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Doctors Book of Home Remedies: Simple, Doctor-approved Self-care Solutions for 146 Common Health Conditions. c2002.     call number: REF 610 DOCTORS.

American College of Physicians Home Medical Advisor. c2002.     call number: REF 610 AMERICAN.

Anybody's Sports Medicine Book: the Complete Guide to Quick Recovery from Injuries by James Garrick. c2000.     call number: 617.1027 GARRICK.

How to Survive Your Doctor's Care: Get the Right Diagnosis, the Right Treatment, and the Right Experts for You. by Pamela Gallin. c2003.    call number: 610 GALLIN.

Johns Hopkins Symptoms and Remedies: the Complete Home Medical Reference. c2003.    call number: 616.024 JOHNS

Know Your Options: the Definitive Guide to Choosing the Best Medical Treatments. c2003.    call number: 610 KNOW

Mayo Clinic Family Health Book. c2003.    call number: 613 MAYO

New Harvard Guide fo Women's Health. c2004.    call number: 616.0082 CARLSON

New York Times Guide to Alternative Health: a Consumer Reference. c2001.    call number: 615.5 NEW

Harvard Health Letter    call number: Reference 610.5 HARVARD

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Audio-Visual Materials

Cassettes & Compact Discs:
Eat Right 4 Your Type by Peter D'Adamo. c1998.    call number: AUDIO 613 D'ADAMO.

For People Experiencing Stress by Belleruth Naparstek. c1995.    call number: AUDIO 615.851 NAPARSTEK.

Self-healing With Guided Imagery by Andrew Weil. c2003.    call number: AUDIO 615.8512 WEIL.

Videos and DVDs:
Eating Well for Optimum Health c2000.     call number: VIDEO DIY EWF

Get Healthy Now! c2002.    call number: VIDEO DIY GHN

Moving Through Menopause c2001.     call number: VIDEO DIY MTM.

Stress Relief c2003.     call number: VIDEO EDUCATION SR

Websites & Electronic Resources

College of Physicians Consumer Health Section from the website of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia provides residents of Greater Philadelphia with access to a wide range of current, reliable, and jargon-free medical, health and wellness resources.

Medlineplus: a website maintained by the National Institutes of Health that offers a "goldmine of good health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine."

Oncolink: a website devoted to information on all types of cancer, prevention and treatment. The site is maintained by the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. OncoLink was founded in 1994 by Penn cancer specialists with a mission to help cancer patients, families, health care professionals and the general public get accurate cancer-related information at no charge.

Copecaredeal: a mental health website for adolescents produced by the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative, funded by the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. It gives expert, trustworthy information about anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, meed disorders, and other mental health topics written in a supportive, teen-friendly voice.

WebMD: a commercial provider of online information, educational services and communities for physicians and consumers.

Drug Information from United States Pharmacopeia (United States Pharmacopeial Convention) - a guide to more than 9,000 prescription and over-the-counter medications. This website is part of Medlineplus.

Merck Manual: The Second Home Edition aims to meet the growing demand of the general public for highly detailed, complete, authoritative medical information. The book covers many difficult medical concepts, but it does so in everyday language.

Healthfinder: an award-winning Federal Web site, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies that is a resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet.

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards: a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals.

Food Safety.Gov: a gateway website that provides links to selected government food safety-related information. It is maintained by Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Websites with information about health care professionals who have been subject to disciplinary action and/or medical malpractice:


Montgomery County Department of Health: It is the mission of the Montgomery County Health Department to assure the provision of services that promote, protect and preserve the public's health.
Address: Montgomery County Human Services Center, 1430 DeKalb Street, P. O. Box 311, Norristown, PA 19404-0311 Tel: (610) 278-5117; Fax: (610) 278-5167.

Abington Memorial Hospital: a fully accredited, not-for-profit, 508-bed community teaching hospital and comprehensive regional health center serving people in Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia counties.
Address: 1200 Old York Road (Route 611), Abington, PA 19001. Tel: (215) 481-2000;

Abington Health Lansdale Hospital (formerly Central Montgomery Medical Center): a 135-bed, acute care general hospital providing a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services. The facility includes a 24-hour emergency department, an 18 bed Orthopaedic and Spine Institute, a 7-bed Acute Rehabilitation Unit, a Sleep Center, and a Wound Care Center.
Address: 100 Medical Campus Drive, Lansdale, PA 19446. Tel: (215) 368-2100; Fax: (215) 361-4933.

Poison Control Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is the regional poison control services provider for eastern Pennsylvania offering a 24-hour-a-day emergency hotline for poisoning incidents and poison information.
Address: 34th & Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104. For Emergency Help Call: 1-800-222-1222, Administrative Tel: (215) 590-2003; FAX: (215) 590-4419.

American Cancer Society: a nationwide, community- based voluntary health organization with state divisions and more than 3,400 local offices. The goal of the American Cancer Society (ACS) is to prevent cancer, save lives, and diminish suffering from cancer.
Address (local): Bux-Mont Office, High Point Professional Bldg, 700 Horizon Circle, Suite 201, Chalfont, PA 18914. Tel: (215) 712-3290; Fax: (215) 712-3298.

American Heart Association: its mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Address (local): 625 West Ridge Pike, Suite A100, Conshohocken, PA, 19428. Tel: (610) 940-9540; fax: (610) 940-9541.

American Lung Association: a voluntary health organization that fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health.
Address (local): 525 Plymouth Road, Suite 315, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1640. Tel: (610) 941-9595; Fax: (610) 825-8143.

Alzheimer's Association: a national network of chapters, is the largest national voluntary health organization dedicated to advancing Alzheimer's research and helping those affected by the disease. This link is to the Delaware Valley Chapter.
Address (local): 100 N. 17th Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Helpline: (800) 272-3900; Business Tel: (215) 561-2919; Fax: (215) 561-4663.

National Mental Health Association: the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. The agency works closely with and supports the development of the consumer self-help movement for adult mental health consumers, parents of children with an emotional disturbance, and family members of those with a mental illness.
Address (local): 1211 Chestnut Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Toll Free: (800) 688-4226, Business Tel: (215) 751-1800; Fax: (215) 636-6300.

AIDS Library of Philadelphia: At the AIDS Library, you will find professional librarians who are there to assist you in your search for information about HIV in a setting that is both comfortable and private.
Address (local): 1233 Locust Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Tel: (215) 985-4851; Fax: (215) 985-4492. Email: library@aidslibrary.org

Montgomery County Medical Society.
Address: 491 Allendale Rd., Suite 323, King of Prussia, PA 19406. Tel: (610) 878-9530; Fax: (610) 878-9533. E-mail: montmedsoc@aol.com

Pennsylvania Medical Society: the mission of the Pennsylvania Medical Society is to represent physicians, support professional advancement in public health and public policy—as well as in medical science, education, practice and ethics—and serve as patient advocates, both on the state and national levels.
Address: 777 East Park Drive, P.O. Box 8820, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8820. Toll free in Pennsylvania only: (800) 228-7823; Business Tel: (717) 558-7750.

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