Here are some titles you may find useful to get background and/or overview information for your research topic. Reference sources can be a great place to start your research, as they will give you the vocabulary you need to help you find more indepth resources.
Companion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine
Ref R131 C65 V.1-2
"Surveys all aspects of the history of medicine, both clinical and social, and reflects the complementary approaches to the discipline.... provide detailed and informative factual surveys with contemporary interpretations and historiographical debate."
The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine
Ref RC 1206 .E53 2011
The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine describes all aspects of the field with perspectives, concepts, and methods from the medical, behavioral, and social sciences and physical education.
Ref KF3821 .L44 2007
"Features comprehensive discussions on a myriad of legal issues that health care professionals face every day."
The Encyclopedia of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Ref R733 .N38 2004
"Up-to-date information on and explanations of a broad range of alternative, complementary, and integrative healing methods in an unbiased and accessible A-Z format. The appendixes include lists of professional and lay organizations, reports from the American Medical Association and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and an historical timeline of alternative and complementary therapies."
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