The Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Edition / Edition 2

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2003 Hard cover 2nd ed. New. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 1900 p. Contains: Illustrations. Merck Manual Home Health Handbook. Audience: General/trade.

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You don't need a lot of medical jargon when it comes to understanding a diagnosis, but you do need accurate, detailed information from sources of the highest quality. This book provides just that: clear, concise descriptions of physical disease, mental disorders, surgical recovery, rehabilitation of all kinds, and even nutrition, all worded in a way a patient can understand. Considering that the big brother of this book is the essential resource at your doctor's elbow, it makes sense to have a Merck Manual on your shelf, too.
Publishers Weekly
The second edition of this very valuable resource has all the attributes of the first. Written for the layperson, articles are clear, comprehensive and detailed. There are excellent charts and illustrations to further make the material more understandable. Almost every conceivable medical condition is covered, with additional chapters that highlight women's, men's and children's health issues; specific information is also provided on the aging body. According to the editors, the content has been expanded to cover medical treatments or advances that have occurred since 1997, when the first edition was published. The editors have included new drug options for HIV-positive patients, as well as a section on herbal supplements and their possible interactions with prescribed medications. Although the emphasis is on traditional medicine, there is an objective article on complementary and alternative medicine. Two appendices-"Drug Names: Generic and Trade" and "Resources for Help and Information"-will be particularly helpful to medical consumers. In addition, advice is given on preventative measures, such as the value of exercise and proper nutrition. An excellent resource for any home. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The first edition of this highly acclaimed consumer health guide was published in 1997. The second edition is, as the preface states, "more than a revision," with every topic updated and new ones added (such as communications with healthcare providers, diseases of unknown cause, and "Special Subjects," including travel and health). There are also more illustrations, such as "A Look Inside the Ear" in the chapter "Biology of the Ears, Nose and Throat," which are clearly rendered and well captioned. Like the first edition, this volume is based on The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, now in its 17th edition. Contributors include some nationally known names, such as gynecologic oncologist Hervy Averett and infectious disease specialist Paul D. Hoeprich. The arrangement is the same as the first edition, with major sections on drugs and disorders of body systems (e.g., lung, brain, and blood), but the text has been rewritten in an easier-to-read style. Unfortunately, the consequence is the deletion of some of the slightly more scientific and complex phraseology. In addition, some information has been moved or deleted. For example, though both editions include an illustration of a beef tapeworm in the chapter "Parasitic Infections," the first edition featured sections for beef, pork, and fish tapeworms, while the second does not. The chapter "Pinworms" has been moved from "Disorders Likely Caused by Infection" in the first edition to "Parasitic Infections" in the second. The name of the first edition's chapter "Sebaceous Gland Disorders" has been changed to "Acne" in the second, with the addition of a readable chart, "Drugs Used To Treat Acne." One of the four appendixes lists trade names of generic drugs, while another provides a list of resources, including full contact information and URLs. Because of its very modest price, as well as its proven track record of excellence, this is a book that every public, school, or consumer health library, regardless of size, would be happy to have in its reference and/or circulating collection. As of the time of writing this review, the first edition was freely available online at (although as the editors note, much of its information is out-of-date), with "limited sections" of the second edition being made accessible each month. Apparently, the full text of the second edition will also be freely available at some point.-Martha E. Stone, Massachusetts General Hosp. Lib., Boston Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780911910353
  • Publisher: Merck
  • Publication date: 4/29/2003
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1900
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 2.00 (d)

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    excellent content

    I am blind in one eye----I had paperback version very hard to read This hardback is wonderful recommended for any one who wants to know about health problems Be in the know Everything is written in laymans language Easy to understand even though it is medically oriented

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Medical knowledge easy to research & understand. Every house should have one.

    As a retired nurse I found this book an easy way to update my own medical knowledge. The format was comprehensive & well laid out making research fast & easy. The simple language was helpful in dealing with many questions from family & friends. In fact I have given a copy to all my grown children so that they do not have to go online, print etc. However, this Manual should not replace professional advice & treatment but an be used to know when to call your doctor or to prepare for an informed conversation on your next medical appointment.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    My mom asked me to get her this...

    and she is delighted. She does not get on the internet, so this is a great reference for her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2005

    You own mini-medical library!!

    Based on the medical classic 'Merck Manual' this version is written for specifically for the layperson. I like to think of it as a mini-medical library with a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips. A great resource for all, I give it 5 stars easy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2004

    Small Size, go for the bigger $13.00 Book

    We've enjoyed this book in the $13.00, larger Paperback Version. I didn't realize this was a much smaller book size, with the lettering smaller and not as nice to read and keep open to pages. It's the small popular paperback book size. There are no dimensions given to show the difference between the 2 books that look exactly the same in the listings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2003

    All of the medical information you could need.

    The Merck Manual has been one of the most useful reference books in our family. With children and aging parents, and various health concerns of our own, my spouse and I both find that this book gives detailed information but in a manner that we can understand. A definate must for anyone interested in understanding their family and their own health issues.

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