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American Medical Association Family Medical Guide, 4th Edition Hardcover – August 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0471269113 ISBN-10: 0471269115 Edition: Fourth Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: American Medical Association Family Medical Guide
  • Hardcover: 1200 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Fourth Edition edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471269115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471269113
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 2.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Medical "bibles" go out of date quickly. Diseases don't change, but our understanding of them does. So a new volume of a standard guide for the nonphysician is certainly welcome. What's perhaps most gratifying about this updated reference is that, based on new understanding of how much regular people can do to keep body and mind whole, it advises readers to take an active approach. For those already suffering a particular medical condition—and the book covers a great deal of territory, from blood to heart to brain diseases—this volume will serve as a source of real understanding. Armed with the basics, patients may be less embarrassed to ask more of their physicians or surgeons. The authors acknowledge the benefits of yoga and meditation (which they call the relaxation response) and offer a rundown of homeopathic medicine. Other new additions include expanded coverage of genetic testing, learning disabilities, ADD and stem cell transplants. The authors discuss sexually transmitted diseases, sexual orientation, contraception and abortion with forthrightness. Self-help charts that will supposedly lead readers from symptom to diagnosis are a kind of maze game and will keep hypochondriacs busy for hours. This is a well-organized volume, considering the amount of information it covers. By educating patients, the book may be as much a help to physicians as it is to their charges. Photos, illus.
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* ""...a very nice update"". (Library Journal, October 1, 2004)

Diet, exercise, heart disease, cancer, stress reduction—these are among the key health issues facing contemporary American families. These issues and more are the centerpiece of the first revision in a decade of the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION FAMILY MEDICAL GUIDE (Wiley; September 10, 2004; Cloth/$45.00). Selling more than 2 million copies since it was first published twenty years ago, the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION FAMILY MEDICAL GUIDE has established itself as the gold standard of family health references. With more than 90% new material, 50% more pages, thousands of illustrations, and 64 pages of full color, the new 4th Edition reflects the enormous advances in medical care over the past decade.
“Everyday, Americans hear news of the latest medical study or another medical breakthrough,” writes Michael D. Maves, MD, MBA and Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Medical Association in the Foreword to this new edition. “These scientific advances, along with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating diseases, are helping us live longer and in better health than ever before. With this all-new, completely revised fourth edition of our best-selling AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION FAMILY MEDICAL GUIDE, you have the tools you need to make sense of this abundance of information, enabling you to take charge of your health and health-care needs and make informed medical decisions.”
Organized into six major categories, the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION FAMILY MEDICAL GUIDE puts a wealth of information on health and disease directly into your home, including:
Part One: What You Should Know: Information to Keep You Healthy: This all-new, full-color section highlights current key health issues such as preventive data on nutrition, exercise, weight, and stress reduction, as well as cutting-edge information about cancer treatments and genetics. You’ll find a body mass index (BMI) chart, vitamin-mineral charts, and screening tests with recommendations for different sexes and ages.
Part Two: Your Healthy Body: Provides up-to-the-minute specifics on preventive medicine. Why eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing stress, and getting sufficient sleep have a profound effect on your health. This section concludes with a 32-page full-color section containing an Atlas of the Body (a handy reference for locating bones, muscles and other parts of the body), Visual Aids to Diagnosis (photos of sores, rashes and other recognizable signs and symptoms, with brief descriptions of conditions to which they might be linked), and Diagnostic Imaging Techniques (the different types of procedures your doctor might recommend, such as ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging, how each test is done, and which disorders the test might help diagnose).
Part Three: First Aid and Home Caregiving: Gives you step-by-step advice on how to handle injuries and emergencies including choking, bleeding, burns and heatstroke. This section includes advice on how to care for a person who is ill or disabled and modifying your home to make it easier to care for an older family member who has a disabling chronic disease such as Alzheimer’s.
Part Four: What Are Your Symptoms? Organized like flow charts, the symptoms in this completely revised and updated section direct you through a series of questions with yes or no answers relating to specific symptoms to reach a possible diagnosis or recommendation. The charts help to know when it’s important to call your doctor, when to go to a hospital emergency department, or when you can take care of the problem yourself at home.
Part Five: Health Issues Throughout Life: This all-new section presents comprehensive chapters on children’s health, adolescent health, sexuality, infertility, pregnancy and chil

Customer Reviews

This new one has been even better than I hoped.
Renee D. Groot
This book is an earlier edition of one that I have had for many years.
Sylvia Fischer
It is full of very useful information and easy to read and understand.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

96 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Terence J. Nugent on September 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It is no surprise that the latest edition of this excellent consumer reference is better than ever. For those who are newcomers to the power of this authoritative tome, its centerpiece is a series of symptom charts enabling users to conduct the equivalent of a differential self-diagnosis. Charts are available for the most common symptomologies--e.g. coughing, chest pain, abdominal pain, back pain. Through an interrogatory consisting of sequential questions which might be asked by a health professional presented with the symptoms in question, the charts guide the reader to action steps--ranging from reassurance and self-help options to advise to seek medical attention (urgently or in due course as the case may be).

By saving unnecessary visits to the doctor's office or emergency room (thus helping to control medical costs) or spurring the overly complacent to imperative action, the AMA does a great service to the public and the profession by publishing this reference at an extremely affordable price.

The bulk of the book consists of articles regarding various diseases and conditions encompassing symptomology, description diagnostic techniques (tests and such) likely to be employed, treatment options, and the range of expected prognoses--in a nutshell, what do I have, how will they find out, what will they do to treat me, and what's the outlook in terms of cure and survival.

A wealth of reliable, understandable information is readily accessible to the lay person and accompanied by helpful illustrations.

I have relied on this book for years to help me deal intelligently with health matters involving my friends, my family, and myself. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking to empower themselves to be a prudent steward of health and well being.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bernice Flood on September 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Very informative. Easy to read and understand. Almost every disease I looked up was listed, and gave an easy to understand description of the symptoms and treatments. This book is a nice accompaniment to the "AMA Complete Medical Encyclopedia". If I had to choose only one book, I would choose the "AMA Family Medical Guide".
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Annie Beth on November 9, 2006
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My wife and I are both Registered Nurses and found this resource book to be very informative, up to date, well written and easy to read. This would be a great addition to any family, with kids or otherwise. We gave it to our daughter and liked it so well we got another one for us.
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Format: Hardcover
This latest edition of "The American Medical Association Family Medical Guide" has been thoroughly to keep it up-to-date and as one of the most authoritative and reliable family health reference. This edition opens with a full-color section on key health issues, followed by several new and expanded sections that covers almost everything you can need at home; from staying healthy and providing first aid and home care, to diagnosing symptoms and treating different diseases and disorders. Truly a most have for every family.

Among other things, you will find updated information on:

- Genetic testing, sexuality, learning disabilities, preventive health, infertility, pregnancy and childbirth, substance abuse, care-giving and first aid.

- New chapters on diet and health, exercise and fitness, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing stress, complimentary and alternative medicine, staying safe and preventing violence, cosmetic surgery and preventive health care.

- Symptoms flowcharts and full-color spreads on important health topics.

A must have reference about self-prevention that shows how to diagnose your own health. This way, as an informed patient, and if the potential need for a physician's intervention arises, you can help him get the best and definitive diagnose.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sergio Oquendo on July 16, 2008
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Very useful guide, almost all things you could think of are covered (a few are not though, i.e., I found one particular eye-related problem that although is mentioned somewhere in the book, is neither explained nor dealt with anywhere). As it is obvious given the time passed between the last two editions, the panel of doctors differs from the prior one, and some topics are treated differently as well, not necessarily due to the passage of time or technological advances, so I kept the former edition. I suggest you do the same if you have the older version.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Patience M. O. Chalmers on June 2, 2006
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I have had an earlier version of this book for years and have referred to it time and again to look up information for myself, my friends, and my relatives. It has always been very helpful, informative, and always accurate... to date.

I highly recommend it and feel that the benefits will far exceed the cost of the book.

In one case, based on the charts at the front of the book and the symptoms section on the corresponding referral page, the book gave the correct diagnosis for my father's condition. His doctor had misstated diverticulitis when, in fact, my dad had appendicitus. Because of the misdiagnosis from the doctor, my dad got peritonitus but thankfully recuperated from his resulting extensive surgery and hospital stay.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Onsager on February 28, 2006
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We had the first edition of this Medical Guide and used it for years as our family grew up. In many ways this 4th edition is similar, just updated for newer medical information and procedures.

If you need something to reach for, this is a good first step which can be follwed up by searching the Internet for more complete information. We particularly appreciate the diagnostic flow chart to help determine the problem.
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