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The 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.

  Health 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.

General Medical Resources

  CDC 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 medicine. 

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.

  Mayo 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 living."

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.

  New 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 to "Find-a-Physician" 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."

Prescription Drugs

See 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.

  Prescription 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.


  AMA Physician Select 
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).

  New 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.

  Physician Licensee Directory
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.

  America’s Best Hospitals
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.

Alternative Medicine/Nutrition

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.


  State Board of Chiropractors

This 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 the form.

National Library of Medicine

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.

  MEDLINE/PubMed, 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.

  MEDLINEplus 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."

  ClinicalTrials.gov provides easy access to information on over 9,000 clinical studies sponsored by the National Institute of Health, other federal agencies and private industry.

  NIH 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.

  AIDSinfo is a central resource for current information on clinical trials for AIDS patients, federally approved HIV treatment and prevention guidelines.

  Tox Town is a consumer-friendly, interactive guide to toxic substances commonly encountered at everyday locations like schools and office buildings.

  Household 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.

  TOXNET is an extensive collection of bibliographic and full-text information covering the effects of drugs and other chemicals on humans.

  Haz-Map is an occupational toxicology database designed to inform the public about the health effects of exposure to chemicals at work.

  Genetics 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.

  LOCATORplus is NLM's online catalog, providing information on the Library's collection of more than 7 million books, journals, audiovisuals and other holdings.

Medical Books

Looking 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 information including:

Usually a one-volume book that has a lot of general medical information published by a medical school. Some titles include:

Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, Columbia University Complete Home Medical Guide, Harvard Medical School Family Medical Guide, and Johns Hopkins Family Health Book.

Medical textbooks written for physicians and medical students. These books contain comprehensive diagnosis and treatment information of diseases and medical conditions. Some titles include:

Cecil Textbook of Medicine, Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, and Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment.

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:

PDR 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 titles include:

The 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: 

Yale 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 such as:

JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), The New England Journal of Medicine, New Jersey Medicine, The American Journal of Nursing, RN, and Nursing.

The 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. 


Frequently Asked Medical Questions

1. Where can I find information on the prescription drug that I am taking?

2. Where can I find information about my doctor?

1. Where can I find information on the prescription drug that I am taking?

Information about 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. MedicineNet is one of many Web sites that include information about prescription drugs that is geared for the medical layperson.


2. Where 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. 



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