New Jersey Self-Help Clearinghouse, this
directory covers medical diseases and conditions,
mental illness, and addictions. It lists state and
national associations with toll-free phone numbers
and support groups by county including meeting times
and contact people. The Ocean
County Resource Directory published
by the Ocean County Library lists services available,
addresses and phone numbers of county agencies such
as the Ocean County Health Department. It also lists
local chapters of medical foundations and organizations
such as the New Jersey Arthritis Foundation.
The Toms River branch subscribes
to professional medical journals including titles
(Journal of the American Medical Association),
The New England Journal of Medicine, New Jersey
Medicine, The American Journal of Nursing, RN,
library also has books on alternative medicine,
children’s health, women’s health, sports
injuries, and dentistry. Books on specific diseases
such as cancer, thyroid diseases, skin diseases,
eye diseases, kidney disease, and gastrointestinal
diseases are also available.
WITH YOUR LOCAL BRANCH TO SEE IF IT HAS ANY OF
THE BOOK TITLES LISTED ABOVE.
can I find information on the prescription drug
that I am taking?
can I find information about my doctor?
can I find information on the prescription drug
that I am taking?
a specific prescription drug including any side
effects can be found in several books. The most
widely used book, the PDR (Physcian’s
Desk Reference) is available at every branch
of the library. Other books that can be used to
find this information include: Mosby’s
GenRx, Drug Facts and Comparisons,
and the PDR Family Guide to Prescription Drugs.
Many Web sites also have information about prescription
drugs and side effects. Healthtouch
online provides information about prescription
drugs that is geared for the health profession.
is one of many Web sites that include information
about prescription drugs that is geared for the
can I find information about my doctor?
Several books can
be used to find out if the doctor is board certified,
what medical school he or she attended, and where
the doctor did his or her residency and internship.
These books include the multivolume Official
ABMS Directory of Board Certified Specialists
available at several branches. Also, the Medical
Society of New Jersey Physician Membership
Directory is available to use at every branch
of the library. You can also find information
on the Internet about a doctor’s background.
Doctor Finder, available from the American
Medical Association’s Web site, can be
used to find biographical information about your
doctor or to find a doctor by specialty.
questions? We have answers!
and Compiled by K. Galya/S. Lewis