“ Genre: Health / Family / Lifestyle / Edition: 2Rev Ed / Hardcover / 1200 Pages / Book is published 1995-08-24 by Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd „
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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'.