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Publishers WeeklyIn 1997, Merck introduced their first medical manual intended for a general audience, rather than health professionals. In this third edition, they address a readership that "now has access to a depth and breadth of medical information" but who still need an accessible "starting point." An editorial board of 207 medical experts contributes to this comprehensive overview of medical practice today, with a special focus on geriatric medicine (including a chapter devoted to enhancing the quality of end-of-life care for patient, care-giver, friends and family). Three chapters of a 30-chapter look at children's health issues cover the care of newborns. Elsewhere, Porter and company urge patients to become proactive in their health care, suggesting ways to prepare for a first appointment with a new doctor and scattering practical tips throughout on issues like drug use during pregnancy and contraindication. Charts and illustrations aid the book's accessibility, making it Merck's most authoritative and easy-to-read home medical guide yet.
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