Take Care of Yourself: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Medical Self-Care

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This is the world's bestselling health guide, and the only one that has been found to help reduce visits to the doctor. "Take Care of Yourself" is easy to use, even in a crisis. Simply look up a symptom in one of the chapters listed at the left. You'll find a complete explanation of likely causes and how you might relieve that problem at home. Diagrams will help you recognize problems and, in many cases, treat them quickly and easily. Easy-to-follow decision charts tell you exactly when to see a doctor. This book...
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Overview

This is the world's bestselling health guide, and the only one that has been found to help reduce visits to the doctor. "Take Care of Yourself" is easy to use, even in a crisis. Simply look up a symptom in one of the chapters listed at the left. You'll find a complete explanation of likely causes and how you might relieve that problem at home. Diagrams will help you recognize problems and, in many cases, treat them quickly and easily. Easy-to-follow decision charts tell you exactly when to see a doctor. This book also covers emergencies, how to avoid health problems, what to keep in a home pharmacy, and how to work best with your doctor.

"...contains charts, tables, and diagrams that explain how to determine whether to treat problems at home or see a doctor."

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Women’s Health, 4/09
“To make playing nurse a cinch, check out the newly updated version of Take Care of Yourself…Whether you sprained your ankle or found a tick bite, you’ll find the right treatment, plus advice on when to call your doctor or get to the ER.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738203065
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Donald M. Vickery, MD, helped develop the first medical decision charts for non-doctors. Head of the nonprofit Self-Care Institute, he lives in Evergreen, Colorado.

James F. Fries, MD, is Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, at Stanford University. He lives in Woodside, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I The Habit of Health 1
Ch. 1 Avoiding Illness: Your Master Plans for Health 2
The Nature of Major Illness
Avoiding Possibly Fatal Disease
The Limits of Prevention
Avoiding Non-Fatal Disease
Preventing Surgery
Avoiding Problems of Aging
Principal Principles
Avoiding AIDS and Other Infections
Ch. 2 A Pound of Prevention: Five Keys to Health 33
Exercise
Diet and Nutrition
Smoking
Alcohol
Obesity
Other Health Habits
Ch. 3 Professional Prevention 52
The Myths of the Annual Checkup
Early Treatment
Immunizations
Health-Risk Appraisal
Summary
Pt. II Working with Your Doctors 61
Ch. 4 Finding the Right Doctor 62
The Family Doctor
The Specialists
The Subspecialists
Paying the Bill
Managed Care
Types of Medical Plans
Which Doctor Is Right for You?
Technical Skills
Effects of the Doctor Surplus
How to Detect Poor Medical Service
Ch. 5 Working with Your Doctor 76
The Medical History: Telling It Like It Is
Learn to Observe Yourself
Choosing a Course of Treatment
Ch. 6 Choosing the Right Medical Facility 87
Hospitals
Know When to Use the Hospital
Emergency Rooms
Other Medical Facilities
The Marketing of Medical Services
Ch. 7 Avoiding Medical Fraud 94
What Is the Motive?
What Are the Promises and Claims?
Do Experts Use the Service?
Does the Proposed Service Make Sense?
Three Examples: Obesity, Arthritis, Cancer
Pt. III Managing Your Medicines 101
Ch. 8 Reducing Medication Costs 102
Your Doctor Can Save You Money on Drugs
Reducing Costs at the Pharmacy
Eliminating Some Drug Costs
Ch. 9 The Home Pharmacy 106
For Allergy
For Colds and Coughs
For Constipation
For Dental Care
For Diarrhea
For Eye Irritations
For Hemorrhoids
For Pain and Fever: Adults
For Pain and Fever: Children
For Poisoning
For Skin Dryness
For Skin Rashes
For Skin Fungus
For Sunburn Prevention
For Sprains
For Upset Stomach
For Warts
For Wounds (Minor)
For Vitamin Deficiency
Pt. IV The Patient and the Common Complaint: Specific Advice for 120 Problems 139
Ch. A How to Use Part IV 140
Ch. B Emergencies 144
When to Call an Ambulance
Emergency Signs
Choking
Ch. C Poisons 152
Poisoning
Ch. D Common Injuries 155
Cuts (Lacerations)
Puncture Wounds
Animal Bites
Scrapes and Abrasions
Tetanus Shots
Broken Bone?
Ankle Injuries
Knee Injuries
Arm Injuries
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2003

    very helpful

    This book is a great alternative guide for those who don't have medical insurance. I would advise anyone to keep a copy around the house.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2003

    Save Money!

    This book is great! I have used this book hundreds of times, and it has helped me tremendously! This book is now my # 1 pick for my friends and new moms. Now I know when to go to the doctor or the hospital, and when I can stay home and 'Take care of myself'!

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