March 2018

Fly, Manuals, Fly!


Greetings from Philadelphia, the home of the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles! We have had much excitement about football, but never fear, even with all the distractions related to the big game, we have been hard at work on updating and improving The Manual.


Our biggest news is that the new print edition, the 20th edition of The Merck Manual, will be published within the next several weeks. Online retailers are taking preorders, and we expect to begin shipping copies soon. The new edition is not only thicker, but bigger as well. The Manual is overflowing with so much information that it could not fit into our traditional trim size. Please let us know what you think when you see it.



Tech Corner


How do I access the editing portal?

The general impression is that the only way to access our system portal is to use the links included in the system-generated email messages that you receive when you have chapters requiring attention. Guess what? You can access our system portal anytime you like using this link:! To make it even EASIER—add this link to your internet toolbar, making it a one-click process to open our portal. Here’s how!




Trivia Challenge




Congratulations to Dr. Rubenstein, winner of our last Trivia Challenge! His entry was closest to the correct answer:


The Manuals are currently available in 10 languages. These languages are English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Chinese.




Learning By Osmosis


We have been trying hard to enhance our offerings for students. Videos created by are a new tool. These videos, which explain pathophysiology of disorders, are designed to simplify understanding of complex topics, enhancing student comprehension. Check out Overview of Physiologic pH and Buffers!





Expanding Our Reach


The Manuals joins Figure 1

The Merck Manuals now has a presence on Instagram and Figure 1 (a social networking site sometimes described as “Instagram for doctors”). You’ve probably heard of Instagram, but if you aren’t familiar with Figure 1, it’s the only social media platform designed specifically for healthcare professionals and students. It connects millions of healthcare professionals around the world to view, discuss, and share medical cases. If you have an account, follow The Manuals!


We’re looking for a few good med student bloggers!

Our team of med student contributors shares insights, tips, and a glimpse into what it’s like to experience medical school today. Their Student Stories are highlighted on our Professional site. If you know nursing students, students about to start medical school, or students in their first or second year of medical school who may be interested in becoming our bloggers, please point them to our “Blog For Us page” to learn how to apply. We appreciate your help!



In Memoriam


Charles D. Bortle, EdD, Director of Clinical Simulation, Office of Academic Affairs, Einstein Medical Center, author of Respiratory Arrest


S. Charles Schulz, MD, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Medical School, author of Schizophrenia and Related Disorders






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