The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide

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The first health guide for the era of managed care is also the only one that will never go out of date. www.health.harvard.edu/fhg offers page and index searches for updated information on every entry. Today we all have a better chance of living a longer, healthier life than ever before -- but only if we know how to utilize the advances in medicine science has given us. Whether you depend on traditional fee-for-service health care or some form of managed care, you must make health decisions in partnership with doctors...doctors with whom you may only spend a few minutes. How can you sort out the confusing, often contradictory health information that is bombarding you daily and communicate clearly and effectively with your doctor? How can you gain access to the best care and evaluate the care you are getting? The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide answers these essential questions and many more. The first health guide written specifically to empower readers in the era of managed care, it is the culmination of 200 years of clinical care, health education, and medical research -- bringing you the expertise of more than 7,000 health professionals from some of the nation's most esteemed hospitals and research centers. In this book, they have gathered the most authoritative, comprehensive, easy-to-understand, up-to-the-minute information about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease in every stage of life to help you:
  • Make the most of the time you spend with your doctor.
  • Decide when and if you need to see a doctor.
  • Avoid dangerous drug interactions.
  • Explore alternative treatments safely.
  • Choose wisely among treatment options.
  • Access emergency and other important information easily.
  • Learn the most effective ways to prevent disease.
  • Consult with the most renowned doctors in America, including Herbert Benson, T. Berry Brazelton, Robert Coles, and Richard Ferber.
  • Receive the most current information from our Web site, which gives you free online updates.
Harvard Medical School consists of world-renowned affiliated hospitals, clinics, and research foundations, which include:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center • Brigham and Women's Hospital* • Cambridge Hospital • Center for Blood Research • Children's Hospital* • Dana Farber Cancer Institute • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care • Joslin Diabetes Center* • Judge Baker Children's Center • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary • Massachusetts General Hospital* • Massachusetts Mental Health Center • McLean Hospital • Mount Auburn Hospital • Schepens Eye Research Institute • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital • VA Boston Healthcare System (*CONSISTENTLY RANKED AMONG THE 10 BEST HEALTH INSTITUTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES) Throughout its history, Harvard's doctors have made important medical breakthroughs, including: the discovery of anesthesia • the birth of brain surgery • the first human organ transplantation (Nobel Prize) • the discovery of the polio virus (Nobel Prize) • the discovery of vitamin B12 as the cure for pernicious anemia (Nobel Prize) • the discovery of how the human eye sees (Nobel Prize) • the discovery of the aspirin-a-day prevention strategy for heart disease
 

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Contents

FOREWORD
8
Navigating the Health Care System
17
Eyes 415
28
DIET AND NUTRITION
39
EXERCISE AND FITNESS
51
USING ADDICTIVE SUBSTANCES
57
CONTRACEPTION AND SAFER SEX
69
MEDICAL CHECKUPS AND SCREENING TESTS
78
DENTAL INJURIES
485
PROBLEMS OF THE SALIVARY GLANDS
491
Lungs
493
ASTHMA
505
LUNG CANCER
523
SKIN
529
HAIR
555
Color Guide to Visual Diagnosis
561

SAFETY AND PREVENTING INJURY
86
PREVENTING INFECTION
92
HOW YOU SPEAK AND UNDERSTAND SPEECH
98
HOW YOU MOVE
104
HOW YOU BREATHE
110
Contents
112
HOW YOU REPRODUCE
116
UNDERSTANDING GENETICS
126
GUIDE TO IMAGING
135
DIAGNOSTIC TESTS
153
GOING TO THE HOSPITAL
163
Symptom Charts
171
WOMENS SYMPTOMS
266
SYMPTOMS OF INFANTS AND CHILDREN
293
MENS SYMPTOMS
330
EARS
449
NOSE
460
THROAT
466
COMMON DENTAL PROBLEMS
474
INJURIES
567
Urinary System
803
KIDNEY DISEASE AND KIDNEY FAILURE
810
CANCER
822
Cosmetic
829
Bones Joints and Muscles 591
863
ABNORMAL HEART RATE AND RHYTHM 671
903
Health of Adolescents
1021
Health of Women
1039
MENOPAUSE
1047
BREASTS
1053
VULVA
1063
UTERUS
1070
OVARIES AND FALLOPIAN TUBES
1076
WOMEN AND VIOLENCE
1083
SEXUALITY
1090
THE AGING MALE
1110
Index
1249
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Medical Editor Anthony L. Komaroff, MD, is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Senior Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and Editor in Chief of Harvard Health Publications.

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