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The Merck Index: An Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs, and Biologicals, 14th Edition [Hardcover]

Maryadele J. O'Neil
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November 3, 2006 091191000X 978-0911910001 14th
The Merck Index is a one-volume encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs and biologicals that contains more than 10,000 monographs. Each monograph in this authoritative reference source is a concise description of a single substance or a small group of closely related compounds.

Compounds included:

•       human and veterinary drugs

•       biotech drugs and monoclonal antibodies

•       substances used for medical imaging

•       biologicals and natural products

•       plants and traditional medicines

•       nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals

•       agriculturals, pesticides and herbicides

•       Organic chemicals used in research

•       Food additives and supplements

•       dyes, colors and indicators

•       environmentally significant substances

Information provided:

•       chemical, common and generic names

•       Over 15,000 trademarks and associated companies

•       CAS Registry Numbers for over 12,000 compounds

•       Over 8,500 chemical structures

•       molecular formulae, weights and percentage composition

•       capsule statements identifying compound classes and scientific significance

•       scientific and patent literature references

•       physical and toxicity data

•       therapeutic and commercial uses

•       caution and hazard information

In addition, there are more than 700 new and completely revised monographs, thousands of new references, trademarks and uses added to existing monographs.  Now includes a companion CD-ROM which features 989 monographs no longer available in print, organic name reactions, supplemental tables and a new user interface for user-friendly searching.

Features of the CD:

  • Searchable by keywords, references, and numerical properties
  • Search the complete contents of the 14th edition, plus nearly a thousand monographs archived from previous editions
  • Comes with a free one-year subscription to the Merck Index Internet Edition
  • Windows-compatible CD powered by CambridgeSoft's ChemFinder
  • Extensively revised supplemental tables now including acronyms, vaccines, and physical constants
  • More than 70 pages of hard to find information in one easy-to-use place

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Editorial Reviews


"Scientists working in many different areas…will be looking forwards to the future editions with their continued tradition of excellence." (American Journal of Therapeutics, September/October 2007)

"…a must for academic, public, and special libraries…essential." (CHOICE, June 2007)

"...the quality of the contents in one concise volume makes TMI the premier work of its kind...should be available as part of the arms-reach searching armamentarium of laboratory scientists of many stripes..." (Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, March 2007)

"The Merck Index was first published in 1899, and it will continue to serve as the standard reference for chemists, biochemists, pharmacologists, pharmacists, and other health professionals." (Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, February 8, 2007)

Product Details

  • Series: The Merck Index, Fourteenth Edition
  • Hardcover: 2564 pages
  • Publisher: Merck Reasearch Laboratories; 14th edition (November 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091191000X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911910001
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 2.8 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference - BEWARE MISSING PAGES December 6, 2006
By Bunsen
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This is an indispensable reference book. I use it daily. I recently upgraded to this most recent version. I have had it about 3 weeks. I went to look up quinine today and couldn't find the Q's. Then I had a brief moment of disbelief and I recited the alphabet to myself to make sure I wasn't missing something. Then, I noticed my copy skipped from page 1376 to page 1425! Fortunately I can still exchange the book, but beware....count your pages when you get this book.

Otherwise, great book. And the included CD-ROM provides a little extra searching power. I would prefer that the CD interface and printouts were a little cleaner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential reference book for chemists November 24, 2008
The Merk Index is an essential reference book for chemists. During my entire career working in the research and development of analytical chemistry methods for pharmaceuticals, there always was a copy of The Merk Index in the laboratory. Usually, I had my own copy of an earlier edition on my own bookshelf, over my desk. I cannot imagine starting a new method development project without, first, looking for any pertinent information that might be in The Merk Index.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book!!! December 14, 2009
Have heard some good things about this book and have not been disappointed. All who buy this book will get what they pay for and more. All Merck books have been awesome resources for me. I am in pre-med and am taking pharmacology next semester and I know that this book will make things loads easier; also it is not as expensive as any CRC Handbook. I am thrifty buyer and this book was worth the extra I payed for it. =o) Thanks for reading.

PS> buy the book!!!! it is awesome.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There is a major bug with the CD software. January 11, 2007
The problem can be resolved by thier "stupid" customer service people, if you can somehow convince them that you have the correct CD. The Merck software is excellent, and the Cambridgesoft software running it is terrible, I feel sorry for Merck. It wouldn't run properly on my machine, I had to go back and forth over 4 days to resolve this issue with their outsourced (to India) technical staff via email. Apparently if you have a previous version of Merck installed with Cambridgesoft software on your XP, then you will need to perform some surgery on your Registry, and then install an update into certain files locaed on the C drive.

Once you get it working, it should be fine.

No doubt however that the TEXT Merck Index is EXCELLENT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Years of Reading Pleasure all in One Book. February 13, 2013
By Mike P
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Years of Reading Pleasure all in One Book.
Sleeps with me every night; my wife isn't too impressed by it.
Can glaze over the eyes of the un-interested within seconds.
Highly informative and recommended.
Great quality and price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Merck Index January 19, 2013
The Merck Index is in excellent condition and lived up to my expectations.It even came with an updated Cd , which was a pleasant surprise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great for the chemist/pharmacist in your life January 1, 2013
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good to have around to look up info. has tons of properties of different elements, compounds, drugs, and mode. perfect reference book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mandatory Power Tools for the Researcher December 26, 2012
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As a chemical engineering researcher, the Merck Index has been with me my entire career. Anyone out there who is remotely involved with biopharmaceuticals, galvanized plating, trigonal planar Lithium hydride battery formulations, or just plain ole kitchen cabinet cleaners. The Merck Index is your sole go to reference source for arriving to the heart of the chemistry rapidly. Researchers typically let their imaginations wander in the dark cave of molecular research frontiers and the Merck Index is their safe flashlight of known reactivities and quantities.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars #therewullnotbeanexttime
No comment. I will be careful what I buy next time. I am not going to say anything else and do not appreciate having to make a comment
Published 9 months ago by TriciaM
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have reference for the lab
This index has helped me find useful compounds for my work. It's a decent starting/branch point for any material sciences adventure.
Published 19 months ago by newscientist
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference but needs to provide offline mobile access
Very handy refernce but really they need to provide an electronic version that is not CD or online based. There are many formats available now many platforms - iPhone, kindle etc. Read more
Published on May 9, 2012 by Arch Fooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Next time ship this in a box! The postal service destroyed it!
Great book, but the seller should have shipped this with more protection. The paper bag tore and black scuff marks got all over the pages!
Published on July 28, 2010 by Sergio Crosby
5.0 out of 5 stars Merck Index
I like to pleasure read this book. It is entertaining full of all sorts of useful and interesting information as well as references to pursue. Read more
Published on February 27, 2010 by EleganzShopper
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Shipment Service
Ordered the book since 30th October 2009 and till today (1st December 2009) I have not received it in Singapore. The shipment provided is very slow. Read more
Published on December 1, 2009 by L. Lionel
5.0 out of 5 stars COLLEGE MAJOR - CHEMISTRY
Bought for my son who is majoring in Chemistry at University of South Florida (GO BULLS!!!). He was so excited to have this book. Said he will keep it forever. Read more
Published on June 17, 2009 by Melinda Fryman
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