A DICTIONARY OF SYMPTOMS by Dr. Joan Comez

A DICTIONARY OF SYMPTOMS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Most home-directed medical dictionaries do nothing to inform your intelligence or bring you peace of mind. Not so, this well-ordered, exhaustive (when it comes to common complaints), selective (see your doctor--when it comes to the more special or more serious) arraignment of what you may feel or observe from stem to sternum starting with headaches simple, migraine, histamine, hangover, etc., etc. Dr. Gomez has overwhelming credentials--she is not only a busy British general practitioner but the mother of ten, and this has been edited by another physician. Dr. Marvin Gersh. There is nothing here to stimulate galloping hypochondria, but a great deal which will enable you to maintain your health (whether omitting cigarettes or laxatives) before you become the victim of any one of these hundreds of symptoms. Some of them you can handle yourself--backache, up to a point, or the common cold; some you can't and no doctor can help you (baldness in many instances); and there are special sections on care of children and particularly feminine or masculine aspects of concern. Most of the common symptoms are there--so is an analysis of their causes whether organic or functional and the prevalent therapy is also indicated. Along with diagram illustrations, glossary and index. A safe referral to keep you sound and an excellent recommendation for libraries of all kinds, starting at home.

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 1968
Publisher: Stein & Day