The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 14, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 2500 pages
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Now in paperback—the most comprehensive home health reference bestseller

Millions of people around the world have relied on The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook for quick access to authoritative, accessible health information. Written by more than 300 internationally respected medical experts, this comprehensive medical resource features extensive, up-to-date coverage of health care for newborns, the elderly, and everyone in between.

  • Contains reliable, up-to-date information on a broad range of medical conditions, illnesses, and situations, including accidents and injuries, aging, cancer, diabetes, digestive disorders, heart disease, mental health disorders, and many others
  • Covers men's, women's, pediatric (both newborns and older children), and geriatric health issues
  • Well organized and extensively indexed to make information easy to find
  • An extraordinary bargain at a penny a page

The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook is filled with essential medical information that’s both easy to find and easy to understand in order to help you communicate more effectively with your doctor, understand a diagnosis or treatment option, or simply know more about your health and the health of those you care about.

 

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Generally this is an excellent reference. It is thorough, and conveys a heck of a lot of valuable info while still being understandable to intelligent, non-science oriented laypeople. I have learned a huge amount from this book including medical terminology which they helpfully include alongside lay terms and explanations. The best value of any medical book! (though it could use a lot more illustrations - I very highly recommend Alice Roberts' the Complete Human Body which has amazing illustrations, to complement this book for the layperson).
However, because the info on my disease ME/CFIDS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome) is a negative-five-star I am going to rate this only two stars.
I really don't like rating this book so low and definitely understand anyone thinking it inappropriate to rate it so low considering the overall excellent content. After all, the ME section is only one section of very many. However, the amount of iatrogenic morbidity caused by this sort of egregious misinformation on ME is so tremendous, I think it is important to draw attention to it with a two star rating. Pls forgive me if you disagree.
Editors: please make the section accurate by consulting the ME/CFS Canadian Consensus Criteria and the 2011 ME International Consensus Criteria and the 2012 IACFS/ME Primer (and me if you need more info) and I will of course be elated to rate the manual five stars.
There are many patently invalid statements here such as "[s]ome studies have suggested infection with the Epstein-Barr virus... or HIV as a possible cause of CFS. However, current research indicates that these viruses probably do not cause this syndrome." p. 2109.
ME is an extremely debilitating neuro-endocrine immune & mitochondrial disease, affecting 1 M Americans and strongly associated with otherwise extremely rare lymphomas (other than in AIDS). There is a bit of accurate info here, but mostly very misleading or incorrect such as 'CFS refers to severe fatigue of unknown psychological or physical origin' (p.2109)- actually that's Idiopathic Chronic Fatigue. This is like saying 'Alzheimer's refers to severe forgetfulness of unknown physical or psychological origin.' ME is a specific extremely disabling disease in which extreme fatigue is a prominent symptom, just like MS, Leukemia, AIDS and many other diseases.
Again, pls see the ME/CFS Canadian Consensus Criteria, the 2012 ME International Consensus Criteria or the 2012 IACFS/ME Primer for accurate info.
Thanks for your consideration and take care everyone,
Justin
 

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