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While the library is committed to serving the information needs of its patrons, the ethical principles of the Reference and Adult Services Division of the American Library Association prohibit us from practicing medicine: “Staff are not healthcare professionals. At no time should staff interpret or make recommendations regarding diagnoses, treatments, or specific health care professionals or health care facilities.” (RUSA Health and Medical Reference Guidelines, June 2015)

The Lexington County Public Library provides medical and health information to the public for informational purposes only. Staff do not render professional medical advice, medical services or engage in the practice of medicine in any way.


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

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

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Full text of more than 600 subject-specific encyclopedias, biographies, chronologies, and dictionaries — all from well-respected publishers

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A collection of ebooks on various subjects.
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A platform that allows the user to search multiple EBSCO databases at once and retrieve a single set of results.


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A collection of premier reference books that you can view and search online. You can search a single book, within a subject or across the library’s entire book collection.
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Authoritative, up-to-date information on health and wellness topics including full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more

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161,000 multimedia resources, including high-quality full-length videos, video clips, images, audio files, interactives, maps and science experiments.

Salem Press has recently updated our online platform with all new features, search capabilities and a great new design. It is now easier than ever before to access all Salem Press’ award-winning content in one database.


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.

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.

This book discusses epidemics and pandemics, their impact on public health, and how they shape and are shaped by political, economic, and social forces. It offers historical and contemporary examples and case studies. It explains what an epidemic is, how it emerges and spreads, what diseases might become epidemics, how they are tracked/prevented/combated, impacts of such factors as air travel and antibiotic resistance, and roles played by public health agencies and the media.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

  • Cardiovascular Disease Handbook & Resource Guide
  • Dementia Handbook & Resource Guide
  • Diabetes Handbook & Resource Guide
  • Nutrition, Obesity & Eating Disorders Handbook & Resource Guide

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 & 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.

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.

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Provides an overview of pandemics throughout history.

  • Addictions & Substance Abuse
  • Complementary & Alternative Medicine
  • Genetics & Inherited Conditions
  • Infectious Diseases & Conditions
  • Psychology & Mental Health

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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