These exhaustive, regularly updated manuals (originally published in 1899 - they were then converted to web format in 2014) cover thousands of medical topics and are available in ten languages. While I mainly use the professional version (recommended by my teacher to supplement my instruction), I sometimes toggle back and forth between the professional (as a student) and consumer version (as a patient). There's even a Merck veterinary manual that covers not only cats and dogs but more exotic species as well e.g. lizards, llamas etc. It's perfect for pet caregivers in need of concise and accurate information. All corresponding versions of the manual are held to the same high standard.
Merckmanuals are peer-reviewed - the articles are written by 350+ independent medical experts who are specialists in their fields. This rigorous standard means the information provided is authoritative and valid.
These manuals are completely free of charge and don't require any sort of registration, which means no cluttered inbox or financial hassles - but don't let the easy access fool you - the content here is the real deal.
I especially love that this site is refreshingly free of all commercial advertising/sponsored content. No obnoxious drug ads here bogging down your page and influencing data (yes, Merck is technically a pharmaceutical company, but they continue to provide the public with unbiased medical information). This streamlined approach makes absorbing information that much easier.
There's a lot of dangerously misleading/outright inaccurate information out there. It's often hard to distinguish credible from unreliable sources. Merckmanuals offer the curious consumer easily navigable information that can be trusted. The consumer needn't worry about getting distracted or lost while perusing this site. Common health topics are broken down by organ system. Even those with difficulty spelling can find conditions (or symptom info) by navigating the letter spine atop the page. All reference material is presented in an easy to understand format that also includes: valuable first aid emergency information (CPR, responses to both common and unusual injuries etc.), health news, headlines etc. The plethora of rich, interactive material kept me super engaged. Here are the features that stood out for me as a student -
- Lively, in-depth case studies that don't insult your intelligence. These challenging studies really helped me gain insight into the entire diagnostic process in meticulous step by step format.
- 3D Models/Animations. Powered by BioDigital (the world's first interactive 3D body platform), specific views can be obtained using the zoom, pan/rotate, and dissection buttons. I'm a very visual person - the 3D models enriched my understanding of anatomy in a way nothing else has. These models are perfect for both the student trying to visualize anatomy and the expert wanting to refresh their knowledge. That said, most aren't very impressive graphics-wise. They get the job done, but the visual impact is somewhat 'blah'. Hopefully they'll improve them in the future.
- How-To Videos. The vast library of videos (exams, surgeries, bodily processes etc.) are detailed, yet concise - no tangential droning - just straight to the point presentations that really helped me grasp complex concepts.
Along with all these features are timely medical headlines, a library of conversion tables, quizzes, editorials, clinical calculators, and even podcasts on thousands of pertinent medical topics.
Invaluable resource (merckmanuals.com in the US/Canada, msdmanuals.com in the rest of the world) for students, professionals, and the general public.