The Long-Awaited Revision of the Bestselling Family Health Guide
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The American Medical Association is the nation's premier
health authority--the organization both patients and doctors
look to for state-of-the-art medical information and
guidance. Since its first publication in 1982, the American
Medical Association Family Medical Guide has been the gold
standard of home medical references for American families.
The book's first three editions have sold well in excess of
2 million copies. Now, with this updated Fourth Edition, the
nation's #1 health authority has completely revised its
flagship guide for the first time in a decade.
This major, long-awaited revision--almost 50 percent longer
than the previous edition--is brimming with up-to-date
information and new features that make the book even easier
to use. It offers authoritative guidance on hundreds of
diseases as well as the latest tests, treatments,
procedures, and drugs, and it provides new or greatly
expanded coverage of weight loss, preventive health,
infertility, pregnancy and childbirth, learning
disabilities, genetic testing, home caregiving, and first
aid, among other topics. It includes revised symptoms
flowcharts, helpful Q&As, first-person case histories, 64
full-color pages including spreads on important health
topics, and hundreds of new illustrations and photographs.
The guide is divided into six user-friendly sections:
Part One: What You Should Know: Information to Keep You
Healthy is a new four-color 32-page section that highlights
the most important health issues including heart disease,
cancer, osteoarthritis, and nutrition; provides tips for
quitting smoking and staying healthy as you age; and
presents a fully illustrated primer on genetics.
Part Two: Your Healthy Body features new chapters on topics
such as diet and health, exercise and fitness, losing
weight, reducing stress, staying safe, preventing violence,
and complementary and alternative medicine. There's also a
full-color section on preventive health care.
Part Three: First Aid and Home Caregiving describes
first-aid techniques and procedures and gives step-by-step
advice on how to provide quality home care for a family
member who is ill, disabled, or recovering from surgery.
Part Four: What Are Your Symptoms? features a revised
version of the AMA's highly popular diagnostic flowcharts,
which guide you from specific symptoms through a series of
questions to help you decide whether to treat yourself, make
a doctor's appointment, or get immediate medical attention.
Part Five: Health Issues Throughout Life is an all-new
section that covers children's health, adolescent health,
sexuality, infertility, pregnancy and childbirth, and dying
Part Six: Diseases, Disorders, and Other Problems covers all
the body systems, featuring essential advice on hundreds of
disorders of the heart and circulation, the brain and
nervous system, the respiratory system, the digestive
system, the immune system, the urinary tract, and the male
and female reproductive systems. This part also covers
hormonal disorders; emotional and mental health; cosmetic
surgery; infections; behavioral disorders; genetic
disorders; disorders of the bones, muscles, and joints; and
problems with the ears, eyes, skin, and teeth.
Complete with descriptions of the 200 most frequently
prescribed drugs and a glossary of common medical terms, the
American Medical Association Family Medical Guide is an
essential health reference every family needs.
Early Show - June 15, 2006
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