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Diagnosing Your Health Symptoms For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-66470-4
448 pages
September 2010
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Written by an experienced family doctor and packed with practical and sound advice, Diagnosing Your Health Symptoms For Dummies is a reference for everyone who wants to find out when they do and don't need to worry about their health. It will cover over 100 common, important, potentially serious and often worrying symptoms and emergencies, such as headaches, chest pain, dizziness, fever, bleeding, tiredness or stress. This reassuring guide will also include guidance on how to perform basic physical assessments, as well as a run through of key first aid techniques.  Perfect for both allaying fears and encouraging those with serious symptoms to seek professional advice, this guide will be an essential family health bible.

Diagnosing Your Health Symptoms FD includes:

Part I: Spotting and Assessing Illness: The Basics

Chapter 1: Thinking about Medicine

Chapter 2: Dealing with Medical Problems

Chapter 3: Conducting a Symptom Check

Chapter 4: Looking for Out For Signs of Illness

Part II: Looking at Emergencies and ‘All-Over' Symptoms

Chapter 5: Coping with Medical Emergencies

Chapter 6: Approaching Non-Specific Symptoms

Chapter 7: Symptoms Affecting the Wider Body

Part III: From top to toe: looking at specific areas of the body

Chapter 8: Look at Me! Sussing Out Skin Problems

Chapter 9: Trouble at the Top: Symptoms Around the Head and Problems with the Senses

Chapter 10: Close to Your Heart: Exploring Chest Problems

Chapter 11: Untangling Tummy and Bowel Problems

Chapter 12: Getting Lower: Urinary and Other Disturbances ‘Down There'

Chapter 13: Bones and Groans

Part IV: Dealing with health problems in people close to you

Chapter 14: Spotting Illness in Your Baby

Chapter 15: Illness in Your Toddler or Pre-School Child

Chapter 16: Problems in Your School-Age Kids

Chapter 17: Dealing with Adolescent Problems

Chapter 18: Understanding Women's Troubles

Chapter 19: Looking at Some Specific Men's Issues

Chapter 20: Dealing with Common Later Life Problems

Part V: Spotting mental health problems

Chapter 21: Tackling Anxiety, Depression and Stress

Chapter 22: Approaching Unusual Thoughts and Behaviour

Chapter 23: Addressing Alcohol and Drug Problems

Part VI: The part of tens  

Chapter 24: Ten First Aid Essentials: Helping Yourself and Others

Chapter 25: Ten Reliable Health Websites

Chapter 26: Ten Medical Tests you May Need

Glossary: 100 Useful Medical Terms

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Introduction.

Part I: Spotting and Assessing Illness: The Basics.

Chapter 1: Understanding Your Health Problems.

Chapter 2: Conducting a Symptom Check.

Chapter 3: Looking Out for Signs of Illness.

Chapter 4: Managing Your Health Problems.

Part II: Looking at Emergencies and 'All-Over' Symptoms.

Chapter 5: Coping With Medical Emergencies.

Chapter 6: Approaching Non-Specifi c Symptoms.

Chapter 7: Covering Symptoms that Affect Your Wider Body.

Part III: Going From Top to Toe: Looking at Specific Areas of the Body.

Chapter 8: Sussing Out Skin Problems.

Chapter 9: Trouble at the Top: Head Symptoms and Problems with the Senses.

Chapter 10: Exploring Chest Problems.

Chapter 11: Untangling Tummy and Bowel Problems.

Chapter 12: Getting Lower: Urinary and Other Disturbances 'Down There'.

Chapter 13: Groaning Bones and Moaning Muscles.

Part IV: Dealing with Health Problems in Specific Groups.

Chapter 14: Spotting Illness in Your Newborn, Infant or Toddler.

Chapter 15: Assessing Illness in Your Pre-School Child.

Chapter 16: Identifying Health Problems in Your School-Age Children.

Chapter 17: Dealing With Teenage Health Troubles.

Chapter 18: Understanding Women's Troubles.

Chapter 19: Looking at Men's Issues.

Chapter 20: Dealing with Health Problems in Later Life.

Part V: Approaching Mental Health Problems and Addictive Behaviour.

Chapter 21: Tackling Depression, Stress and Anxiety.

Chapter 22: Considering Unusual Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviour.

Chapter 23: Addressing Addictive Behaviour and Substance Misuse.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 24: Ten (okay, Nine) Things to Know About First Aid.

Chapter 25: Ten Reliable Websites and Helplines.

Chapter 26: Ten Medical Tests You May Need.

Index.

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Dr Knut Schroeder MD MSc PhD MRCP FRCGP CertMedEd is an experienced family doctor and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in General Practice. He holds a degree in Medical Education and has had papers published in international peer-reviewed journals and articles in the GP press.
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