PHARMACY

Merck Manuals unveils redesigned website

BY Sandra Levy

People seeking free medical information from MerckManuals.com will find a new updated website that features several enhancements.

Among the improvements to the website are a more prominent search box, a “letter spine” for locating health topics and medical conditions alphabetically, and “quick links” to material about first aid and emergencies, normal laboratory results, and drug information.

The expanded online collection of assets includes a news feed, commentary, infographics, videos, podcasts, 3D models, health calculators and trackers, quizzes, a pill identifier, and a guide to the pronunciation of medical terms.

Icons in the upper right-hand corner take users directly to the Merck Manuals properties on other online platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and Twitter.

The digital platform allows for timely discussions of pressing social issues with significant public health implications, such as healthy travel, school bullying, and elder abuse.

“The Merck Manuals should be the ‘First Place to Go’ online when seeking trusted medical information unencumbered by advertising or branded content,” said Melissa Adams, director of publishing for the Merck Manuals. “In fact, by bypassing search engines altogether and going directly to MerckManuals.com, we can guarantee that the user experience will be free of advertising and their privacy will be respected from start to finish.”

Visitors to the website can select advanced content, appropriate for health professionals and medical students, or easier to understand information developed for patients and consumers.

More than 350 medical experts currently serve as contributors; content is reviewed by an independent editorial board and regularly updated online.

The resource is available in English and Spanish, and eight other languages.

Provided as a public service by Merck, the online offering expands on the subject matter contained in The Merck Manuals, a series of medical reference books long trusted by doctors and patients. The Merck Manual for doctors and pharmacists was first published in 1899. The book is now in its 20th edition.

The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook translates the complex medical terminology contained in The Merck Manual into everyday language for a lay audience. The first edition of the consumer version was introduced in 1997.

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