WCL: Dr. Lauren Streicher's 'must have' medical websites and books

Dr. Lauren Streicher gives us her "must have" list of the best medical websites and books. Check them out! And don't forget ? if you have an expensive medication ? check out the website of the company that makes it ? they might have coupons or specials to lower the cost of the medicine.

Best site for general medical information:

Best site for alternative medicine:
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Best site to get in on a Clinical Trial:

Best site to understand your biopsy result:

Best site for current cancer news, treatment summaries, and links to cancer treatment centers
National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Best site for women's issues:
American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists

Best site for menopause information:
North American Menopause Society


Best reference book for symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of common diseases
The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook

Best book to put under your teenagers pillow
Seductive Delusions, How Everyday People Catch STDs, by Jill Grimes, MD

Best guide to your vagina
The V Book, A doctor's Complete guide to Vaginal Health by Elizabeth Stewart, MD

Best book if you have been told you might need a hysterectomy
The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy, A Gynecologist's Advice on Your Choices Before, During and After Surgery-Including Alternatives to Hysterectomy by Lauren Streicher, MDb

Best book to make sense of what your doctor just told you
2012 Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment by Stephen McPhee and Maxine Papdakis

Best book if you want practical tips to eating healthy
American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Guide by Roberta Larson Duyff, MS,RD, FADA,CGCS

Other book resources
Many major medical centers have extensive health learning centers that are free, open to the public and stocked with books, videos, models and access to materials. They are staffed by knowledgeable health librarians who are eager and ready to help you find the information you need.
University of Chicago has an on line library of resources:

Rush Medical Center has library and a Health Learning Center

Northwestern Hospital has 2 health learning centers
Alberto Culver Women's Health Learning Center
Prentice Women's Hospital ?250 E. Superior, Suite 1-2104?312-472-3640?
e-mail: womenshealthcenter@nmh.org
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Health Learning Center (Galter Pavilion)
Galter Pavilion?251 E. Huron St., Suite 3-304 ?312-926-LINK (5465)?
e-mail: hlc@nmh.org?Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Find out more about Dr. Streicher at her website:

Read her blog on the Dr. Oz website: