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LA TimesThe only problem with the Johns Hopkins Family Health Book is it's so large that pulling it off your bookshelf to read it can take a lot of effort.
In all seriousness, this book is all that most families will need to handle their questions and problems on health. Since every family should have a comprehensive health guide, this would make a nice gift to newlyweds or new parents. This guide goes beyond previous comprehensive health guides--many of which are well done. The Johns Hopkins guide, however, emphasizes wellness and prevention to the extent of including sections on various types of sports activities and a list of tips to make hiking and camping safe.
Indeed, the hallmark of this guide is the attention to detail. For instance, a discussion on teen pregnancy and sexuality contains a page titled "For Young Men: Understanding When Sex Is Really Rape."
Of the six major sections in the book, only one focuses on disorders, which has been the emphasis of traditional consumer health books. This guide also puts an emphasis on consumer issues, such as including a list of all National Cancer Institute-supported cancer centers. Despite the book's size, it's easy to find specific information. However, some people will find the Johns Hopkins guide engrossing enough to start at Page 1 and just keep reading.