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If you ever wonder how our heart pumps and how the liver take care of our toxins, this book have the answer.
The British Medical Association Complete Family Health Guide is as big and as heavy as the name. It comes in hard cover and there are 992 pages. This book is written by doctors and consultants, the language is simple and easy to understand. ( without the medical jargon)
The A-Z guide covers a wide range of medical topics such as the understanding of our body organ, description of medical terms, first aid, medicine and the different types of medical condition.
The pictures in the book can be quite vivid but the illustrations are straightforward.
I use this book as a reference for any medical condition. This book help me to understand the cause, the symptoms and how a medical condition occur. I could then used this knowledge to understand the diagnosis and the medication.
This medical guide is an important encyclopedia to have in the every households. It is a handy guide for a quick reference and a comprehensive guide to understand medical condition.
The book is retailed at £22.
I purchased the BMA Complete Family Health Encyclopedia a while ago now and to my mind it is an invaluable book to have around. Of course, the idea is not to look up every symptom you may have, or you will find that you have every disease under the sun, but for reference it is very good. At the beginning, it covers the human body and how it works etc., then it goes on to cover just about every illness there probably is. There are pages where you can look up a symptom and follow down the page to see what the problem could be, and whether you may need immediate attention or not. I find that illnesses are covered in a very concise way and to the point without being melodramatic and I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
I wasn't surprised that the BMA thinks its readers doesn't have much in the way of grey matter. After all, doctors are notorious for talking to you in words of one syllable as though you are a rather backward three year old. This book is a slight improvement on that - but not much. As a very, very basic introduction to the huge range of things that can go wrong with the human body, it's ok. But beyond that it is singularly unhelpful. One of my biggest criticisms is that it never admits, as doctors so often don't, when they just don't know the answer to something or where medical opinion is currently divided or being challenged on an issue, and no references are provided to check or follow-up on the statements it makes. The tone of this book, produced by what is effectively the doctors' trade union, is very much 'doctor knows best'.
Everyone should own a copy of this book, especially those with families, as it is so very useful. It is expensive to buy at around £30 but it contains so much information on everything medical that it’s worth every penny. The book begins with several one or two page sections covering general topics such as immunization, diagnostic techniques and methods of treatment. There is a lot of advice and topic information here but for more specific information about a particular subject you must go to the next section – ‘The A to Z of Health and Medicine’. This is the main section of the book; it is a very comprehensive collection of information covering practically every known illness, treatment, operation and drug - and virtually everything else connected in any way with medicine. Each subject has it’s own list of sub-headings which cover the most important aspects. Illnesses, for example, have a short general description then detailed descriptions of causes, symptoms and diagnosis and treatment. Some areas, such as headaches, also have a chart you can go through answering yes or no to various questions until you reach a possible cause of your symptoms. You are then directed to the appropriate area of the book for more information, or advised to visit your doctor (immediately, or make an appointment, depending on the severity of the possible cause) Also covered are the various diagnostic tests such as CT scanning, laryngoscopy and allergy testing. You are told how and why these tests are performed, and you are given a really good idea of what to expect if you are going to have any of these done. Most common operations are included too, usually with clear drawings and very comprehensive descriptions of how and why each operation is done. There is a section with details of the normal recovery period, how long you can expect to be in hospital, whether drainage tubes will be necessary etc and a sectio
n covering outlook – how your life may be affected, how long before you are back to normal, any changes you may need to adjust to after the operation and so on. This is all information that it is essential to know before undergoing a medical procedure, but which is so often only sketchily covered by your GP and consultant. Next in the book is an A to Z of drugs. They are listed as brand names (such as Night Nurse) and generics (such as paracetamol). There is a brief description of each one and a page number where you can find full information in the main A to Z section. All in all if you want to know about anything from Delhi belly to Rocky Mountain spotted fever then this is the book for you. It’s great for looking up possible causes for weird symptoms before dashing off to your GP, often you will find an exact description of what you have and realise it’s not so serious after all!! Do not read it if you are even slightly squeamish (it does go into a lot of detail – and many illustrations are included), or if you are a hypochondriac!!