Home Edition of The Merck Manual Available Free Online

Posted on March 17, 2000

The Merck Manual of Medical Information -- Home Edition, the best selling medical reference, is now available free online as a free service from Merck & Co., Inc. at www.merckhomeedition.com.

Dr. Robert Berkow, editor in chief of The Merck Manuals, says in a statement, "This is the same trusted medical information that doctors have relied upon in The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy for 100 years, but in everyday language. Now it is available free to the public with the click of a mouse at www.merckhomeedition.com. We created The Merck Manual of Medical Information -- Home Edition in 1997 to help the public in its search for medical information. It quickly became a best seller with 1.5 million copies sold. Now that it's free online, searching for trustworthy medical information is easier than ever."

The company notes in a release that there are now as many as 100,000 health-related websites. They say some of the information is helpful but there are some sites that "convey inaccurate information that often has not been examined by doctors or scientists."

George D. Lundberg, MD, editor in chief, Medscape and former editor, Journal of the American Medical Association, says, "If you're going to use the Internet for information you get for your own health or the health of family and loved ones, be careful. Go to trusted sites and stay with brand-name identification, such as The Merck Manual."`

The Merck Manual of Medical Information -- Home Edition is still available in hardcover and paperback. It is based on The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, first published in 1899 as a resource for physicians. Merck's family of medical references also includes The Merck Manual of Geriatrics, The Merck Veterinary Manual, and The Merck Index (an encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biologicals), all of which are available as books and on CD-ROM. All these references are published as a non-profit service to the scientific community by Merck & Co., Inc.

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