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Database focusing on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness

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Health content oriented to the information needs of patients and designed to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics

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Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles


Alcohol, Tobacco & Illicit Drugs, 2017 ed. 2018

This volume focuses on the social and moral issues surrounding alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs.

Addictions & Substance Abuse, 2013

Salem Health: Addictions & Substance Abuse provides authoritative, essential information in easy-to-understand language.

The A—Z of Death and Dying: Social, Medical, and Cultural Aspects, 2014

This encyclopedia is as an essential resource for those engaged in independent research, and professionals whose work involves caring for the dead, dying, and bereaved. It will also be of great interest to general readers intrigued by the social, medical, and cultural dimensions to human mortality. It offers a highly relevant examination of the social and historical variation in the rituals, practices, and beliefs surrounding the end of life.

Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 2012

Salem Health: Complementary & Alternative Medicine provides authoritative, essential information on complementary and alternative medicine in easy-to-understand language.

Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior , 3rd ed., 4v, 2009

Provides more than 700 articles intended for the student and layperson covering the social, medical and political issues related to drugs and alcohol, as well as types of addiction.

Encyclopedia of Human Development, 2006

The first comprehensive, authoritative, and informative reference work that presents state-of-the-art research and ready-to-use facts from the fields of psychology, individual and family studies, and education in a way that is not too technical. With over 600 entries organized from A-Z, this three-volume Encyclopedia covers topics as diverse as adolescence, cognitive development, education, family, gender differences, identity, longitudinal research, and much more.

The Encyclopedia of Poisons and Antidotes, 2010

Details poisonous substances ranging from common household items to exotic plants and animals. Entries describe the nature of the toxin, the symptoms it causes, and available antidotes and treatments. Special topics covered include children and poisons, first aid for poisoning victims, food poisoning, and pets and poisons.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine , 4th ed., 2014

Covers all aspects of the subject including therapies, conditions/diseases, herbs/plants, and people. Identifies numerous types of alternative medicine being practiced today, including reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, chelation therapy, kinesiology, yoga, chiropractic, Feldenkrais, polarity therapy, detoxification, naturopathy, Chinese medicine, biofeedback, Ayurveda and osteopathy.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer , 4th ed., 3v, 2015

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

The Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health, Infancy through Adolescence , 3nd ed., 4v, 2016

Provides in-depth coverage of pediatric diseases and disorders, with issues related to physical and cognitive and behavioral development. Covers every major body system. There is a distinct emphasis on health issues affecting children under the age of four.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Dermatology , 2v, 2017

This collection provides a comprehensive guide and unique source of information on skin, hair, nails, and associated mucous membrane diseases and conditions. It provides in-depth coverage of various issues related to dermatological diagnoses and procedures, encompassing information on treatment options, including medications.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets , 2nd ed., 2013

Covers topics such as dieting and popular diets, dietary concerns, nutritional basics, and the effects of a person's dietary choices on one's health. Topics are organized around the development and history of a diet, its basic principles, any key figures that influence the trend, and any public or regulatory concerns associated with the practice. Provides information across all age groups from infants to the elderly.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Fitness , 2nd ed., 2v, 2017

Covers a variety of topics on physiology and fitness, including sports, body systems, the body's reaction to physical fitness, exercise activities, diseases and conditions, treatments, fitness tests, and other health-related issues.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders , 4th ed., 3v, 2016

Provides clear, complete information on genetic disorders, including conditions, tests, procedures, treatments and therapies, in articles that are both comprehensive and easy to understand in language accessible to laypersons.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine , 5th ed., 9v, 2015,

Includes information on almost 2,000 medical disorders and concepts. Each article includes in-depth discussion of causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, procedures, and other related topics. Written for a general audience with an authoritative tone.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health , 3rd ed., 2 v, 2012

Provides detailed information on mental disorders and conditions. Also features entries for prescription, alternative and over-the-counter drugs, as well as the various therapies used to treat mental disorders.

Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health , 3rd ed., 6 v, 2013

This set provides more than 1,000 entries covering topics in nursing and allied health written for students and professionals in the field. Alphabetically arranged entries cover topics in body systems and functions, conditions and common diseases, contemporary health care issues and theories, techniques and practices, and devices and equipment. Covers all major health professions, including nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and respiratory therapy.

Gale Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Food Labels , 2017

This guide provides a unique source of information on food, nutrition, food labels, and associated legislation, organizations, and diseases and conditions. Coverage includes various topics related to nutrition and food labels.

Gale Encyclopedia of Pregnancy and Childbirth , 2 v, 2017

This encyclopedia is a source for medical information that covers common and rare disease and medical conditions, immunizations and drugs, procedures, and developmental issues related to pregnancy and childbirth. It particularly addresses women's concerns about their health and their children's health from before birth through age 18.

Gale Encyclopedia of Prescription Drugs : a Comprehensive Guide to the Most Common Medications , 2 v, 2015

This encyclopedia features entries on the most commonly prescribed drugs. It describes potential side effects, drug and food interactions, recommended dosages, and warnings/precautions.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology, 3rd ed., 2v, 2016

This resource covers the entire spectrum of psychology, including: notable people, theories and terms; landmark case studies and experiments; applications of psychology in advertising, medicine and sports; and career information.

Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health : a Guide for Seniors and Their Caregivers , 2nd ed., 5 v, 2015

Covers various issues related to one's aging body, how diseases affect it, and treatment options, including medications, for said diseases for this population. Also includes topics specific to the aging population, but beyond descriptions of medical diagnoses.

Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests , 3rd ed., 4 v, 2014

Provides coverage of numerous surgical procedures, medical tests and related topics, such as anesthetics, common lab test and procedures, medications and postoperative care. Entries for medical test and surgical include definition; purpose; demographic information; diagnosis/preparation; aftercare; risks; morbidity and mortality rates; alternatives; and more.

Genetics & Inherited Conditions , 3v, 2010

Salem Health: Genetics and Inherited Conditions alphabetically arranges 459 essays on diseases, biology, techniques, methodologies, genetic engineering, biotechnology, ethics, and social issues.

Genetics and Genetic Engineering, 2017 ed. , 2018

Focuses on the social and moral issues surrounding genetics and genetic engineering.

Health and Wellness , 2015

This book guides readers in making healthy choices about hygiene, diet, exercise, and medical care. They present easy-to-understand information about health-care coverage options and offer overviews of the types of available medical care, from general practitioners to alternative medicine and mental health providers.

Health and Wellness, 2016 ed. , 2017

Examines health and wellness among Americans, including the ways in which illness is currently prevented, identified, and treated. Describes the most common types of chronic, degenerative, genetic, and infectious diseases, as well as the concepts of mental health and illness. Covers both traditional and alternative medicine.

The Health Care System , 2017

Examines the state of the nation's health care system, the education and training of health care providers, and the various types of health care institutions. The ever increasing cost of health care, prevalence of insurance, mental health care, and a comparison of health care throughout the world are also covered.

HIV/AIDS , 2016

Includes information on the nature of AIDS/HIV and the AIDS epidemic; symptoms and transmittal; patterns and trends in AIDS/HIV surveillance; populations at risk; children, adolescents, and AIDS/HIV; AIDS/HIV cost and treatment; people living with AIDS/HIV; testing, prevention, and education; HIV and AIDS worldwide; and knowledge, awareness, behavior, and opinion of those affected by AIDS/HIV.

Human Anatomy , 2014

This book is an up-to-the-minute study of the body. Digital images show the body in incredible, true-to-life detail. Exhaustive annotations provide the names of organs and structures throughout the skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, lymphatic, and reproductive systems, while describing their characteristics and functions. Content previously published as part of Complete Human Body.

Human Diseases and Conditions 3rd ed., 4v, 2017

Presents information on numerous diseases and conditions. Articles include a definition of the disease or condition, an explanation of how it works in the body, information on causes, symptoms and diagnosis, treatment or cure, and lifestyles.

Infectious Diseases & Conditions , 3v, 2012

An A-Z encyclopedia covering all aspects of infectious diseases and their prevention, offering historical and technical background with a balanced discussion of discoveries, developments, and prognoses.

Kill or Cure: An Illustrated History of Medicine , 2013

Accompanied by panels, timelines, and thematic spreads, this highly visual book traces the history of medicine. Diaries, notebooks, and other first-person accounts tell these stories from the perspective of people who witnessed medical history firsthand.

Magill's Medical Guide , 7th ed., 2013

Covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and issues in an A-Z format, with sidebars addressing recent developments in medicine and concise information boxes for all diseases and disorders.

Nutrition and Well-Being A to Z , 2v, 2004

This reference examines the relationship between food and health on a historical, national and personal level. It analyzes how nutrition has affected quality of life, health and fitness in various countries at different times in history.

Overcoming Type 2 Diabetes , 2015

This guide is written primarily for people with type 2 diabetes, but also includes coverage of type 1. Topics include: symptoms, monitoring, medications, treatment, support, and exercise. It emphasizes the importance of taking on a positive approach to a type 2 diabetes, and includes advice on meal planning, various diets, and goals for diabetes control and weight management.

Psychology and Mental Health , 2v, 2001

This comprehensive reference covers notable theories, people, social issues, life stages, the physiology and anatomy of the nervous system, and various mental illnesses or conditions, all in a simple, easy to use A-Z format.

The Science of Nutrition , 2013

This book examines what makes certain foods better nutritionally than others and how various foods affect the human body, including the role they can play in disease and illness.

Stretching , 2013

This guide helps people of all ages and ranges of health perform safe and healthy stretching exercises.

Weight in America, 2016 ed. , 2016

Provides information from academic and governmental sources on every aspect of overweight, obesity, and eating disorders, including their prevalence in the United States, their consequences, public opinion about them, and methods of combating them.

Women and Positive Aging: An International Perspective, , 2016

This book surveys the latest international research in the fields of psychology, gerontology, and gender studies related to the aging issues faced by women from different cohorts, backgrounds, and life situations, and contains an emphasis on the positive aging perspective in gerontology research, including theory, practical applications, case studies, and associated intervention strategies.

Yoga , 2013

Provides illustrated step-by-step lessons to help you achieve proper form; easy modifications for new yogis.

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Mayo Clinic

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National Women's Health Information Center

U.S. Department Of Health & Human Services

Affordable Health Care Act

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