Your Good Health

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Your doctor is the second most important person taking care of your health. You're the first. This book was written so that you can do a better job, without going to medical school. It is designed to help you sort out the vital health information you need--what to consider, what to ignore, what to worry about, what to forget.

Deciding how to take care of a pain, an injury, a fever--and whether to call in expert advice--is not always an easy task. Knowing how to prevent disease ...

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Overview

Your doctor is the second most important person taking care of your health. You're the first. This book was written so that you can do a better job, without going to medical school. It is designed to help you sort out the vital health information you need--what to consider, what to ignore, what to worry about, what to forget.

Deciding how to take care of a pain, an injury, a fever--and whether to call in expert advice--is not always an easy task. Knowing how to prevent disease can be even harder: Will I really live longer and feel better if I cut down on dietary fat, or alcohol, or overwork? The main focus of this book is on prevention: habits you can modify, choices you can make in daily life. Good choices do make a difference. The life expectancy of American adults has been increasing, and it is quite clear that professional medical care is not the only reason people are living longer.

But when you do call in the professionals, this book will guide you in asking the right questions about your diagnosis and treatment. When medical decisions must be made, you can be an active partner in making them.

The doctors who wrote this book have made some fundamental assumptions about their readers: they are people who want to make their own choices about their health, based on the best possible evidence; they want straightforward information unencumbered with excessive detail; when they talk with their physician, they want to ask intelligent questions and understand the answers; they want to live a long life, but also enjoy it along the way; and they want to see "the big picture"--how their personal health is affected by environmental and social forces.

This book is designed to help readers sort out the vital health information they need--what to consider, what to ignore, what to worry about, what to forget--so they can do a better job, without going to medical school. 29 line illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Hospital Physician
This guidebook to a sensible, healthy life-style is not an encyclopedia of medical disease; rather its main focus is useful information to help the reader make informed choices for a healthier life...The editors provide a wealth of diverse information: tips for preventing osteoporosis, insomnia, hypertension, wrinkles, hemorrhoids, and backaches. They offer methods of diagnosis and treatment of infertility, glaucoma, impotence, migraines, premenstrual syndrome, and other medical conditions. Chapters are devoted to the basics of fitness, nutrition, and weight control; recreational drugs, from caffeine to cocaine; and environmental factors influencing well-being... Discussed are new medical discoveries--e.g., cholesterol-lowering drugs, antibalding agents, dental implants, improved birth-control pills.
New York Times Book Review

The folks who bring us the monthly Harvard Medical School Health Letter have gathered their wisdom into a highly readable and at times wry book which avoids pat answers and shows us how to make a reasoned response to things that trouble us—gas, panic attacks, overweight, high cholesterol, or where to get the best cancer therapy. It is refreshingly nondogmatic about conditions for which medical therapies are no more successful than home remedies...The book emphasizes everyday miseries over the rare or gruesome, but its scope is broad...Readers will gain confidence in their ability to mantain their well-being without expensive gadgets and extreme habits in the gym or at the table.
— Yvonne Baskin

Forbes

The authors are, respectively, the editor, chairman and consulting editor of the Harvard Medical School Health Letter. A useful guide to help you ask the right questions about diagnoses and treatment.
— Francesca Lunzer

Science Books and Films

While no doctor will totally agree with everything in this compilation of advice from the Harvard Medical School Health Letter, the information offered is essentially sound, extremely helpful to both the doctor and the patient, worth having, and, best of all, offered in a brief, easy-to-understand manner...It is difficult to conceive of any health question a patient might have that is not answered within these pages.
— Edward R. Pinckey

American Health
Your Good Health covers everything from gingivitis to macular degeneration, estrogen and menopause, microwave pollution, polluted doctors ('the impaired physician') and living wills--and does so with reasonableness and sure judgment. Quality is rare, but this book has it. No exclamations, no jargon, no oversimplification. Just direct English grounded in a firm grasp of health issues.
New York Times Book Review - Yvonne Baskin
The folks who bring us the monthly Harvard Medical School Health Letter have gathered their wisdom into a highly readable and at times wry book which avoids pat answers and shows us how to make a reasoned response to things that trouble us--gas, panic attacks, overweight, high cholesterol, or where to get the best cancer therapy. It is refreshingly nondogmatic about conditions for which medical therapies are no more successful than home remedies...The book emphasizes everyday miseries over the rare or gruesome, but its scope is broad...Readers will gain confidence in their ability to mantain their well-being without expensive gadgets and extreme habits in the gym or at the table.
Forbes - Francesca Lunzer
The authors are, respectively, the editor, chairman and consulting editor of the Harvard Medical School Health Letter. A useful guide to help you ask the right questions about diagnoses and treatment.
Science Books and Films - Edward R. Pinckey
While no doctor will totally agree with everything in this compilation of advice from the Harvard Medical School Health Letter, the information offered is essentially sound, extremely helpful to both the doctor and the patient, worth having, and, best of all, offered in a brief, easy-to-understand manner...It is difficult to conceive of any health question a patient might have that is not answered within these pages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674966321
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 10/10/1989
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 522
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen M. Goldfinger is Professor of Psychiatry ?and Behavioral Sciences and Department Chair at SUNY Downtown Medical Center.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. BASIC MAINTENANCE: FITNESS, WEIGHT CONTROL, AND NUTRITION

Fitness

How does exercise protect the heart?

The rules of the game

Starting slow: the fundamental program

Moving on

Beefing it up

Overdoing it

Weight Control

The problem of overweight

The options

Why weight control is so difficult

Nutrition

Fat and the heart

Fish story

Food and cancer

Vitamin C: when is enough enough?

Sweet stuff

2. REDUCING THE RISKS: CIGARETTES, ALCOHOL, AND OTHER DRUGS

Cigarettes

Harder than heroin

Safer forms of tobacco?

Quitting

Blaming the victim

Alcohol

In the body

The confusing mortality curves

The way back

Coffee

Getting an early start One lump or two—or none at all?
Coffee, caffeine, and cancer Coffee, cholesterol, and coronaries The scoop

Marijuana

Highs and lows

Physical consequences

Keeping off the grass

Cocaine

Crack

Effects of cocaine

Treatment for chronic abuse

3. LIVING WITH PROGRESS: ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS OF MODERN LIFE

Noise Pollution

Sound versus noise

Someone else's drummer

Noise and progress

Indoor Air Pollution

Common sources

The "sick-building syndrome"

Radon in houses

Asbestos

Hazards of the Workplace

Chemical exposures

Shift work

Video display terminals

Radiation Exposures

Microwaves

Medical x-rays

Low-level radioactive waste

4. ON THE SURFACE: SKIN, HAIR, NAILS, TEETH, EYES

Skin Care

Over-the-counter products

Acne—a treatable disease

New light on psoriasis

Beauty versus Health: The Safety of Cosmetics

Rashes

Other adverse effects

Hair Care

Normal hair growth

Baldness

Hair removal

Shampoos and rinses

Nail Care

The normal nail

The funny-looking nail

Common complaints

Tooth Care

Sealing out tooth decay

Beyond braces: the new orthodontics

Periodontal disease

Dental implants

Eye Care

Contact lenses

Glaucoma

Cataracts

Macular degeneration

5. SEX AND ITS COMPLICATIONS

Birth Control

Least invasive, least reliable

Improving the odds

Higher tech

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Gonorrhea and NGU

Chlamydia infections

Herpes simplex infections

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)

Infertility

The basics of human reproduction

Beginning the infertility work-up

Male factors

Female factors

Special Problems of Women

Pregnancy: age and outcome

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Lumpy breasts

Estrogen and menopause

Osteoporosis

Vaginitis

Urinary tract infections

Special Problems of Men

Impotence and erectile dysfunction

Sex after a heart attack

Prostate ailments

6. STRESS AND STRAIN: EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS, SLEEP DISTURBANCES, HEADACHES, AND BACK PAIN

Emotional Problems

Stress

Anxiety

Depression

The use of psychotherapy

Sleep Disturbances

The nature of sleep

Sleep insurance

Slumber aids

Insomnia

Sleep demons

Narcolepsy

Sleep apnea

Headaches

So-called tension headaches

Migraine

Headaches demanding medical attention

Back Pain

Possible causes

Diagnosing an aching back

Interventions

Other Nagging Ailments
Hemorrhoids

Hiccups

Gas

Night sweats

7. THE BIG THREE: HEART DISEASE, STROKE, AND CANCER

Heart Disease

Atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease

Risk factors

Coronary artery spasm

Diagnosing coronary artery disease

Treatment

Limiting the damage of a heart attack

Preventing "electrical deaths" from heart attacks

Abnormal heart valves

Arrhythmias

Stroke
Definition

Transient ischemic attacks

To operate or not?

Anti-platelet drugs

Who is at risk?

The hypertension story

Cancer

Environmental factors

Testing for carcinogens

Early detection and treatment

Skin cancer

Lung cancer

Colon cancer

Breast cancer

Prostate cancer

Cervical cancer

8. DEALING WITH THE MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT

Keeping Things in Perspective

More can be too much

It ain't necessarily so

An ounce of prevention

Selecting a Health Plan

Fee-for-service payment

Cost-conscious alternatives

Coverage and price tags

Choice

Quality

The bottom line

Choosing and Using Your Doctor

Training

Practice patterns

Communicating

The impaired physician

Taking Your Medicine

Generic drugs

Drugs and the elderly

Immunizations

Childhood immunizations

Adult immunizations

Periodic Check-Ups

Screening tests for the healthy person

What lab tests can reveal

Biopsies

Predonating Blood

A Guide for Human "Guinea Pigs"

Risks and safeguards

An informed decision

The issue of compensation

Living Wills

The purpose of a living will

The pitfalls

What Do You Do, Doctor?

Acknowledgments

Index

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