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The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook: Third Home Edition Hardcover – Unabridged, October 13, 2009


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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: 9.6 x 7.4 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Rob earned his MD from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA and completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. Rob is board certified in Emergency Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Since 1983, he has held a variety of clinical and teaching appointments in the Philadelphia area, most recently at Albert Einstein Medical Center and Thomas Jefferson University. He currently works for Merck, where he is editor-in-chief of The Merck Manuals.

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Easy to understand, great pics, tons of information.
Crystal
Anyone who has ever wanted more information or clarification for what was said during a doctor's visit should consider having this book.
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This new version of the Merck Medical Manual is great.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By narcissus flower on November 15, 2009
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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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By wrbtu on April 12, 2010
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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Justin Reilly, esq. on August 18, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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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Carolyn, my wife and a retired RN, has used Merck for many years and relies on it for medical info.
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I bought this to replace a 100 year old soft cover edition. It is an excellent book for the money.
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By Albert L. Cull on June 30, 2014
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Every home should have a copy. Can prove to be most helpful when facing many different kinds of health problems. Detailed but easily understood by a layman.
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By P. Pingel on June 23, 2014
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The "every day common home" will most definitely benefit from having this book in their home! I highly recommend it!
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