Designed for general readers, the 4th revised edition of Magill's Medical Guide contains 960 signed entries written by experts describing the major diseases and disorders of the human body, the basics of human anatomy and physiology, specializations in medical practice, and common surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Typical entries on diseases provide details on the anatomy or body system affected, the health specialties that address a given disease, a concise definition, the causes and symptoms, current treatments and therapies, and prospects for future treatments. Most entries also include photographs, charts, and/or drawings to illustrate the topic, hyperlinked cross-references, and an annotated bibliography for further information.
The online version of Magill's Medical Guide provides easy search and browse access to the full 3,200 pages of text found in the five-volume print version (also available in the Library - Call Number REF RC41.M34). The online indexes also offer fast access to the Guide's glossary, table of contents, anatomy and systems affected, medical specialties and related fields, and diseases and conditions, plus lists of health care providers, medical journals, pharmaceuticals, health organizations, recommended web sites, and contributors to the Guide.