An immensely valuable volume for the home health library. This is a ""translation""--for the lay reader--of the findings from a long-term FDA review of all over-the-counter drugs and their ingredients; Zimmerman has also included helpful background information and ratings of his own, making this the most complete guide to such nostrums available. The drugs are divided, by use, into 74 categories: aphrodisiacs; digestive aids; pain, lever, and anti-inflammatory drugs; and so on. For each group, Zimmerman first specifies the conditions for which the drugs can be used, and when self-treatment should be abandoned for medical attention. Then he sets out a rating for each preparation (brand names included), and comments on whether the drug is sale and effective; is not sale, not effective, or both; or is still under study. The line-up starts with acne medications and proceeds on through to ""'Yeast' Killers for Feminine Itching,"" with some interesting stops along the way. ""Hair Growth Stimulant and Baldness Preventives"" and ""Hangover and Overindulgence Remedies"" receive equal attention with ""Premature Ejaculation Retardants"" and antimicrobial soaps. In each section, Zimmerman summarizes the information in tabular form, so fast reference is easy. With a more serious tone and much greater scope than Max Leber's The Corner Drugstore (1983), this can be the standard reference on nonprescription remedies.