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Professional Nursing: Medical Tools

A guide to library and internet resources for students and faculty in the ACC Associate Degree Nursing program

Medical Terminology & Dictionaries

Need a definition of a medical term? Try the following:

Health Statistics

Drug Information

There are many online drug information sources available. The following are some good options:

Anatomy & Graphics

  • Zygote Body, originally called Google Body, is an anatomy tool that allows you to manipulate a virtual human body. You can highlight various body systems and rotate the images into different views. Structures are named and you can pin them to help in studying. This tool works best with the Chrome browser and may not work with some computers' video cards.  A free sign-up is required.

  • Human Body Maps is an interactive anatomy tool, but with the ability to rotate images in 3D. Clicking structures retrieves relevant text.

  • InnerBody is also an interactive anatomy system that allows you to study particular body systems

  • The Medical Animation Library from the Penn Medicine website provides links to many medical animations arranged by body system and medical specialty.

  • The Wellcome Library has over 100,000 images related to the history of medicine available to download free under a Creative Commons license.

  • Eskeletons from the University of Texas Anthropology Department. A great way to study the human skeleton -- and the skeletons of other primates. Details photographs can be studied from several viewpoints.

  • The U.S. National Library of Medicine's Images from the History of Medicine collection provides access to over 70,000 digitized images, including portraits, photographs and posters.

Diseases and Conditions

Although the ACC libraries have many resources with detailed information on diseases and conditions, you might find the following sites useful for finding basic background information.

Historical Medical Resources

There are many hisotircal medical resources available online. However, do not use these if you are seeking information on current research or clinical practice -- use these for historical purposes only.


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