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Rosenfeld, Isadore.
Personal Author:
Bantam mass market edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Bantam Books, 1994.

Physical Description:
xii, 491 pages ; 18 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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RC81 .R83 1989C Adult Mass Market Paperback Open Shelf

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You hold in your hands the most valuable and easy-to-use home medical reference ever published. Written by Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld, a distinguished physician and best-selling author, Symptoms is a complete guide to all the aches, pains, and physical "distress signals" you many experience. In his war, reassuring style. Dr. Rosenfeld tells you how to interpret your body's warning signs, when to seek medical treatment -- and when you don't need to worry.

Complete with advice on evaluating your personal susceptibility and reducing your risks for various diseases, Symptoms is an indispensable resource -- the next best thing to having a doctor in the house!

Author Notes

Isadore Rosenfeld was born Ezra Rosenfeld in Montreal, Canada on September 7, 1926. He received a bachelor of science degree and a medical degree from McGill University in Montreal. He was a cardiologist and general practitioner until his retirement in 2011. He also was the health editor of Parade magazine, taught clinical medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College, and hosted the Fox News health program Sunday Housecall with Dr. Rosenfeld.

He wrote more than a dozen books including Modern Prevention: The New Medicine, The Best Treatment, Dr. Rosenfeld's Guide to Alternative Medicine, Live Now, Age Later: Proven Ways to Slow Down the Clock, and Doctor of the Heart: My Life in Medicine. He died from complications of the flu on January 30, 2018 at the age of 91.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Hypochondriacs rejoice! Here's a new book that allows you to pore over your symptoms and make your own diagnosis (though a disclaimer, of course, advises you to see a doctor). Author Rosenfeld, a physician himself, exhibits an engaging sense of humor, both in his choice of chapter titles ("Your Urine: You Don't Have to Taste It to Test It") and in his approach to the topic. For example, in researching how people view their symptoms, he asked several of his patients if they had ever experienced "gribbling." All but one said yes, even though Rosenfeld made the symptom up. His lighthearted approach notwithstanding, the author provides solid information on a plethora of common maladies. The text is conveniently organized by symptoms, and each chapter contains a boxed chart, "Points to Remember," which succinctly reiterates the various symptoms associated with a particular condition and what to do about them. This is a readable, useful volume, and though there is no index, a detailed table of contents provides adequate access. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

This useful home health guide is a hypochondriac's delight, as physician Rosenfeld ( Modern Prevention ) describes bodily ailments and symptoms running the gamut from heartburn to fainting spells, blurred vision to yellow eyeballs, memory loss to constipation. Are such disorders nothing serious--or a good reason to start worrying? Rosenfeld contends that his book will give most readers an idea of what a symptom really indicates, what should be done about it and how quickly. ``In my experience, the first opinion of an informed patient usually turns out to be right.'' He is careful to note, however, that Symptoms is not intended to replace a visit to the doctor; rather, it is a tool for patients to rely on in describing their problems with increased accuracy. In 17 chapters Rosenfeld gives intelligent suggestions on how to play medical detective and pin down the likely diagnosis, and explains how age, sex, family medical history and habits can offer additional clues to a symptom's meaning. His book will save readers time, money and, best of all, anxiety. BOMC , QPBC , MacMillan Book Club , Preferred Choice Book Plan and Rodale Press Book Club alternates. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved