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hat are medical mnemonics?  Mnemonics are methods for remembering information that is otherwise quite difficult to recall. A common example is the order of the basic steps for resuscitation:  ABCDE (airway, breathing, circulation, drugs, environment).  Another example is this rhyme for treating a a person who has fainted: "If the face is red, raise the head.  If the face is pale, raise the tail."

Medical mnemonics are a lifesaver.  Here are some resources for all the mnemonics you could ever hope for:

This is the queen of all sites - a free, non-profit online searchable database of every single medical mnemonic you can imagine, and them some.  You can also download the entire thing (see free downloads - right) to print out or save to your hard drive.  What do they have mnemonics for?  Everything:  anatomy, anesthesiology, behavioral science/psych, biochemistry, biology, cardiology, chemistry, dermatology, embryrology, emergency medicine, epidemiology, gastroenterology, genetics, histology, immunology, internal medicine, family practice, physical assessment, microbiology, neurology/neurosciences, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, pathology, pediatrics, pharmacology, physics, physiology, podiatry, psychiatry, radiology/oncology, rheumatology/allergy, surgery, urology/nephrology.


Medical Mnemonics is a free database of medical mnemonics to help you remember important details for clinicals and beyond.
Another great resource,'s has mnemonics concerning the basic sciences, medical conditions, etiologies, signs and symptoms, diagnoses, and therapies that can easily be remembered. They also have a handy list of medical acronyms and shorthand. has a nice collection of mnemonics covering human anatomy, assessment & diagnostics, nursing interventions, the circulatory system and other miscellaneous mnemonics designed to help nursing students.

More resources will be added as we find them.  If you know of a great online resource for mnemonics,
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