THE PHYSICIAN'S MANUAL FOR PATIENTS: A Biomedical Information Corporation Book by Genell--Ed. Subak-Sharpe

THE PHYSICIAN'S MANUAL FOR PATIENTS: A Biomedical Information Corporation Book

Email this review


Old-fashioned medical guidance by body-system--for readers who enjoy looking up their own and neighbors' actual and imagined disorders. The Biomedical Information Corp. folks do a competent job of rounding up the latest on a wide variety of medical issues--from the established allopathic-medicine point of view. ""General Background Health Information"" tells how to find a doctor (""more than 60 percent of all the complaints. . . have an emotional or psychological dimension,"" so look for someone sympathetic); gives the warning signs of cancer (""it is the individual's responsibility to see his or her doctor at once if any of these appear""); describes the physical exam; discusses physical fitness, alcoholism, smoking. Then it's on to the systems--from cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, circulatory, and metabolic conditions to neurological and psychological disorders. Singled out for separate notice: allergies; infections (sexually transmitted diseases--AIDS included--are the focus); ""Problems Seen in Women""; pregnancy; childhood; emergencies. A reliable source for readers who need the concise story of systemic lupus erythematosus, pancreatitis, or periodontal disease. Those who prefer a prevention or selfcare orientation should see Henry Berman et al., The Complete Health Care Advisor (1983, p. 917) or Tim Rumsey and eric Otteson, A Physician's Complete Guide to Medical Care (1981).

Pub Date: April 25th, 1984
Publisher: Times Books