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Health Information

All of us are concerned about our health. How to stay healthy? What treatments are available if we’re sick? What sort of food should we eat? And how much?  At Cork City Libraries we find that we are often asked for information about health, diet, and exercise. We have access to a wide range of material on all these topics, whether in print or on the Internet. So, if you have a question about any of these topics, do visit. (You should note that we are not qualified nurses or doctors. We can direct you to some good sources on health but we can’t give you any advice about medical conditions or diets.)

A selection of printed resources



The Gale Encyclopaedia of Medicine  


Ed. Jacqueline L. Longe.   5 volumes.  Published:  2006

This covers a lifetime of issues in language that is easily understood by the lay user.  Arranged in disease/disorder and test/treatment articles, the Encyclopaedia lets users comfortably access the information that is most relevant to their particular stage of research.

 The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine

The Germ Survival Guide  

Bock, Bock & Faass.  Published: 2003.

From public toilets to pay phones, handshakes to hugs, burger joints to five-star restaurants, the possibility of germ-borne sickness lurks in every part of our world. Learn how to minimize your exposure to debilitating and often life-threatening microbes by taking practical, preventive measures. Identifies common locales in which germ-borne diseases pose a threat. Offers simple measures to avoid contamination, including removing hotel bedspreads and draining backyard birdbaths. Explains when you can treat yourself and when you need to call a doctor.

 The Germ Survival Guide

The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. 

Michael Murray.  Published:  2006      

The most comprehensive and practical guide available to the nutritional benefits and medicinal properties of virtually everything edible.

It will help you understand which food prescriptions will help you safely treat more than 70 specific ailments, including acne, Alzheimer’s disease, immune system depression, insomnia, migraine headaches, PMS, and rheumatoid arthritis

 Encyclopaedia of Healing Foods
Irish Medical Directory 2011-2012


Dr. Maurice Guéret. 

Up-to date profiles of almost 3,000 consultant specialists, over 2,400 general practitioners with surgery and special interests, more than 1,000 retail pharmacies.

Hospital and Clinic directories ,public / private facilities, staff contacts - includes new Hospitals and Clinics, Primary Care Centres, Occupational Health, Physiotherapy, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Audiology Clinics and many more.

 Irish Medical Directory 2012
The British Medical Association New guides to Medicines and Drugs.  6th. Ed.

This guide contains essential information to help the layman identify and understand the uses of every major drug, medicine, vitamin and mineral prescribed in modern medical practice. This book is organized in four major parts with the latest drugs, with photographs of those that have changed in appearance, and details of the most up-to-date applications. Also included is the Drug Finder, an alphabetical listing of over 3000 drug products. Major drug groups are identified and their prescribed medical conditions listed. The main part of the book - an A-Z of drugs, vitamins and minerals - includes practical information on the uses, actions and side effects of each drug product.

 British Medical Association Guide
The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook


Published: 2010

One of the most widely used sources of medical information in the world, t his Home edition recognizes the public's increasing need for access to the same medical information doctors have.  It  contains  virtually all the information in the physician's version, but in easy-to-understand, everyday language, with a reader-friendly format.  Merck have updated the edition to cater for the changing medical environment. The new edition contains new chapters on subjects ranging from Gene Therapy, Heart disease, Cancer, Nutrition problems, Hormonal problems, Men's, women's and children's health issues


 Merck Manual

The Harvard Medical School of Family Health Guide  

A.L Komaroff.  2003


This detailed and wide-ranging books in its coverage  draws on the unrivalled expertise of 7000 health professionals working in the most respected hospitals and research centres in the US to deliver the most authoritative, comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date information about the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease at every stage of human life. Guidance is also given on how to make the most of time spent in consultation with a doctor, and on how to decide between different treatment options. It  has been adapted for a British readership.

 Harvard Medical School of Family Health

A-Z of Syndromes and Inherited Disorders  

Third Edition   Patricia Gilbert

The entire text has been extensively revised in an endeavour to keep up with the rapidly expanding knowledge associated with genetic disorders. An appendix provides a basic outline of genetics. This book provides a practical reference for carers and those with a syndrome or inherited disorder. Each section gives guidelines on the practical aspects of help that can be given and contact details for self-help groups where appropriate.

 Syndromes and Inherited Disorders