Diagnosing Your Health Symptoms For Dummies

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A top-to-toe check up in minutes

Whether you're concerned about a cough or anxious about lumps and bumps, this family health bible gives you all the information you need to make informed decisions about your health. With practical and reassuring advice from an experienced GP, this book is packed with info on over a hundred worrying symptoms and ailments. Covering everything from basic physical assessments and first aid procedures to advice on spotting both mental and physical ...

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Overview

A top-to-toe check up in minutes

Whether you're concerned about a cough or anxious about lumps and bumps, this family health bible gives you all the information you need to make informed decisions about your health. With practical and reassuring advice from an experienced GP, this book is packed with info on over a hundred worrying symptoms and ailments. Covering everything from basic physical assessments and first aid procedures to advice on spotting both mental and physical health problems, this book is your one-stop guide to family health.

  • Assess troubling health symptoms – discover how to perform a symptom check and find out what to do next
  • Deal with emergencies and general ill health – find out which symptoms need immediate attention and discover the truth about all-over symptoms like fatigue and dizziness
  • Heads, shoulders, knees and toes – analyse rashes, get to the bottom of headaches and understand symptoms in the chest, stomach and beyond
  • Good health for everyone! – monitor your children's health issues at every age and deal with specific problems in men, women and the elderly
  • Spot mental health problems – learn how to recognise and tackle anxiety, depression, stress and addiction

Open the book and find:

  • How to spot signs of illness
  • Key medical gadgets to keep at home
  • How to respond to heart attacks and other medical emergencies
  • Common baby and toddler health complaints
  • Advice on over-the-counter medicines for home treatment
  • When to see a GP or call the NHS
  • Guidance on medical tests you may need
  • Over 20 colour photos to help you diagnose common health conditions

Learn to:

  • Assess your family's medical symptoms and discover which steps to take next
  • Differentiate between conditions you can treat at home and those which need medical attention
  • Perform basic health checks and first aid procedures
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470660966
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/15/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 454
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Knut Schroeder MD MSc PhD MRCP FRCGP CertMedEd is an experienced family doctor and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in General Practice. He holds a degree in Medical Education and has had papers published in international peer-reviewed journals and articles in the GP press.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Spotting and Assessing Illness: The Basics.

Chapter 1: Understanding Your Health Problems.

Chapter 2: Conducting a Symptom Check.

Chapter 3: Looking Out for Signs of Illness.

Chapter 4: Managing Your Health Problems.

Part II: Looking at Emergencies and 'All-Over' Symptoms.

Chapter 5: Coping With Medical Emergencies.

Chapter 6: Approaching Non-Specifi c Symptoms.

Chapter 7: Covering Symptoms that Affect Your Wider Body.

Part III: Going From Top to Toe: Looking at Specific Areas of the Body.

Chapter 8: Sussing Out Skin Problems.

Chapter 9: Trouble at the Top: Head Symptoms and Problems with the Senses.

Chapter 10: Exploring Chest Problems.

Chapter 11: Untangling Tummy and Bowel Problems.

Chapter 12: Getting Lower: Urinary and Other Disturbances 'Down There'.

Chapter 13: Groaning Bones and Moaning Muscles.

Part IV: Dealing with Health Problems in Specific Groups.

Chapter 14: Spotting Illness in Your Newborn, Infant or Toddler.

Chapter 15: Assessing Illness in Your Pre-School Child.

Chapter 16: Identifying Health Problems in Your School-Age Children.

Chapter 17: Dealing With Teenage Health Troubles.

Chapter 18: Understanding Women's Troubles.

Chapter 19: Looking at Men's Issues.

Chapter 20: Dealing with Health Problems in Later Life.

Part V: Approaching Mental Health Problems and Addictive Behaviour.

Chapter 21: Tackling Depression, Stress and Anxiety.

Chapter 22: Considering Unusual Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviour.

Chapter 23: Addressing Addictive Behaviour and Substance Misuse.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 24: Ten (okay, Nine) Things to Know About First Aid.

Chapter 25: Ten Reliable Websites and Helplines.

Chapter 26: Ten Medical Tests You May Need.

Index.

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