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Body Signs: From Warning Signs to False Alarms...How to Be Your Own Diagnostic Detective Paperback – February 24, 2009
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"Body Signs is indispensable. It's the ultimate catalog of our bodies' quirks, symptoms, and trouble spots—and a valuable guide to telling the amusing from the alarming. Written in a calm, clear voice, it's often funny, always informative, and potentially life-saving."—Joel Gurin, former Editorial Director, Consumer Reports
"Body Signs is an exceptionally well written and topical book on health. I found it chock-full of informative and interesting tidbits, substantiated by scientific research. The book is easy to read and has something to offer for everyone. I certainly learnt some fascinating medical facts! "—Gayatri Devi, MD Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine; President, National Council on Women's Health
“Packed with information, a handy and entertaining resource that fulfills its mission ‘to alert you, warn you, and maybe even scare you into going to the doctor…and save you the time, expense and anxiety of going’ when one isn’t needed.” —Publishers Weekly
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This book has got everything from red palms to floating poop to something called "Sister Joseph's nodule." The latter, found in the navel, "usually signifies an advanced cancer in the abdominal cavity, but the malignancy can occur in virtually any organ." Cripes! I would have thought that a body sign named after a nun would have been benign, at the very least.
It you have a symptom that you find too embarrassing to mention to your physician, "Body Signs" is a good place to check it out. The authors work their way through excrement, bladder functions, borborygmus (gurgling stomach), `flatus vaginalis' and private parts. You have the option of looking up the anatomical feature that interests you, all the way from head hair to toe nails, or reading through this book from cover to cover. Not all of the symptoms mentioned within are fatal. In fact, a few of them are indicators of ruddy good health.
Some of my favorite parts of this book are the anecdotes. Did you know that "The 16th-century German theologian Martin Luther claimed he could `drive away the evil spirit with a single f*rt" or that former President Bill Clinton has a bent...well, read "Body Signs" and find out for yourself.
Recommendations for maintaining one's health is one thing; but what do we do when we notice that something seems not quite "right" or "normal" with our own health right now? I don't know anyone, young or old, who hasn't complained at some time about some unusual ache, sudden mysterious pain, or perceptible bodily change, and is unable to exactly identify the cause, whether or it classifies as serious or minor, temporary or chronic, or should be ignored or warrants a trip to the physician. Speaking for myself, I certainly do not want to run to my physician every time I suspect something is awry. (I should mention that I don't like such visits in the first place and definitely do not like hospitals, although I've been forced to stay in one twice in the past six years -- emergencies only, suffice to say.)
So, what to do if we need some advice about our immediate medical concerns?Read more ›
I liked the format very much. It is "kicky" without being trendy. One doesn't get bored.
Body Signs certainly should be on everyone's reference bookshelf.
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Highly recommend this book & seller. Very informative & interesting to the end. RecommendPublished 11 months ago by Dessa M. Thomas
The book was recommended by a friend and it has been really helpful. I just have it in my reading room for reference.Published on September 7, 2013 by Lillie L. Fuller
Very interesting book that gives an interesting perspective of the history of illnesses, rare illnesses and describes what they can have issues with being misdiagnosed as other... Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Denise Dugan
I read through this entire book in less than an hour. It was pretty good as far as telling such things as what changes in hair and fingernails mean and what changes in toilet... Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by AKN
After reading this book, I found all the information to be very vague and sometimes misleading. I regret buying a book with little to no useful info in it when the internet exists... Read morePublished on September 10, 2012 by N. Hy
The taxpayers have just paid the medical profession $23 Billion to computerize their records in an attempt to reduce medical errors. Read morePublished on July 31, 2012 by D. Kadrmas
As someone with a variety of bizarre health problems, this book is very helpful in separating critical symptoms from random ones.Published on July 21, 2011 by Carolyn R. Patton
I bought this book for my sister for Christmas, but just had to look at it before wrapping it up! It was definitely not as good as I thought it would be, but it was fun. Read morePublished on January 22, 2011 by A. Davidson