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Last Updated: Sep 27, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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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
  • Cancer
  • 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.


Paper Books

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.

Merk Manual
Call Number: REF RC55.M4 2011
Professional level resource that describes symptoms, prognosis, and treatment of most diseases and medical conditions.

Diet and Nutrition in Oral Health
Call Number: REF RK281.p35 2007
Good for conditions like diabetes that are closely connected to diet.

Lange - Medical Microbiology
Call Number: REF QR46.R47 2010
Professional level, extremely details information about infectious diseases, bacteria, microbes, virus, and parasites.

Public Health in the 21st Century - Vol 2 Disease Management
Call Number: REF (PY) RA 424.8 P83 2011 v.2

Current medical diagnosis & treatment 2009
Call Number: REF (PY) RC71 .C87 2009
Professional level resource that describes diseases, treatment, symptoms, etc.

Primary Care of the Child with a Chronic Condition
Call Number: RJ 380 p75 2004 (PY)
Detailed information on conditions such as autism, cancer, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, asthma, cleft palate, and HIV/AIDS.

Care of the Adult with a Chronis Illness or Disability: ATeam Approach
Call Number: RA 644.5 C370 2004 (PY)


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.

Research Tip:

- 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


Suggested Medical Website

Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

- use the search box in the top right corner.

- a "home page" is available for many diseases.  It will provide links to details about quick facts, causes, screening & diagnosis, etc.


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.

Click here to use the DSM online though Pierce College Library.


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