The following are recommended titles for a medical reference collection useful for answering many different types of consumer health questions. Titles marked with a double asterisk (**) are considered essential for a basic collection in any size public library. A single asterisk (*) indicates additional titles essential for larger public libraries and those that consider consumer health information services a high priority. Purchase of second priority titles depends upon an individual library's size, budget, and population served. Titles with no asterisk are additional recommendations for a comprehensive medical reference collection. All titles are currently in print as of September 2013. Prices are approximate for some titles. Check with your book vendor for currency of the ISBN number and price.
Some titles from previous lists have been omitted and replaced by more current titles. Out-of-print titles have been deleted and new editions of older titles have been added. As new editions of titles are added, we recommend that you discard the older edition, even if you do not plan to buy the new edition. It is better not to have any information than to give someone information that is outdated. Please note that the USPDI vol. 1Â—Drug Information for the Health Care Professional and USPDI vol. 2 Â– Advice for the Patient have been removed from the list. They will no longer be available in print.