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In 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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Product Details

  • Series: Merck Manual of Medical Information Home Edition
  • Hardcover: 2500 pages
  • Publisher: Merck; New edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911910301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911910308
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Merck's Home Health Handbook is written in everyday easy-to-understand language and provides information on health care for children and adults.
It covers all types of illnesses,explains the symptoms,treatments and prevention.
Great value - highly recommended.
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After I purchased my copy here, amazon corrected the ISBN number originally posted on the amazon site, & it now matches the book I received. Not as well-illustrated or easy to understand as the "American College Physicians Complete Home Medical Guide", but is more complete & has twice as many pages. Has general color illustrations of body systems, but disease illustrations are small & in B&W. Unlike the American College book, there are no photographs here. On the positive side, the discussion of each disease is more thorough here, & each disease contains sections on "Symptoms", "Diagnosis", & "Treatment." I can't vouch for the accuracy of either book, but this book generally seems to have more advanced & detailed discussions, while the American College book is easier for the layman to comprehend. Both are useful.
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The Merck manual has been around for many years and has been the reference guide for doctors, nurses and anyone else interested in medical issues. This home edition has 2, 368 pages of medical information written by 300 medical experts. This amazing giant volume is organized into 26 detailed sections. They are as follows:

(1) Fundamentals. (2) Drugs. (3)Digestive disorders. (4) Liver and Gallbladder disorders. (5) Kidney and Urinary tract disorders. (6) Heart and blood vessel disorders. (7) Lung and airway disorders. (8) Bone, joint, and muscle disorders. (9) Brain, spinal cord and nerve disorders. (10) Mental health disorders. (11) Disorders of nutrition and metabolism. (12) Hormonal disorders. (13) Blood disorders. (14) Cancer. (15) Immune disorders. (16) Infections. (17) Skin disorders. (18) Mouth and dental disorders. (19) Ear, nose, and throat disorders. (20) Eye disorders. (21) Men's health issues. (22) Women's health issues. (23) Children's health issues. (24) Older people's health issues. (25) Injuries and poisoning. (26) Special subjects.

In conclusion, this is a book that should be in every home as a health reference guide.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Never Trust a Politician)
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By Crystal on February 2, 2012
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This book is awesome and I recommend it to anyone! Easy to understand, great pics, tons of information. Only thing I don't like is the version and publication of what I have, isn't updated with correct info regarding transgenders and GID.
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Generally this is an excellent reference. It is thorough, and conveys a heck of a lot of valuable info while still being understandable to intelligent, non-science oriented laypeople. I have learned a huge amount from this book including medical terminology which they helpfully include alongside lay terms and explanations. The best value of any medical book! (though it could use a lot more illustrations - I very highly recommend Alice Roberts' the Complete Human Body which has amazing illustrations, to complement this book for the layperson).

However, because the info on my disease ME/CFIDS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome) is a negative-five-star I am going to rate this only two stars.

I really don't like rating this book so low and definitely understand anyone thinking it inappropriate to rate it so low considering the overall excellent content. After all, the ME section is only one section of very many. However, the amount of iatrogenic morbidity caused by this sort of egregious misinformation on ME is so tremendous, I think it is important to draw attention to it with a two star rating. Pls forgive me if you disagree.

Editors: please make the section accurate by consulting the ME/CFS Canadian Consensus Criteria and the 2011 ME International Consensus Criteria and the 2012 IACFS/ME Primer (and me if you need more info) and I will of course be elated to rate the manual five stars.

There are many patently invalid statements here such as "[s]ome studies have suggested infection with the Epstein-Barr virus... or HIV as a possible cause of CFS. However, current research indicates that these viruses probably do not cause this syndrome." p. 2109.
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The book is large and hard to hold and the pages are so thin that its hard to read. The information contained within it though is priceless and I enjoyed it being as thorough and understandable as it is.
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Every family should have a copy of this book. You can diagnose your symptoms before going to the Dr. You will have more info to give your Dr. The Merck Manual covers everyone, from infants to the elderly. The Manual eliminates all guess work when you get sick. We would not be without it.
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Amazon's product headline says "The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook: Third Home Edition", but the book I received says second edition - 2009. The ISBNs on the book, on MerckBooks' web site, and Amazon's web site all match each other but MerckBooks' site doesn't mention a 3rd edition, so I don't see why Amazon calls it the 3rd edition. Great book, in any case.
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