25 Medical Tests Your Doctor Should Tell You About...and 15 You Can Do Yourself

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25 MEDICAL TESTS YOUR DOCTOR SHOULD TELL YOU ABOUT ...and 15 You Can Do Yourself is an easy-to-use, up-to-date, A-to-Z guide that is a must-have reference book for any home library. This compact guide will give families the basic information they need in the most everyday medical situations, and allow readers to approach doctor visits not with fear, but with the confidence of an informed patient.

Author Deborah Mitchell has provided the essential information about both common and uncommon medical testings, and the key information required for understanding, including:

• Simple screenings that could save your life
• Specialized tests for every member of your family
• How to tell if the risks of a test outweigh the benefits.
• Tips on choosing the best home testing kits
• The latest in prevention and diagnosis of common medical conditions
• The best way to prepare for tests and how to interpret the results

The book includes basic facts about conditions and diseases such as cancers, asthma, bronchitis, high cholesterol and many others.

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About the author

Deborah Mitchell is a widely published health journalist. She is the author or coauthor of more than three dozen books on health topics, including books for St. Martin's Press's Healthy Home Library (A Woman's Guide to Vitamins, Herbs, and Supplements; The Complete Book of Nutritional Healing; and A Concise Encyclopedia of Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health) as well as The Wonder of Probiotics (coauthored with John R.Taylor, N.D.), Foods That Combat Aging, Your Ideal Supplement Plan in Three Easy Steps, and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Back Pain (coauthored with Debra Weiner, M.D.).
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Dec 29, 2009
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Part I: Spotting and Assessing Illness: The Basics

Chapter 1: Thinking about Medicine

Chapter 2: Dealing with Medical Problems

Chapter 3: Conducting a Symptom Check

Chapter 4: Looking for Out For Signs of Illness

Part II: Looking at Emergencies and ‘All-Over' Symptoms

Chapter 5: Coping with Medical Emergencies

Chapter 6: Approaching Non-Specific Symptoms

Chapter 7: Symptoms Affecting the Wider Body

Part III: From top to toe: looking at specific areas of the body

Chapter 8: Look at Me! Sussing Out Skin Problems

Chapter 9: Trouble at the Top: Symptoms Around the Head and Problems with the Senses

Chapter 10: Close to Your Heart: Exploring Chest Problems

Chapter 11: Untangling Tummy and Bowel Problems

Chapter 12: Getting Lower: Urinary and Other Disturbances ‘Down There'

Chapter 13: Bones and Groans

Part IV: Dealing with health problems in people close to you

Chapter 14: Spotting Illness in Your Baby

Chapter 15: Illness in Your Toddler or Pre-School Child

Chapter 16: Problems in Your School-Age Kids

Chapter 17: Dealing with Adolescent Problems

Chapter 18: Understanding Women's Troubles

Chapter 19: Looking at Some Specific Men's Issues

Chapter 20: Dealing with Common Later Life Problems

Part V: Spotting mental health problems

Chapter 21: Tackling Anxiety, Depression and Stress

Chapter 22: Approaching Unusual Thoughts and Behaviour

Chapter 23: Addressing Alcohol and Drug Problems

Part VI: The part of tens  

Chapter 24: Ten First Aid Essentials: Helping Yourself and Others

Chapter 25: Ten Reliable Health Websites

Chapter 26: Ten Medical Tests you May Need

Glossary: 100 Useful Medical Terms

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Griffin begins with a gripping account of her own harrowing experiences with Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), a potentially life-threatening illness that has been misconstrued and marginalized through the label "psychosomatic." Faced with terrifying bouts of fatigue, pain, and diminished thinking, the shame of illness, and the difficulty of being told you are "not really ill," she was driven to understand how early childhood loss made her susceptible to disease.

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