Online Medical Encyclopedias
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database that provides online versions of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for research in many subject areas including physical and mental health. Encyclopedia topics include:
- Human Nutrition
- Alternative Medicine
- Children's Health
- Genetic Disorders
- Mental Health
- Senior Health
- Surgery and Medical Tests
- Human Diseases and Conditions
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a good place to begin research on a medical condition since it offers concise information about a disease, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments. It's a great place to get the basics before going on to more in depth sources.
These books are available at the library. Some are at the Puyallup Campus (PY) and can easily be brought to Ft. Steilacoom in the courier van. REF books are for use in the library.
Special Care for Dental Professionals
University of Washington School of Dentistry has EXCELLENT dental care tip sheets for professionals and medical information sheets about many special needs.
- start with these dental tips sheets
- build searches in databases and the web with the terms and practices found here.
- for example: cererbral palsy enamel hypoplasia
Mental Health Information for Professionals
The DSM, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is the preeminent reference book that classifies mental disorders. It is published by the American Psychological Association and is the definitive guide for organizing and understanding mental disorders.