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About the Merck Manuals

History of the Merck Manuals

About The Merck Manuals

First published in 1899 as a small reference book for physicians and pharmacists, The Manual grew in size and scope to become one of the most widely used comprehensive medical resources for professionals and consumers. As the Manual evolved, it continually expanded the reach and depth of its offerings to reflect the mission of providing the best medical information of the day to a wide cross-section of users, including medical professionals and students, veterinarians and veterinary students, and consumers.

Mission Statement

We believe that health information is a universal right and that every person is entitled to accurate and accessible medical information. And we believe that we have a responsibility to protect, preserve and share the best current medical information to enable more informed decisions, enhance relationships between patients and professionals

Fulfilling the Mission

As a sign of its deepened commitment to worldwide medical information access and improving global health, we are making the Merck Manuals (in North America) and MSD Manuals (in the remainder of the world) available for free in digital form in to professionals and patients.

We have maintained a strong outreach to developing countries for decades. Through partnerships with organizations such as Books for Africa, we havedonated more than 200,000 copies of the  Manuals professional and home editions to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) for distribution to physicians, nurses and community health workers throughout developing countries.

In 2015, we embarked on our most  far-reaching medical knowledge initiative to date, Global Medical Knowledge 2020. Through this worldwide project, The Manuals aim to make the best current medical information accessible by up to 3 billion professionals and patients around the world by 2020. As part of this project, all  translations of the Manuals will be available online and kept current with the English version.

Editorial Independence  

The Manuals are the product of a collaboration between hundreds of medical experts worldwide, an independent editorial board of peer reviewers, and our' editorial staff of physicians and professional medical writers. For over 100 years, we l have had  complete editorial independence to present the best current thinking regarding medical diagnosis and treatment, and does not in any way promote or publicize Merck or Merck products. To ensure absence of commercial or corporate bias, authors and peer reviewers cannot be employees of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, nor can they serve as speakers for Merck or Merck products, or in any other way represent the company. Although the editorial staff is employed by Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, there is no control, review, or even input into the content of The Manuals allowed from any other part of our company, including research and development, sales and marketing, public relations, legal, and corporate management. 
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Books for Africa

Books for Africa
The Merck Manuals team has donated more than 200,000 copies of the Merck Manual professional and home editions through partnerships and organizations, such as Book for Africa, for distribution to physicians, nurses and community health workers throughout developing countries.

Global Medical Knowledge Gap
Two decades of research have documented a growing medical knowledge crisis that negatively impacts people's ability to make informed health care decisions, hinders the relationships between patients and professionals and creates a barrier to better health care outcomes in the US and around the world.