For those of you researching in the area of health law, it is often necessary to search in medical literature for information related to your topic. One great source to consult for this is PubMed. PubMed is a free resource from the National Center for Biotechnology Information and the National Library of Medicine that contains over 21 million citations to journal articles and books related to medicine, health care, and similar topics. In some instances, PubMed may also provide a link to the full-text of an article. Citations in PubMed generally span from 1946 to the present.
Each article in the database is assigned Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) such as “health care reform” or “genetic testing” depending on the topics covered in the article. These MeSH terms can be used to search for highly relevant articles on your specific topic. For more information about how to conduct searches in PubMed, including subject searches using the MeSH terms, see the PubMed Online Training website. More information about PubMed can also be found in the PubMed Fact Sheet.
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