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American Medical Association Complete Medical Encyclopedia (American Medical Association (Ama) Complete Medical Encyclopedia) Hardcover – October 14, 2003

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From the Most Trusted Name in Medicine: The American Medical Association

·The only new major medical encyclopedia of the century, completely written by the American Medical Association, America?s top medical authority.
·Organized in easy-to-use A-Z format, it covers thousands of medical terms from the common cold to the Lyme Disease. Hundreds of different surgical procedures and tests are explained, as well as the benefits and potential side effects of drugs and treatments.
·Also includes timely information on issues such as bioterrorism, genetic research, robotic surgery, brain imaging, and bionic people.
·Includes cutting-edge topics in alternative medicine, nutrition, mental health, and cosmetic surgery.
·Written and reviewed by top medical doctors and specialists, the Complete Medical Encyclopedia sets a new standard for consumer medical reference.
·Medical editors for this AMA-authored book were Jerrold B. Leikin, MD, and Martin S. Lipsky, MD, both on the faculty of Northwestern University medical school.

About the Author

The AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION is the world's most respected and renowned authority in medicine. Founded in 1847, it is the largest and most prestigious professional association for doctors in the United States. The AMA is also the publisher of the acclaimed medical periodical JAMA, which features groundbreaking medical research studies.

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Product Details

  • Series: American Medical Association (Ama) Complete Medical Encyclopedia
  • Hardcover: 1376 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Reference; 1 edition (October 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812991001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812991000
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 2.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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103 of 103 people found the following review helpful By tom on February 24, 2004
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I have been using the 2 volume American Medical Association Home Medical Encyclopedia for several years and loved it. My only complaint was that it had been published in 1989, and a lot of things can change in the world of medicine in 2-3 years, let alone 10-12 years. So, I was very happy to see that a newer, one volume edition had been published. As was its predecessor, it is a very comprehensive resource, written in layman's terms, but not in a simplistic manner. Not only are medical conditions described in concise yet thorough detail, but symptoms and treatments are included as well.
The only thing keeping my review from being 5 stars is that it has fewer photographs than the 1989 publication. In some instances, a drawing does fine, but in others, it is a poor substitute. For example, In the new edition, there is a drawing used to illustrate a goiter, and all you really see is some shading on the neck that gives no sense of the size or proportions of what a real goiter would be like. In the 1989 version, a photo of a person with a goiter clearly and accurately depicts the condition. I would not want the lack of photography to keep someone from acquiring the book, because it is an excellent resource. Whenever the next revision is done, however, the extensive use photograpy needs to be reincorporated.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 2003
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My family has always relied on the old AMA Encyclopedia; this new edition is terrific. It has more definitions, even better illustrations and photos, and more practical information. I especially like the symptoms charts and the color section on the human body. With all the questionable health information on the Web, it's good to have all the basics in an up-to-date guide from a source you can trust.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Hauser on October 11, 2005
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The AMA Encyclopedia is invaluable. It's complete, detailed and well layed out.

It's the best resource short of the internet. We used the old guide for years.

The front section that allows you to go through an illness step-by-step is worth the cost alone. What a good investment in your health.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karla J. Fletcher on December 12, 2009
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I love this encyclopedia. I had a 1989 version that needed an update so I ordered this, the 2003, the most recent publication I could find. It's a great way to look up symptoms, diseases, body parts, etc, without having to go online. I think every household should have one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm L. Cail Jr. on December 2, 2012
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I have always relied on the old AMA Encyclopedia; this new edition is terrific. It has more definitions, even better illustrations and photos, and more practical information. I especially like the symptoms charts and the color section on the human body. With all the questionable health information on the Web, it's good to have all the basics in an up-to-date guide from a source you can trust.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ferngully1 on March 25, 2012
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ordered a different medical book, and got this. was incomplete. (comes in two parts) tried to re-order and this kept popping up. Still have it in a drawer, they didn't want it back, guess that speaks for itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ginagoff on May 5, 2013
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I grew up with one similar at my parents' house. I felt I needed one now that I'm all grown up. Great reference book with good pictures and explanations. Every home should have one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MCJ on August 2, 2013
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this was a great Medical Encyclopedia. My son has now become the family practitioner. It may help him in his career now he can practice without a license.
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