The American Medical Association Family Medical Guide

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The American Medical Association is the nation's premier health authority -- an organization that both patients and doctors look to for state-of-the-art medical information and guidance. Now, for the first time in 10 years, the AMA has updated its landmark medical reference -- a book that belongs in every home. This new edition of the American Medical Association Family Medical Guide has been thoroughly revised to bring it up to date and make it more accessible than ever before. Opening with a brand-new ...
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Overview

The American Medical Association is the nation's premier health authority -- an organization that both patients and doctors look to for state-of-the-art medical information and guidance. Now, for the first time in 10 years, the AMA has updated its landmark medical reference -- a book that belongs in every home. This new edition of the American Medical Association Family Medical Guide has been thoroughly revised to bring it up to date and make it more accessible than ever before. Opening with a brand-new full-color section that walks you through key health issues, it follows with several new and expanded sections on everything from staying healthy and providing first aid and home care to diagnosing symptoms and treating hundreds of different diseases and disorders. This classic guide is the definitive home health reference for the twenty-first century -- an indispensable book to keep you and your loved ones healthy.

The American Medical Association is the nation's premier health authority -- the organization both patients and doctors look to for state-of-the-art medical information and guidance. Since its first publication in 1982, the American Medical Association Family Medical Guide has been the gold standard of home medical references for American families. The book's first three editions have sold well in excess of 2 million copies. Now, with this updated Fourth Edition, the nation's #1 health authority has completely revised its flagship guide for the first time in a decade.

This major, long-awaited revision -- almost 50 percent longer than the previous edition -- is brimming with up-to-date information and new features that make the book even easier to use. It offers authoritative guidance on hundreds of diseases as well as the latest tests, treatments, procedures, and drugs, and it provides new or greatly expanded coverage of weight loss, preventive health, infertility, pregnancy and childbirth, learning disabilities, genetic testing, home caregiving, and first aid, among other topics. It includes revised symptoms flowcharts, helpful Q&As, first-person case histories, 64 full-color pages including spreads on important health topics, and hundreds of new illustrations and photographs. The guide is divided into six user-friendly sections:

Part One: What You Should Know: Information to Keep You Healthy is a new fourcolor 32-page section that highlights the most important health issues including heart disease, cancer, osteoarthritis, and nutrition; provides tips for quitting smoking and staying healthy as you age; and presents a fully illustrated primer on genetics.

Part Two: Your Healthy Body features new chapters on topics such as diet and health, exercise and fitness, losing weight, reducing stress, staying safe, preventing violence, and complementary and alternative medicine. There's also a full-color section on preventive health care.

Part Three: First Aid and Home Caregiving describes first-aid techniques and procedures and gives step-by-step advice on how to provide quality home care for a family member who is ill, disabled, or recovering from surgery.

Part Four: What Are Your Symptoms? features a revised version of the AMA's highly popular diagnostic flowcharts, which guide you from specific symptoms through a series of questions to help you decide whether to treat yourself, make a doctor's appointment, or get immediate medical attention.

Part Five: Health Issues Throughout Life is an all-new section that covers children's health, adolescent health, sexuality, infertility, pregnancy and childbirth, and dying and death.

Part Six: Diseases, Disorders, and Other Problems covers all the body systems, featuring essential advice on hundreds of disorders of the heart and circulation, the brain and nervous system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the immune system, the urinary tract, and the male and female reproductive systems. This part also covers hormonal disorders; emotional and mental health; cosmetic surgery; infections; behavioral disorders; genetic disorders; disorders of the bones, muscles, and joints; and problems with the ears, eyes, skin, and teeth.

Complete with descriptions of the 200 most frequently prescribed drugs and a glossary of common medical terms, the American Medical Association Family Medical Guide is an essential health reference every family needs.

A revised edition of America's landmark home medical reference work. More than 1,350 photographs, drawings and diagrams.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Medical "bibles" go out of date quickly. Diseases don't change, but our understanding of them does. So a new volume of a standard guide for the nonphysician is certainly welcome. What's perhaps most gratifying about this updated reference is that, based on new understanding of how much regular people can do to keep body and mind whole, it advises readers to take an active approach. For those already suffering a particular medical condition-and the book covers a great deal of territory, from blood to heart to brain diseases-this volume will serve as a source of real understanding. Armed with the basics, patients may be less embarrassed to ask more of their physicians or surgeons. The authors acknowledge the benefits of yoga and meditation (which they call the relaxation response) and offer a rundown of homeopathic medicine. Other new additions include expanded coverage of genetic testing, learning disabilities, ADD and stem cell transplants. The authors discuss sexually transmitted diseases, sexual orientation, contraception and abortion with forthrightness. Self-help charts that will supposedly lead readers from symptom to diagnosis are a kind of maze game and will keep hypochondriacs busy for hours. This is a well-organized volume, considering the amount of information it covers. By educating patients, the book may be as much a help to physicians as it is to their charges. Photos, illus. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Much has changed since the third edition of this family guide was published ten years ago; this new volume is 50 percent longer, and 90 percent of its material is new. Overseen by an editorial board of physicians, dentists, fitness specialists, and therapists, the guide is divided into six sections, beginning with an all-new, full-color chapter on current health issues such as stress, weight control, genetics, and terrorism. Part 2, which deals with preventative medicine, includes a 32-page section of color plates illustrating anatomy, common medical conditions, and diagnostic imaging. Part 3 covers emergency situations and home care giving issues. Part 4 features a series of symptom flowcharts that help readers decide when to call a physician, go to the emergency room, or care for a problem at home. In Part 5, there are new chapters on children's health, adolescent health, sexuality, infertility, pregnancy and childbirth, and death and dying. Part 6, the bulk of the book, is devoted to diseases and conditions. Arranged by organ systems, the guide provides the names of the disease, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, and prevention. New to this edition is information about dental health and cosmetic surgery. Besides a general glossary, there is a glossary of the most frequently prescribed classes of drugs. Unfortunately, the list of drugs by generic name lacks cross references to brand names, which may be confusing for users unfamiliar with the generic name of the drug that they have been prescribed. Bottom Line While a very nice update, this fourth edition covers much of the same material as last year's The American Medical Association Complete Medical Encyclopedia, albeit in a more concise form. Libraries already owning that work do not need to purchase this one unless they want a circulating copy.-Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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For more than 150 years, the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION has been the leading group of medical experts in the United States and one of the most respected health-related organizations in the world. Its publications include the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) as well as popular patient guidebooks such as the American Medical Association Complete Guide to Men’s Health, American Medical Association Guide to Home Caregiving, and American Medical Association Guide to Talking to Your Doctor, all from Wiley.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 What you should know : information to keep you healthy 1
Pt. 2 Your healthy body 33
1 Diet and health 35
2 Exercise, fitness, and health 45
3 A healthy weight 51
4 Reducing stress 55
5 Staying safe 61
6 Preventing violence 79
7 Complementary and alternative medicine 85
8 Preventive health care 129
Pt. 3 First aid and home caregiving 151
1 First aid 153
2 Home caregiving 181
Pt. 4 What are your symptoms? 201
Pt. 5 Health issues throughout life 371
1 Children's health 373
2 Adolescent health 447
3 Sexuality 465
4 Infertility 493
5 Pregnancy and childbirth 503
6 Dying and death 543
Pt. 6 Diseases, disorders, and other problems 553
1 Disorders of the heart and circulation 555
2 Blood disorders 609
3 Disorders of the respiratory system 631
4 Disorders of the brain and nervous system 665
5 Behavioral, emotional, and mental disorders 709
6 Disorders of the digestive system 741
7 Disorders of the urinary tract 801
8 Disorders of the male reproductive system 823
9 Disorders of the female reproductive system 843
10 Hormonal disorders 883
11 Disorders of the immune system 907
12 Infections and infestations 933
13 Genetic disorders 951
14 Disorders of the bones, muscles, and joints 975
15 Disorders of the ear 1011
16 Eye disorders 1027
17 Disorders of the skin, hair, and nails 1057
18 Cosmetic surgery 1079
19 Teeth and gums 1099
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