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General Topics
Call Number Author Title
610.69 Pikula Pikula, Donna L. After the diagnosis: How to look out for yourself or a loved one
616.044 Gruman 2007 Gruman, Jessie. AfterShock: What to do when the doctor gives you, or someone you love, a devastating diagnosis.
616 Groopman Groopman, Jerome E. The anatomy of hope: How people prevail in the face of illness.*
615.5 Spero Spero, David. The art of getting well: A five-step plan for maximizing health when you have a chronic illness.
615.5 Altshuler Altshuler, Larry. Balanced healing: Combining modern medicine with safe & effective alternative therapies.
613.2 Willett Willett, Walter. Eat, drink, and be healthy: The Harvard Medical School guide to healthy eating.
610.696 Ettinger Ettinger, Alan B. The essential patient handbook: Getting the health care you need--from doctors who know.
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.
613 Flanigan Flanigan, Richard J. Longevity made simple: How to add 20 good years to your life: Lessons from decades of research.
613 2006 Mayo  The Mayo Clinic plan: 10 essential steps to a better body & healthier life.
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.
613.042 2005 Our Our bodies, ourselves: A new edition for a new era.
615.5 Schneider Schneider, Edward  What your doctor hasn't told you and the health-store clerk doesn't know: The truth about alternative treatments and what works.
613.0423 Legato Legato, Marianne J. Why men die first: How to lengthen your lifespan.
618.92 2005 Schmitt Schmitt, Barton D. Your child's health: The parents' one-stop reference guide to symptoms, emergencies, common illnesses, behavior problems, healthy development.

*audiobook available.

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 Green Green, Peter H. R. Celiac disease: A hidden epidemic.
616.1 Levy Levy, Daniel. A change of heart: How the Framingham heart study helped unravel the mysteries of cardiovascular disease.
641.5631 Polin Polin, Bonnie Sanders. Cleveland Clinic healthy heart lifestyle guide and cookbook.
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.
616.12 Arnot Arnot, Bob. Seven steps to stop a heart attack.
616.98 Clarke Clarke, David D. They can't find anything wrong!: 7 keys to understanding, treating & healing stress illness.
617.482 Alpert Alpert, Michelle J. Spinal cord injury and the family: A new guide.
616.72 Blau Blau, Richard H. Too young to feel old: The arthritis doctor's 28 day formula for pain-free living.
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.
618.24 Riley Riley, Laura. You & your baby: Pregnancy, the ultimate week-by-week pregnancy guide.
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.



Body & Soul emphasizes a holistic point of view and balanced living; includes articles combining the best of Western medicine and natural healing in order to stay well.

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

Men’s Health publishes entertaining articles of particular interest to men.

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

Parenting Early Years features well-written articles on parenting, nutrition, child development, children's health problems.

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.



Minuteman Library Network databases can be used from the library computers or from home with your library card. 

Health Reference Center Academic. Articles, many full text, from 180 periodicals on fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, medications, and other health topics.

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



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention H1N1 Flu

H1N1 Flu
Credible information on the H1N1 flu including prevention techniques and what to do if you get flu-like symptoms.

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Department of Public Health H1N1 (Swine) Flu Website

Flu Facts : What you Need to Know
Resources from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to help you better understand the disease. For up-to-date flu information and where to find a flu shot, please call the MDPH Information Line toll free at (866) 627-7968.

Flu Clinics

Framingham Board of Health Flu Clinics
2009-2010 Flu Clinic Information

Massachusetts Public Flu Clinic 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.

Commonwealth Care: Health Insurance Connector

Health Connector
The website for Massachusetts's Commonwealth Care Health Insurance Program, the program that connects eligible Massachusetts residents with approved health insurance plans and helps them pay for the plans, provides eligibility and application information, as well as details about the program.

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 nation’s 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.

From Aetna Insurance Company and Harvard Medical School, this content-rich site provides excellent overviews of diseases and conditions, as well as wellness information and tips and a digest of health stories in the news. 

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.

Well Connected: Treadwell Library
From Massachusetts General Hospital's Treadwell Library, comprehensive reports on diseases and disorders from Hammertoe to Heart Failure.


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 Medicine Program
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 library’s practical information resources, call 508-532-5570, ext 4347, or email Michelle LeMonde-McIntyre at


October 2008

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