The Medical Reference Desk  
    General Information      
  Achoo Human Life Directory   A virtual encyclopedia of medical topics, designed for laypersons. Allows you to browse by category or to search by key word. The best searchable database we’ve found for health information on the web.

    CNN Health In-Depth   Health news stories from past editions of CNN Interactive, sorted by specific illness. Provides current information in layperson’s language.

    Medical Research on PubMed   Designed for medical science researchers, PubMed is a search engine giving you free access to the National Library of Medicine, an online collection of abstracts for 8.8 million medical journal articles. Abstracts require medical training to be understood.

    Prescription Drug Sites  
    Drug Information Database   This online searchable database from gives you detailed information about thousands of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

    RxList   Another online comprehensive database about prescription and non-prescription drugs. Format is more technical, but information is excellent.

    Antipsychotics and Other Psychotropic Medications   HealthGuide provides general information about anti-depressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers and other medications, many of which are prescribed in nursing homes and hospitals to treat elderly patients suffering from agitation, depression or other secondary effects of dementia.


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