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Power to the patient : the treatments to insist on when you're sick
Rosenfeld, Isadore.
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New York : Warner Books, [2002]

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xiv, 448 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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RC81 .R829 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Health care is not what it used to be. House calls are a thing of the past, doctors are spending less time with their patients, while managed care and other insurers are often paying for the least expensive -- and not necessarily the best -- treatment. As a result, there's really no way to know whether you're receiving the best possible therapy when you're sick. Now bestselling author Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld, one of America's bestknown and most trusted physicians, arms you with the facts you need to make sure you are getting the best care. Written for the layman with the author's trademark sense of humor, this book contains the latest proven information on the proper diagnosis and treatment of almost forty of the most common ailments that afflict Americans. It spells out the specific tests and medications to insist on, when to insist on a second opinion, and when to insist on being hospitalized. In short, virtually everything you need to know when you're sick.

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)

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Booklist Review

Rosenfeld, who has written popularly and extensively about health issues, dips into the well once more, this time organizing his material around common diseases. Here the hook is the last few paragraphs of each of the 40 entries that encapsulate what tests and medicines patients should ask for as well as when to demand a second opinion or hospitalization. But all of the information--detailing the maladies, how they affect the body, how to manage the illness, and various treatment options--is strong. Although Rosenfeld writes in clear, direct language, sometimes he doesn't write quite enough. For instance, he tells women patients to insist on having their hormone levels checked to determine proper doses of hormone replacement therapy, but he doesn't spell out which hormones. For most people with common ailments, this will be a good place to start researching their illnesses or complaints. Whether everyone will appreciate his humor is another question. His chapter on acne is subtitled "When Zits Are the Pits." For Alzheimer's disease, it's "Forget about It." --Ilene Cooper

Library Journal Review

After the best-selling Live Now, Age Later: an account of over 40 diseases and the kind of treatment you should be telling the doctor you want. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
1. Acne: When Zits Are the Pitsp. 1
2. AIDS: Serious Monkey Businessp. 9
3. Alzheimer's Disease: Forget About Itp. 22
4. Arthritis: How Do I Hurt Thee? Let Me Count the Waysp. 37
5. Asthma: When You Aim to Wheezep. 56
6. Atrial Fibrillation: When in Your Heart You're Not a Regular Guyp. 69
7. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Massesp. 79
8. Depression: When There's No Light at the End of the Tunnelp. 86
9. Diabetes: When Life's Too Sweetp. 94
10. Diverticular Disease: Forbidden Fruit?p. 119
11. Endometriosis: Not Tonight, Dear, I Have Endometriosisp. 125
12. Fibromyalgia: It's Not "All in Your Head"p. 131
13. Gallbladder Disease: When You're 5F, Not 4Fp. 139
14. Gout: A Royal Painp. 151
15. Hair Loss: Is Bald Beautiful?p. 162
16. Heart Disease: When Your Ticker Isn't Tickingp. 171
17. Hemorrhoids: No Thanks, I'd Rather Standp. 188
18. Hepatitis: Better Never Than Latep. 195
19. High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): When Ignorance Isn't Blissp. 215
20. Infertility: When Your Stork Won't Flyp. 237
21. Irritable Bowel Syndrome: You Are Not Alone (Although Those Around You May Wish You Were!)p. 249
22. Kidney Stones: A Rocky Roadp. 255
23. Lyme Disease: It Can Really Tick You Offp. 266
24. Menopause: His and Hersp. 276
25. Migraine: The Mother of All Headachesp. 284
26. Mitral Valve Prolapse: Smoke but No Firep. 294
27. Multiple Sclerosis: When Your Nervous System Short Circuitsp. 302
28. Osteoporosis: Bone Up on Thisp. 310
29. Ovarian Cancer: Seek and Ye Shall Findp. 322
30. Parkinson's Disease: Shaking Handsp. 331
31. Phlebitis: Oy Veinp. 342
32. Premenstrual Syndrome: Madam President!p. 350
33. Psoriasis: Itching to Be Curedp. 358
34. Rosacea: Rembrandt Was Not a Drunkardp. 371
35. Sexually Transmitted Diseases: How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Waysp. 377
36. Shingles: Not the Kind You Hang Outp. 387
37. Stroke: A Brain Attack by Any Other Namep. 396
38. Thyroid Disease: Gland Centralp. 407
39. Urinary Incontinence: Voiding When Prohibitedp. 423
Checkup or Checkoutp. 431
Epiloguep. 437
Indexp. 439