A-Z Common Symptom Answer Guide

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Your family's first line of defense!

Provides expert medical advice on more than 100 common signs, symptoms, and problem areas-A-Z Common Symptom Answer Guide is a wonderful addition to your medical reference library!

Can you describe what your symptoms look and feel like-but not know what they mean? Written by an experienced team of physicians and nurses, this handy guide answers your questions before you go to the doctor.

A-Z Common Symptom Answer Guide gives you--

  • A toolkit for matching your signs and symptoms to possible causes.
  • A renowned medical team's advice on symptoms from allergies to vomiting blood to irritability in children.
  • Expert tips on relieving symptoms and helping yourself heal.
  • What to avoid and what could make your condition worse.
  • The questions your doctor will ask.
  • Alphabetical listing of common symptoms for easy reference.
  • A glossary of medical terms you may not know
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071416184
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/13/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 0.55 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John H. Wasson, MD, Professor of Clinical Community and Family Medicine and Medicine, Herman O. West Chair of Geriatrics, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, New Hampshire

B. Timothy Walsh, MD, William and Joy Ruane Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York

Mary C. LaBrecque, BSN, ARNP, Instructor in Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, New Hampshire

Harold C. Sox, Jr, MD, Joseph M. Huber Professor and Chair of Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, New Hampshire

Robert Pantell, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Director, Division of General Pediatrics, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Ivan Oransky, MD, Editor in Chief, Praxis Post (online biweekly magazine of medicine for physicians and consumers) and freelance writer/editor, New York, New York
Dr. Oransky, an experienced freelance medical writer, will recast The Common Symptom Guide for the consumer market. In addition to editing Lange’s Review of Psychiatry, Dr. Oransky contributes articles to consumer publications and websites including the Boston Globe, USA Today, and Reuters consumer health care.

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Table of Contents

Abdominal pain (adult) 1
Abdominal pain (child) 5
Allergic symptoms 9
Anus problems 11
Back pain 13
Bed wetting (child) 17
Blackouts 19
Bloating 21
Blood in stool 23
Breast problems 26
Breathing problems (adult) 29
Breathing problems (child) 33
Bruising and bleeding tendencies 36
Burns 38
Chest pain 40
Confusion 45
Constipation (adult) 47
Constipation (child) 49
Convulsions (seizures) 51
Cough 54
Cuts and scrapes 58
Depression, suicidal thoughts, or anxiety 59
Diaper problems 61
Diarrhea 63
Difficulty swallowing 68
Dizziness 71
Ear problems 74
Excessive drinking (water) 77
Eye problems 80
Facial pain 86
Fever 88
Foot or ankle pain 92
Frostbite 95
Gait-coordination problems 96
Groin pain 99
Hair problems 101
Hand, wrist, or arm problems 103
Head injury 107
Headache 109
Heart pounding 113
Heartburn 115
Heat stroke 117
Heavy drinking (alcohol) 119
Hiccough 121
Hoarseness 123
Injury (including back injury/pain) 125
Irritability (child) 131
Joint pain 133
Loss of consciousness 139
Menstrual cramps 143
Mental delays (child) 145
Mouth trouble 147
Muscle weakness 151
Nail problems 154
Nausea and vomiting (adult) 157
Nausea and vomiting (child) 161
Neck problems 164
Numbness, loss of movement, or trouble talking 166
Overdose or poisoning 169
Overeating 171
Poor appetite 173
Pregnancy 175
Sexual problems and inability to conceive 177
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) 180
Shakiness 182
Skin problems 185
Sleep problems 189
Small baby 191
Swelling 193
Testicle problems 196
Urine problems 199
Vaginal bleeding problems 202
Vaginal discharge 204
Weakness 206
Yellow skin 208
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