Doctor in the House: Your Best Guide to Effective Medical Self-Care / Edition 1

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Doctor in the House is the first home health handbook to provide quick, clear, and informative answers to the routine-and not so routine-medical problems that you and your family encounter in everyday life.

Dr. Harbert, who contributed health articles to Family Circle magazine for several years, presents medical ideas and facts in a plainspoken, accessible style that will empower you to take charge of your health. He teaches you how to diagnose your medical problems and describes the symptoms, treatment, prognosis, and prevention of over 425 diseases and conditions. Whenever possible he recommends simple methods and medicines, and tells you frankly when to seek professional medical help.

Doctor in the House also covers first aid and emergency techniques, provides over fifty "focus boxes" that highlight practical information critical to managing your medical problems, and supplies contact information (many with telephone numbers) for numerous support and health advocacy groups. Also included are sample copies of a legally enforceable living will, a medical directive, and a durable power of attorney.

With Dr. John C. Harbert's Doctor in the House, you will find the real medical understanding and help that are the first steps to good health, long life, and fewer medical bills!

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
MED Although this guidebook purportedly contains ``richly detailed descriptions'' of medical problems, a closer examination shows that, for instance, the notation on Brown Recluse spider bites fails to give a complete listing of symptoms, has no spider description, and offers briefer treatment advice than other sources. No emergency measures are provided for scorpion stings, nor are special precautions given for children. A glaring error on page one states that ``emergency rooms do not have access to your records''; in fact, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals requires that all medical records be readily accessible. There is a commonsense approach toward diet, but overall advice is superficial and cursory. In addition, much of the information provided here is not new; the arrangement is often confusing, and there's no section referring to medical problems facing the elderly. Not recommended.-- Catherine Greene, Bethesda Memorial Hosp. Lib., Boynton Beach, Fla.
From the Publisher
I'm impressed with [Dr.] Harbert's book...very's a superior work.-Mark Washburn, The Miami Herald
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896032194
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/7/1994
  • Edition description: 1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
Taking Charge of Your Health 1
First Aid 57
Your Nervous System and Its Disorders 93
Your Eyes 125
Your Ears 145
Your Endocrine Glands and Their Disorders 161
Your Heart and Circulation 175
Your Respiratory System 229
Your Mouth, Throat, and Gastrointestinal System 267
Your Urinary Tract 327
Women's Medical Problems 337
Men's Medical Problems 375
Sexually Transmitted Diseases 389
Your Musculoskeletal System and Its Disorders 405
Your Skin, Hair, and Nails 437
Appendix 1: Smoking 487
Appendix 2: Drug Names and Their Generic Equivalents 496
Index 502
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