Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Introduction to Health Issues and Tragic Complications

Stories thrive on conflict. A person’s health problems can be a source of conflict for an entire book. Here we explore disease, deficiencies, being hooked on drugs and some of the tools of the health profession’s trade.

A number of resources in this section are from the outer envelope of government information. They might look like they’re from private journals, and they are. But they were indexed and abstracted by the National Library of Medicine at taxpayer expense, so I’m calling that government information. Especially since some of the abstracts seem to provide most of the information you need. Assuming you are a writer and not a doctor. Doctors should always read articles in full.

Generally speaking, you can pick out the indexed and abstracted articles in this section because their URLs will start with “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/.” In some cases the full article is available online. When it is not, you should be able to request the article through interlibrary loan at your local library.

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