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Title:
American College of Physicians Home medical adviser
Author:
Goldmann, David R.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Pub., [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
320 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780789489333
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Book

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The quick reference guide for your family's symptoms and how to deal with them. Packed with 150 charts that enable the reader to identify the probable causes of common symptoms and how to choose the most appropriate course of action, the ACP Home Medical Adviser is a guide to symptoms for the entire family. The charts help distinguish between symptoms of a minor illness and those that may indicate a more serious condition. Guidance includes whether a condition can be treated at home, if and when to seek medical advice and if an over-the-counter medicine will help. There is practical advice on healthy living, a discussion of medical care throughout life, and an overview of common screening and diagnostic medical tests, as well practical instructions for life-saving first aid techniques and information on medicines.


Author Notes

Dedicated to enhancing the quality and professionalism in the practice of medicine, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, includes more than 115,000 internal medicine physicians and medical students and is the nation's largest medical specialty organization.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

This robust volume, edited by an associate professor of medicine at the Hospital of the Univ. of Penn., and published in association with the American College of Physicians, includes 150 diagnostic flow-charts designed to help readers determine whether to rush to the doctor's office or use home remedies and over-the-counter medications to relieve pain or sickness. The book is divided into sections that address children, adults in general, and problems specific to men and women, and includes useful chapters on first aid and medical tests (the steps of an MRI or endoscopy, for instance, are clearly explained). Each chart confronts a particular ailment, such as shortness of breath or rash, and, by simulating the questions a doctor might ask, helps lead readers to a diagnosis. Parents will find the entries on babies under one year, childhood and adolescence to be particularly helpful. With its clean design and accompanying photographs and illustrations, this reference book will make a practical addition to home medical libraries. Its best feature is the user-friendly flow-charts, which make getting to the root of the problem and deciding upon an action plan relatively quick and painless. Also included are a drugs guide and a list of important addresses. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

How to use this bookp. 8
Your Body and Healthp. 9
Your bodyp. 10
Skeletonp. 10
Musclesp. 11
Cardiovascular systemp. 12
Respiratory systemp. 13
Nervous systemp. 14
The sensesp. 15
Digestive systemp. 16
Endocrine systemp. 17
Lymphatic systemp. 17
Urinary systemp. 18
Male reproductive systemp. 19
Female reproductive systemp. 20
Conception and pregnancyp. 21
The newborn babyp. 23
The growing childp. 24
Growth chartsp. 26
Healthy livingp. 28
A healthy dietp. 28
Exercisep. 29
Alcoholp. 30
Tobaccop. 31
Drugsp. 31
Sex and healthp. 32
Stressp. 32
Safety and healthp. 33
Professional healthcarep. 35
Healthcare throughout lifep. 35
Visiting your doctorp. 35
Health checks and screeningp. 36
Immunizationp. 37
Medical testsp. 38
Testing samplesp. 38
Physiological testsp. 39
Imaging testsp. 39
Endoscopyp. 42
Symptom Chartsp. 43
How to use the chartsp. 44
System-by-system chartfinderp. 46
Symptom-by-symptom chartfinderp. 48
Charts for Childrenp. 49
Contentsp. 49
Children: babies under onep. 50
1 Sleeping problems in babiesp. 50
2 Excessive cryingp. 52
3 Fever in babiesp. 54
4 Vomiting in babiesp. 56
5 Diarrhea in babiesp. 58
6 Feeding problemsp. 60
7 Slow weight gainp. 62
8 Skin problems in babiesp. 64
Children: all agesp. 66
9 Feeling sickp. 66
10 Fatiguep. 68
11 Sleeping problems in childrenp. 70
12 Growth problemsp. 72
13 Excessive weight gainp. 74
14 Fever in childrenp. 76
15 Rash with feverp. 78
16 Skin problems in childrenp. 80
17 Hair, scalp, and nail problemsp. 82
18 Itchingp. 84
19 Lumps and swellingsp. 85
20 Dizziness, fainting, and seizuresp. 86
21 Headachep. 88
22 Confusion and/or drowsinessp. 90
23 Clumsinessp. 92
24 Speech difficultiesp. 93
25 Behavior problemsp. 94
26 School difficultiesp. 96
27 Eye problemsp. 98
28 Disturbed or impaired visionp. 100
29 Painful or irritated earp. 102
30 Hearing problemsp. 104
31 Runny or blocked nosep. 106
32 Sore throatp. 107
33 Coughingp. 108
34 Breathing problemsp. 110
35 Mouth problemsp. 112
36 Teeth problemsp. 114
37 Eating problemsp. 116
38 Vomiting in childrenp. 118
39 Abdominal painp. 120
40 Diarrhea in childrenp. 122
41 Constipationp. 124
42 Abnormal-looking stoolsp. 125
43 Urinary problemsp. 126
44 Toilet-training problemsp. 128
45 Genital problems in boysp. 130
46 Genital problems in girlsp. 132
47 Painful arm or legp. 133
48 Joint and back problemsp. 134
49 Foot problemsp. 136
50 Limpingp. 138
Children: adolescentsp. 139
51 Adolescent weight problemsp. 139
52 Adolescent behavior problemsp. 140
53 Problems with puberty in boysp. 142
54 Problems with puberty in girlsp. 143
55 Adolescent skin problemsp. 144
General charts for adultsp. 145
Contentsp. 145
56 Feeling sickp. 146
57 Fatiguep. 147
58 Loss of weightp. 148
59 Overweightp. 150
60 Difficulty sleepingp. 152
61 Feverp. 154
62 Excessive sweatingp. 156
63 Headachep. 158
64 Feeling faint and passing outp. 160
65 Dizzinessp. 162
66 Numbness and/or tinglingp. 163
67 Forgetfulness and/or confusionp. 164
68 Twitching and/or tremblingp. 166
69 Pain in the facep. 167
70 Difficulty speakingp. 168
71 Disturbing thoughts and feelingsp. 169
72 Depressionp. 170
73 Anxietyp. 172
74 Lumps and swellingsp. 174
75 Itchingp. 175
76 Hair and scalp problemsp. 176
77 General skin problemsp. 178
78 Skin problems affecting the facep. 180
79 Skin discoloration and molesp. 182
80 Rash with feverp. 184
81 Nail problemsp. 185
82 Painful or irritated eyep. 186
83 Disturbed or impaired visionp. 188
84 Hearing problemsp. 190
85 Noises in the earp. 192
86 Earachep. 193
87 Runny or blocked nosep. 194
88 Sore throatp. 195
89 Hoarseness or loss of voicep. 196
90 Wheezingp. 197
91 Coughingp. 198
92 Shortness of breathp. 200
93 Chest painp. 202
94 Palpitationsp. 204
95 Teeth problemsp. 206
96 Mouth problemsp. 208
97 Difficulty swallowingp. 209
98 Vomitingp. 210
99 Recurrent vomitingp. 212
100 Abdominal painp. 214
101 Recurrent abdominal painp. 216
102 Swollen abdomenp. 218
103 Gasp. 219
104 Diarrheap. 220
105 Constipationp. 221
106 Abnormal-looking stoolsp. 222
107 Anal problemsp. 223
108 General urinary problemsp. 224
109 Painful urinationp. 226
110 Painful jointsp. 228
111 Painful shoulderp. 230
112 Painful armp. 231
113 Painful legp. 232
114 Painful kneep. 234
115 Swollen anklesp. 235
116 Foot problemsp. 236
117 Back painp. 238
118 Painful or stiff neckp. 240
Charts for Menp. 241
Contentsp. 241
119 Bladder control problems in menp. 242
120 Problems with the penisp. 244
121 Erection difficultiesp. 246
122 Ejaculation problemsp. 247
123 Testes and scrotum problemsp. 248
124 Painful intercourse in menp. 249
125 Low sex drive in menp. 250
126 Fertility problems in menp. 252
127 Contraception choices for menp. 254
Charts for Womenp. 255
Contentsp. 255
128 Breast problemsp. 256
129 Bladder control problems in womenp. 258
130 Absent menstrual periodsp. 260
131 Heavy menstrual periodsp. 262
132 Painful menstrual periodsp. 263
133 Irregular vaginal bleedingp. 264
134 Abnormal vaginal dischargep. 266
135 Genital irritationp. 268
136 Lower abdominal pain in womenp. 269
137 Painful intercourse in womenp. 270
138 Low sex drive in womenp. 272
139 Fertility problems in womenp. 274
140 Contraception choices for womenp. 276
141 Nausea and vomiting during pregnancyp. 278
142 Weight problems and pregnancyp. 279
143 Vaginal bleeding during pregnancyp. 280
144 Abdominal pain in pregnancyp. 281
145 Skin changes during pregnancyp. 282
146 Swollen ankles during pregnancyp. 283
147 Back pain during pregnancyp. 284
148 Recognizing the onset of laborp. 285
149 Breast problems and pregnancyp. 286
150 Depression after childbirthp. 288
First Aidp. 289
First Aidp. 290
ABC of resuscitationp. 290
Action in an emergencyp. 291
Recovery positionp. 292
Artificial respirationp. 293
Chokingp. 294
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)p. 296
Shockp. 298
Anaphylactic shockp. 298
Severe bleedingp. 299
Severe burnsp. 299
Unconsciousnessp. 300
Major seizuresp. 300
Spinal injuryp. 301
Fracturesp. 301
Swallowed poisonsp. 302
Bites and stingsp. 302
Drug Guide and Useful Addressesp. 303
Drug Guidep. 304
How drugs affect youp. 304
Using drugs safelyp. 304
A-Z of drugsp. 305
Useful addressesp. 311
Index & acknowledgmentsp. 314