By Susan Murray, MLS
Consumer Health Information Service
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
Updated April 2008
This list provides a basic collection of medical books that are useful in consumer health collections at an estimated cost of $1900.00 (prices given in Canadian dollars with U.S. prices also included for non-Canadian titles). Individual prices do not include taxes, unless otherwise indicated. Taxes (5% GST, 8% PST) were applied to the total amount. The list consists of consumer or lay language material, as well as several basic professional texts.
This collection should address many of the health questions received by public and consumer health libraries. For more complex health questions requiring additional information resources, consumers are encouraged to phone the Consumer Health Information Service at 416-393-7056 (Toronto area) or 1-800-667-1999 (Ontario).
American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, 3rd ed. rev. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2006. $59.99 ($50.00 U.S.) 0470048425
Bowes & Church’s Food Values of Portions Commonly Used, 18th ed. Jean A.T. Pennington & Judith Spungen Douglass. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005. $92.06 ( $89.95 U.S.). 0781782899
Canadian Medical Association Complete Home Medical Guide, 2nd ed. Catherine Younger-Lewis, Editor-in-Chief. Toronto: Dorling Kindersley, 2005. $65.00 1553630548
Canadian Medical Directory. Published annually in July. Toronto, ON: Business Information Group in association with Canadian Medical Association. $323.75. (2007, 53rd edition). Also available on CD-ROM and online as MDSelect. Customer Service: 416 442-2122 (Toronto) or 1-800-668-2374.
E-mail for product information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Pharmacists Association Guide to Drugs in Canada: The Essential Home Reference to Over 2000 Medications. 2d ed. Toronto: Dorling Kindersley, 2006. $30.00. 1553630769
Caring for Kids: The Complete Canadian Health Guide for Children. Norman Saunders and Jeremy Friedman. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2006. $29.95 1552637328
Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties. Published annually in March. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Pharmacists Association. $219.00 (2007 Edition). French edition available. Order online or contact Customer Service: 613-523-7877, 1-800-917-9489. CPS online: e-CPS is available by subscription. Details available here.
The Complete Canadian Health Guide, Revised Edition. June Engel. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2005. $39.95 1552636666
The Directory of Self-Help/Mutual Aid Groups 2006 Edition. Toronto: The Self-Help Resource Centre, 2006. $25.00 members, $30.00 self-help groups & non-profits, $35.00 professionals. Self-Help Resource Centre, 40 Orchard View Blvd., Suite 219, Toronto, M4R 1B9 e-mail: email@example.com. Phone: 416-487-4355 (in Toronto), 1-888-283-8806 (in Ontario, Fax: 416-487-0344. Website: www.selfhelp.on.ca
Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 31st ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co., 2007. $57.95 ($49.95 U.S.) 141602364X (cloth)
Guide to Canadian Healthcare Facilities. Published annually in September. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Healthcare Association Press. $159.95 (2007-2008 Edition). ISSN 1195-0110 Phone: 613-241-8005, Fax: 613-241-5055, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine 17th ed. Anthony S. Fauci et al., Editors. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008. 2 vols. $199.00 (same for U.S.) 0071466339
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. Mark Beers, Editor-in-Chief. Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck Research Laboratories, 2005. $15.16 ($18.95 U.S.) 0345482743 (trade paper)
Merck Manual of Medical Information: Second Home Edition rev.. Mark Beers, Editor-in-Chief. Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck Research Laboratories, 2004. $21.99 ($19.95 U.S.) 0743477332 (paperback)
Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions, 7th ed. rev. St. Louis, Missouri: Mosby, Inc., 2006. $45.95 ($39.95 U.S.). 0323035620
NORD Guide to Rare Disorders Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2003. $76.66 (99.95 U.S.) 0781730635
PDR for Herbal Medicines, 4th ed. Montvale, NJ: Thomson Healthcare, 2007. $61.95 ($59.95 U.S.)
Professional Guide to Diagnostic Tests. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004. $51.50 ($49.95 U.S.) 1582553041
Professional Guide to Diseases, 9th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008. $51.50 ($49.95 U.S.) 0781778999