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Suggested Books

General Topics
Call Number Author Title
616 Groopman Groopman, Jerome E. The anatomy of hope: How people prevail in the face of illness.*
616.8498 Epstein Epstein, Lawrence J. The Harvard Medical School guide to to a good night's sleep.
616.047 Berger Berger, Ann Healing pain: The innovative, breakthrough plan to overcome your physical pain & emotional suffering.
610 Buck Buck, Jari Holland. Hospital stay handbook: A guide to becoming a patient advocate for your loved ones.
610 Snyderman Snyderman, Nancy L. Medical myths that can kill you: And the 101 truths that will save, extend, and improve your life.
613.0438 Merck The Merck manual of health & aging.
610.3 Merck The Merck manual of medical information.
610.696 Zelicoff Zelicoff, Alan P. More harm than good: What your doctor may not tell you about common treatments and procedures.
615.5 New New medicine: Complete family health guide: Integrating complementary, alternative, and conventional medicine for the safest and most effective treatment.
613.0424 Our Our bodies, ourselves
613.0423 Legato Legato, Marianne J. Why men die first: How to lengthen your lifespan.
649.1 Hill   Hill, David L.  Dad to dad : parenting like a pro : expert advice, guidance, and insight from a pediatrician-dad 
649.1 Swanson   Swanson, Wendy Sue   Mama doc medicine : finding calm and confidence in parenting, child health, and work-life balance 
618.92 Schmitt   Schmitt, Barton D. My child is sick! : expert advice for managing common illnesses and injuries 

*eBook / audiobook available.

For e-Books, Audiobooks, and Streaming Videos on Health, browse Overdrive and Hoopla.

Diseases and Conditions
Call Number Author Title
616.994 Silver Silver, Julie K. After cancer treatment: Heal faster, better, stronger.
617.7 All Fekrat, Sharon. All about your eyes.
616.994 Servan-Schreiber Servan-Schreiber, David. Anticancer: A new way of life.
616.7 2006 Lorig Lorig, Kate. The arthritis helpbook: A tested self-management program for coping with arthritis and fibromyalgia.
616.978 Nakazawa Nakazawa, Donna. The autoimmune epidemic: Bodies gone haywire in a world out of balance and the cutting edge science that promises hope.
616.399 Wangen   Wangen, Stephen.  Healthier without wheat : a new understanding of wheat allergies, celiac disease, and non-celiac gluten intolerance 
616.1 Levy Levy, Daniel. A change of heart: How the Framingham heart study helped unravel the mysteries of cardiovascular disease.
616.12 Cannon 2009  Cannon, Christopher P.  The new heart disease handbook : everything you need to know to effectively reverse and manage heart disease 
616.12 Kastan Kastan, Kathy. From the heart: A woman's guide to living well with heart disease.
616.4849 Kandel Kandel, Joseph. The headache cure: How to uncover what's really causing your pain and find lasting relief,
616.81 Spence Spence, J. David. How to prevent your stroke,
618.175 Wingert Wingert, Pat. Is it hot in here? Or is it me? The complete guide to menopause.
616.462 2005 Beaser Beaser, Richard S. The Joslin guide to diabetes: A program for managing your treatment.
616.3 Mayo Mayo clinic on digestive health.
616.12 Stein Stein, Richard A.  Outliving heart disease: The 10 new rules for prevention and treatment.
616.8498 Yoakum Yoakum, Robert. Restless legs syndrome: Relief and hope for sleepless victims of a hidden epidemic.
617.482 Alpert Alpert, Michelle J. Spinal cord injury and the family: A new guide.
616.994 2006 Coleman Coleman, C. Norman Understanding cancer: A patient's guide to diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.
618.24 Murkoff Murkoff, Heidi. What to expect when you're expecting.
618.175 Minkin Minkin, Mary Jane. Woman's guide to menopause and perimenopause.
616.047 Natelson Natelson, Benjamin H. Your symptoms are real: What to do when your doctor says nothing is wrong: Overcoming pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, IBS, and more.



Health Magazine covers a wide range of popular health related topics for consumers.

Menís Health publishes entertaining articles of particular interest to men.

Womenís Health publishes entertaining articles of particular interest to women.

Natural Health is a guide to natural health care of mind body and spirit.

Parents covers topics related to family relationships and health, making extensive use of the question-and-answer format.

Prevention concentrates on preventing health problems and promoting health lifestyles.

Read Library Magazines Online
Did you know Ė you can access current and back issues of popular magazines with your library card and Zinio? Download the Zinio app on your mobile device or read in your computerís browser. No holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.
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Minuteman Library Network databases can be used from the library computers, or from home with your library card if you live in Framingham. 

Database Suggestions:

Health and Wellness Resource Center. Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, numerous reference volumes, over 700 health videos from partner Healthology, Inc., hundreds of pamphlets and health-related articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.


Health Reference Center Academic. Use this database to find articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health & Safety, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.  


Credo Reference. CREDO is a user-friendly search engine designed to help with research on thousands of topics. Just enter your search query (as you would in Google), and CREDO instantly scans millions of entries from over 70 publishers. Consider it your own private online reference library. Search results are drawn from the entire research collection, including images and sound files, enabling you to get relevant answers from a number of sources at once. Each reference title can also be accessed individually. New editions and new book titles are added regularly.
Titles of interest in Credo:
The American Heritage Medical Dictionary, 2007
Animated Dictionary of Health and Medicine
Black's Medical Dictionary, 42nd Edition
Routledge Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
, 2015
The Encyclopedia of Elder Care
, 2014
Conception, Pregnancy & Birth: The Childbirth Bible for Today's Parents
Encyclopedia of Women's Health, 2004
Teen Health Series: Mental Health Information for Teens, 2012
and more!

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Gale Virtual Reference Library. The Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Sources may be searched individually or together.
Titles of interest in GVRL:
The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 2011
The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders, 2010
Human Diseases and Conditions, 2010
Men's Health Concerns Sourcebook, 2009
Women's Health Concerns Sourcebook, 2013
The Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer, 2010
The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets, 2013


The Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer. Comprehensive survey of 120 cancers, cancer drugs, traditional and alternative treatments, side effects and diagnostic procedures.

Nursing Resource Center. Gale's Nursing Resource Center supports nursing programs at two-year community colleges, four-year colleges and vocational education high schools, as well as public libraries nationwide. Nursing Resource Center is a comprehensive resource that nurses, students, and instructors trust to deliver quality results because it was designed to match the "Nursing Process". Whether preparing students for clinical exams, providing homework help, or NCLEX-RN test prep Nursing Resource Center is a care provider's must have.


Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection. This collection includes over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine, providing researchers with access to topics discussed in the field, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more.


More databases (arranged by subject)

The National Library of Medicine's database of references to more than 16 million articles published in 5000 biomedical journals.



Flu Clinics

Framingham Board of Health Flu Clinics
2014-2015 Flu Clinic Information

HealthMap Vaccine Finder
Where you can find a flu clinic in Massachusetts. Protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot, especially if you are at increased risk for complications from the flu, or live with or care for high-risk individuals.

Massachusetts Health Connector

Health Connector
The Health Connector is a state-based health insurance Marketplace that makes shopping for affordable health and dental coverage easier for Massachusetts individuals, families, and small businesses.

Look Here First

Medical Library Association User's Guide to Finding and Using Health Information on the Web 
Expert guidance on how to seek and evaluate medical and health information on the Internet.

Doctors and Hospitals

American Board of Medical Specialties 
The board  maintains a searchable list of all board-certified physicians.

American Medical Association Doctor Finder. 
The AMA has a national database of demographic and professional information on physicians, searchable by name, specialty, location.

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine.
Physician profiles, consumer and licensing information.

National site for researching doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes.

Medical Information Super Sites

The Centers for Disease Control 
The website for the nationís leading agency for protecting health and safety is especially good for diseases in the news, destination-specific advice for travelers.  

Family Doctor
Information on common medical concerns and conditions from the American Academy of Family Physicians. 

From the Department of Health and Human Services, a guide to information on diseases as well as consumer issues like health insurance, Medicare, nursing homes. Features include daily health news, online checkups.

Harvard Health Publications  
From Harvard Medical School, this content-rich site provides excellent overviews of diseases and conditions, as well as wellness information and tips. 

Doctor-approved health information about children from birth through adolescence.
Wellness information and excellent overviews of diseases and conditions. Sponsored by the nonprofit Mayo Foundation.

Medical Library Association Consumer and Patient Health Information
The top 100 health Internet sites, as selected by the Medical Library Association.

Medical Library Association Top Ten Most Useful Consumer Health Websites

Merck Manual of Medical Information
You can search the Merck Manual Home Edition or browse sections like Blood Disorders or Digestive Disorders. Information is detailed and clearly presented. For further detail, you can also search its professional cousin, The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.

Medline Plus
The National Library of Medicine provides a wealth of authoritative health information and resources-thorough encyclopedia articles about diseases, symptoms, and tests; drug information; well-organized and described links to sites.

New York Online Access to Health
An award-winning consumer health database in English and Spanish.


Drug Digest 
A noncommercial, evidence-based, consumer health and drug information site dedicated to empowering consumers to make informed choices. 

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine
NCCAM, a division of the National Institute of Health, provides information about complementary and alternative medicine not commonly used in mainstream conventional medicine. 

Sloan Kettering About Herb, Botanicals, and Other Products
For over 300 substances, the site discusses purported uses, mechanism, adverse reactions, more. Includes literature summaries and critiques.

University of Maryland Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide
Discusses conditions and outlines treatment options from traditional and complementary and alternative therapies. 

Specific Diseases

Cancer Medical Library Association Recommended Cancer Websites 

Diabetes Medical Library Association Recommended Diabetes Websites 


Heart Disease Medical Library Association Recommended Heart Disease Websites 

Designed as a gateway to in-depth information about particular aspects of HIV/AIDS, this site provides links to many authoritative sources.

Additional Health Resources

This service of the National Institutes of Health provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. Searchable by location and topic or condition.

Lab Tests Online 
You can search for information about lab tests by the name of the test, the condition or disease, or the age group.

Websites change! Please email us if you have difficulty with a site on this list. We'll try to identify and correct the problem.


We Can Help!

For professional assistance locating the information you need:

  • Telephone the Main Library Reference Department at 508-532-5570, extension 4361. 

  • Email your questions through our "Ask A Librarian" page.

  • Visit the Main Library or the McAuliffe Branch for free access to the Internet and databases, and for assistance with research. 

To arrange a speaker or a group tour highlighting the libraryís practical information resources, call 508-532-5570, ext 4347, or email Michelle LeMonde-McIntyre at


October 2008
Updated August 2015

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