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About The Merck Manuals

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

Merck Manuals Mission Statement

We believe that health information is a universal right and that every person is entitled to accurate, accessible and usable 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, and improve health care outcomes around the world.

Fulfilling the Mission

As a sign of its deepened commitment to worldwide medical information access and improving global health, Merck is making the Merck Manuals available for free in digital form in multiple languages to professionals and patients around the world.

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

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

Editorial Independence  

The Merck Manuals are the product of a collaboration between hundreds of medical experts worldwide, an independent editorial board of peer reviewers, and the Merck Manuals’ editorial staff of physicians and professional medical writers. For over 100 years, The Merck Manual has 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 products. To ensure absence of commercial or corporate bias, authors and peer reviewers cannot be Merck employees, nor can they serve as speakers for Merck products, or in any other way represent the company. Although the editorial staff is employed by Merck, there is no control, review, or even input into the content of The Manuals allowed from any other part of Merck, including research and development, sales and marketing, public relations, legal, and corporate management.