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  • proper n. The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, an immensely popular compendium of medical knowledge useful in practice


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  • For more than a century, the drug-maker Merck & Co. has published a standard textbook for physicians known as the Merck Manual, but in 1997 the publisher issued its first home edition -- to the delight and edification of many families.

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  • Cabin fever is really a disease, according to the Merck Manual, which is the bible of diseases and health problems. Dickson

  • Terrence Holt remembers the "leather armchair" in his father's study and the "thin, green-bound volume," full of lurid photos of childhood diseases, that led him eventually to an appreciation of the "calm, magisterial" Merck Manual.

    The Life Well-Read

  • One day he asked for something to read, and his doctor gave him a copy of the Merck Manual, a thick tome listing just about every disease and ailment know to medicine.

    Manifesting Michelangelo

  • The Merck Manual (first published in 1899, now available in a Home Edition) warns individuals with B and/or T cell immunodeficiencies to avoid live-virus vaccines (the main ingredient in ones produced by Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, and perhaps others) due to the risk of severe or fatal infections.

    Early and Current Fears about Vaccine Dangers

  • Weisberg implies that there is no difference between acute and sub-acute PT, because CMS does not recognize a difference, and the Merck Manual definiton of acute and sub-acute PT.

    Former CMS manager enabled Medicare managed care provider to dodge regulations.

  • If he had any doubt, he would pull out his Merck Manual and come up with a cure.


  • Hallucinations and paranoia begin to take hold and eventually deteriorate into a state of dementia, according to the Merck Manual.

    The Strangest Sleep Disorders

  • And not just the mainstream hypochondriac who, having exhausted the possibilities in the Merck Manual, is looking for more exotic diseases about which to obsess.

    Resource of the Week: CDC Health Information for International Travel 2008 (The Yellow Book) « ResourceShelf

  • This study was funded by Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company whose own drugs, according to the Merck Manual guidelines, are not considered effective against severe depression when used alone.

    The Truth About Beauty


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