Created May 2005 by Lily Liu, MLS, AHIP, Arkansas Consumer Health Information Network Resource Task Force, Arkansas Children's Hospital Library, 800 Marshall Street, Little Rock, AR 72202
Updated May 2010 by Ellen Fusfeld and Cara Helfner, Faulkner Hospital Patient/Family Resource Center, Boston, MA
Updated October 2013 by Nora St. Peter, Alberto Culver Health Learning Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
|Core Reference||Diabetes||Mental Health|
|Aging and Caregiving||Eating Disorders||Smoking Cessation|
|Alternative Therapy||Gastrointestinal Disorders||Thyroid Disorders|
|Arthritis||Genetic Disorders||Weight Loss|
|Children's Health||Learning Disability||Women's Health|
Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic Family Health Book. 4th ed. New York: Time; 2009. 1448p. $49.95. (ISBN: 9781603200776). This book offers broad range of medical information from prevention to treatment, from infancy to old age. It is a good home guide to quick medical reference.
Porter R. Merck Manual of Medical Information-3rd Home Edition. 3rd ed. Whitehouse Station, New Jersey: Merck & Co., Inc; 2009. 2500p. $39.95 (ISBN 9780911910308). This edition contains nearly all the information covered in the physicians' version of the Merck Manual, with the addition of a chapter on over-the-counter drugs, anatomy and physiology, and in-depth information about diseases, causes, and treatment.
National Organization for Rare Disorders. NORD Compendium of Rare Diseases and Disorders. New Rochelle, New York: Mary Ann Leibert; 2007. 800p. $89.95. (ISBN 9780913113417). This guide describes signs and symptoms of a disease, its causes, related disorders, and standard and investigational treatments, plus organization information and web site links.
Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions. 9th ed. Philadelphia: Mosby; 2012. 2048p. $27.76. (ISBN: 9780323074032). This dictionary explains medical terms in fairly easy-to-understand language, with color illustration.
Beers MH. The Merck Manual of Health and Aging: The Comprehensive Guide to the Changes and Challenges of Aging - for Older Adults and Those Who Care for and about Them . Whitehouse Station, New Jersey: Merck & Co., Inc; 2005. 961p. $29.95 (ISBN: 9780911910360). This book covers virtual everything about aging: nutritional needs, finding a doctor, surgery, understanding tests, rehabilitation, and long term care.
Kind, V. The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making: Making Choices for Those Who Can’t. Greenleaf Book Group. 2010. 216p. $13.46 (ISBN: 9781608320417). Written by a clinical bioethicist, this book provides tools and strategies for caregivers faced with making difficult health care decisions.
Walker, V. The Art of Comforting: What to Say and Do for People in Distress. Tarcher. 2010. 320p. $15.95 (ISBN: 9781585428281) This guide provides communication skills to use when comforting and caring for people experiencing physical and mental distress.
Gruenwald J. PDR for Herbal Medicines. 4th ed. Montvale, New Jersey: Thomson PDR; 2007. 1100p. $59.95. (ISBN: 9781563635120). This book is based on the findings of the German Regulatory Authority "Commission E" and it offers information on over 600 common botanicals. Each entry describes the action and pharmacology, usage and precaution, dosage and consequences of overdoses.
Foltz-Gray D. The Arthritis Foundation's Guide to Good Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. 3rd ed. Atlanta: Arthritis Foundation; 2006. 320p. $16.95. (ISBN: 9780912423500). Edited by leading physicians and experts in the fields of rheumatology and rheumatoid arthritis, this book provides information on how to understand and live well with arthritis.
Ko A. Everyone’s Guide to Cancer Therapy: How Cancer is Diagnosed, Treated, and Managed Day to Day. Revised 5th edition. Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel. 2008. 1024p. $29.99. (ISBN: 9780740768576). This accessible guide to cancer therapy provides an overview of cancer types and general treatment options, as well as information on supportive care and complementary therapies.
Bloch AS. American Cancer Society Complete Guide to Nutrition for Cancer Survivor. 2nd edition. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society. 2010. 352p. $24.95. (ISBN: 9780944235782). This guide provides information for patients and families about nutritional needs before, during and after cancer treatment.
Shelov SP. ed. Caring for your Baby and Young Child, 5th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics. 2009. 928p. $22.00 (ISBN: 9780553386301). This book provides a health encyclopedia of injuries and illness, information on developmental milestones, newborn care and child safety.
Barrett D. Pain Tracking: Your Personal Guide to Living Well with Chronic Pain. New York: Prometheus Books. 2012. 400p. $13.99 (ISBN: 9781616145132). This book presents a systematic approach to addressing and coping with the challenges of living with chronic pain.
Murphree RH. Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Definitive Guide for Patients and Physicians. 4th ed. Homewood, Alabama: Harrison & Hampton Publishing; 2009. 464p. $19.95. (ISBN: 9780972893848). In this book, Dr. Murphree explains how FMS and CFS are diagnosed and the underlying conditions that contribute to them. He also discusses traditional medicine, how to reduce or eliminate chronic muscle aches.
American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes. 5th edition. Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association. 2011. 499p. $22.95. (ISBN: 9781580403306). This is a comprehensive home reference containing information and self-care tips for individuals with all types of diabetes.
Hanas R. Type 1 Diabetes in Children, Adolescents & Young Adults. 4th edition. Class Publishing; 2011. 432p. $39.99. (ISBN: 9781859592304). This book offers comprehensive information on how your body works to sweets, treats, and ice cream; from insulin injection technique to long-term complications.
Physician's Desk Reference. 68th ed. Montvale, New Jersey: Medical Economics Co.; 2014. 3250p. $80.82. (ISBN: 9781563638251). PDR contains information on over 2,500 pharmaceutical products. An illustrated product identification guide is provided as well as a section on diagnostic information.
Lock J. Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder. New York: Guilford Press; 2005. 296p. $17.95. (ISBN: 9781572309081). This book explains what eating disorders are about and which treatments work best. It gives practical suggestions and encouragement.
Kane S. IBD Self-Management: the AGA Guide to Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Bethesda, MD: AGA Press. 2010. 262p. $18.95 (ISBN: 9781603560054). This book offers general information about inflammatory bowel disease, including treatment options and dietary self-management guidelines.
Sorokie AM. Gut Wisdom: Understanding and Improving Your Digestive Health. Pompton Plain, New Jersey: New Page Books; 2008. 256p. $16.99. (ISBN: 9781564147530). This easy-to-understand guide offers specific procedures one can use to alleviate indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, and many other common ailments.
Fundukian L. The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders. 3rd ed. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale; 2010. 1869p. $309.69. (ISBN: 9781414476025). An A-Z guide to genetic disorders, each entry includes a definition and a description of the disorder, genetic profile, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.
Milunsky A. Your Genes, Your Health. Oxford University Press. 2011. 424p. $29.86 (ISBN: 9780199792078). This book describes how genetics and family history can impact health and provides information on genetic disorders and testing options.
Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life. New York: Time Home Entertainment. 2012. 286p. $25.95. (ISBN: 9781603202046). Contains current information in an easy to read format about the causes and treatments of heart disease, as well as steps people can take to improve their cardiac health.
Freeman MW and Junge C. Harvard Medical School Guide to Lowering Your Cholesterol. New York: McGraw-Hill. 2005. 272p. $16.95. (ISBN: 9780071444811). This book provides the latest information on diagnosis, traditional and alternative treatments, home remedies, and lifestyle changes that can make a difference in people's health.
Biel L and Peske NK. Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Integration Issues. Updated ed. New York: Penguin; 2009. 464p. $16.00. (ISBN: 9780143115342). This book is about children with sensory integration problems, people who have difficulty processing everyday sensations and exhibit unusual behaviors.
Reiff MI. ADHD: A Complete and Authoritative Guide. 2nd ed. Elk Grove Village, Illinois: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2011. 350p. $15.95. (ISBN: 9781581104516) This book discusses the diagnosis of ADHD, commonly coexisting conditions, treatment options, the role of medications, and behavior therapy.
Sederer LI. The Family Guide to Mental Health Care. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. 2013. 328p. $18.47. (ISBN: 9780393707946). This comprehensive book contains information about all types of mental illness, medications, sample checklists to bring to a doctor’s appointment, and general support for coping with a mentally ill family member.
Kantor M. Understanding Paranoia: A Guide for Professionals, Families, and Sufferers. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers; 2008. 272p. $39.95 (ISBN: 0313363196). This book helps readers understand the causes and treatment of this disease and gives examples how to effectively treat and help people with paranoia.
Kendall-Tackett KA. Depression In New Mothers: Causes, Consequences, And Treatment Alternatives. London, England: Routledge; 2009. 224p. $41.95. (ISBN: 9780415778398). This book addresses fatigue, pain, negative birth experiences, infant characteristics, and psychosocial factors that can cause postpartum depression, including treatment options that are safe for use with breastfeeding mothers.
Mindell JA. Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night's Sleep. New York: HarperResource. 2005.
368p. $14.95. (ISBN: 9780060742560). Dr. Mindell uses short case studies to illustrate four sources of sleep problems and encourages the reader to keep a sleep log to see what is keeping him/her up at night. Tips are also given to new parents on how to make from bassinet to crib and from crib to bed, deal with night terrors and nighttime fears and other issues.
Carr A. The Easy Way to Stop Smoking: Join the Millions Who Have Become Non -Smokers Using the Easyway Method. New York: Sterling; 2010. 224p. $12.95. (ISBN: 9781402771637). This revolutionary bestseller helps smokers discover the psychological reasons behind their dependency, explains in detail how to handle the withdrawal symptoms, shows them how to avoid tempting situations, and enables them to stay smoke free.
Rosenthal MS. The Thyroid Sourcebook for Women. 5th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2008. 272p. $17.95. (ISBN:9780071597258). This new edition features the latest research on thyroid disorders, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and thyroid cancer, and their effect on women's health and lives.
Hensrud D. Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight for Everybody. Rochester, Minnesota: Mayo Clinic; 2005. 319p. $22.95. (ISBN: 9781893005341). This book gives step by step guidance that teaches people how to reach and maintain their ideal weight by healthy eating and physical activities.
Hochstrasser A. The Patient's Guide to Weight Loss Surgery: Everything You Need to Know about Gastric Bypass and Bariatric Surgery. Revised ed. Long Island City, New York: Hatherleigh Press; 2009. 256p. $15.00. (ISBN: 9781578263158). This book gives detailed information on the four different types of weight loss surgery, the risks and negative aspects of the procedures and how to cope with emotional ups and downs.
ACSM’s Complete Guide to Fitness and Health. Leeds: Human Kinetics. 2011. 408p. $21.95. (ISBN: 9780736093378). In this book, the American College of Sports Medicine provides guidelines for physical nutrition and activity for people of all ages.
American Institute for Cancer Research.The New American Plate Cookbook: Recipes for a Healthy Weight and a Healthy Life. Berkeley, California: University of California Press; 2005. 312p. $25.95. (ISBN: 9780520242340). This book is written by a team of cooks, nutritionists, food writers, and scientists. It includes 200 recipes that combine sound nutrition with culinary ingenuity that will help reduce risk of serious health problems like cancer and heart disease.
Dahm D. Mayo Clinic Fitness for Everybody. Rochester, Minnesota: Mayo Clinic; 2005. 320p. $22.95. (ISBN: 9781893005372). This book gives general information on physical fitness and tips on how to create a personal wellness program to maintain health.
Peeke P. Body for Life for Women: A Woman's Plan for Physical and Mental Transformation. Emmaus, Pennsylvania: Rodale Publishing; 2009. 272p. $18.95. (ISBN: 9781605298283). This book incorporates nutrition, exercise and a sound mind to create a blueprint for staying healthy at every stage of life. Dr. Peeke explains why a woman’s attitude about managing the stresses of life while honoring her mind and body is so important.
Boston Women's Health Book Collective. Our Bodies, Ourselves. New York: Touchstone; 2011. 944p. $17.59. (ISBN: 9781439190661). This updated edition includes the latest on nutrition and exercise, relationships, sexuality, and sexual health, complementary health practices, reproductive choices, pregnancy, childbearing, aging, medical testing and procedures.