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

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The world’s bestselling health guide offers new material on the most recent critical health issues such as obesity, as well as additional new and updated information.

Covering over 175 healthcare problems and symptoms, Take Care of Yourself is simple to use. Readers can look up their symptoms to locate an explanation of likely causes and possible home remedies, while diagrams show how to recognize problems and treat them, and decision charts advise when it’s time to see a ...

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Overview

The world’s bestselling health guide offers new material on the most recent critical health issues such as obesity, as well as additional new and updated information.

Covering over 175 healthcare problems and symptoms, Take Care of Yourself is simple to use. Readers can look up their symptoms to locate an explanation of likely causes and possible home remedies, while diagrams show how to recognize problems and treat them, and decision charts advise when it’s time to see a doctor. This comprehensive guide also covers emergencies, the 20 things everyone should keep in a home pharmacy, and how to work best with a 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738213484
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/4/2009
  • Edition description: Ninth Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 270,687
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 0.83 (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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  • Posted June 30, 2014

    A Wonderful Resource

    An easy to use resource for what ails you. The Harvard School of Medicine Family Health Guide is much more comprehensive, but do you need to have a full background on your health matter or just a straight forward answer? I have both books but use Take Care. of Yourself most often.

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