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Merck's Manual Go-To Android App

Jan 28, 2014 11:15 AM EST

Merck’s latest new Manual Go-To Android app offers a solution for users delivering the most up to date critical medical advice on seeking immediate medical attention for symptoms. The Merck Manual Go-To Home Guide for Symptoms is similar to the actual Merck book version. Each entry clearly and comprehensively describes a symptom, along with its potential causes, and provides essential guidance on next steps. The app is available for $4.99.

Robert S. Porter, MD, Editor-in-Chief created The Merck Manual series of books, long trusted by healthcare professionals and consumers alike. The manual version offers information from anything such as headaches, sore throats to nosebleeds.  The Merck Manual Home Symptoms, Go-To Guide is a mobile app derived from the world’s most widely used medical reference. The mobile version delivers expert guidance on how to respond to specific medical symptoms. Users simply search for one or more of their symptoms and they will quickly find recommendations for how to proceed without complicated medical jargon.

Features of The Merck Manual Go-To Home Guide for Symptoms include:

  • Easy-to-understand descriptions of 100+ common medical symptoms

  • Clear recommendations for when to see a professional doctor

  • Warning signs for symptoms with high levels of concern

  • Helpful figures, tables, and charts for enhanced learning

  • Causes, Evaluation, and Treatment information in each topic

  • Entries with Prevention and Aging-Related recommendations

  • Summary of key points for each symptom

  • Appendix describing the most common medical tests

  • Universal Index Search help find terms across all indexes

  • “Favorites” for bookmarking important entries


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