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Family Doctor Home Advisor


Year: 2006
Language: english
Author: The British Medical Association
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley
Edition: 4th
ISBN: 0-7513-2168-0
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 322
Description: Attitudes to illness have changed enormously in recent years. People now expect that treatment of even the most serious disorders is likely to be successful. In general, people are more knowledgable about health. When they or their children become ill, they want to know the likely cause of their symptoms and how quickly they may expect to get better.
At the same time, we are now more self-reliant. Most of us realize that the majority of common, minor illnesses such as a cold or an attack of diarrhoea do not need expert medical assessment or complex drug treatments. These disorders are self-limiting – we can expect to get better, even if no treatment is given.
The problem for people without medical training is that some symptoms such as a headache or a cough may be the first warning of a serious illness.
Few events can be more alarming or make a parent feel more helpless than the sudden illness of a child – especially in children too young to describe their
symptoms clearly. For how long does a sensible person deal with the problem at home? When should you call your doctor or talk to an information service such as NHS Direct? And when do you need to make an urgent visit to the hospital’s accident and emergency department?
Following the easy-to-read charts in this book will help you to tell the difference between minor problems and conditions that need immediate medical attention. No book can teach you how to make a medical diagnosis, and this is not a guide to being your own doctor. What it does do, however, is to tell you when and for how long you may safely wait for things to get better naturally. It gives practical advice on the use of home remedies and over-the-counter drugs and so encourages self-reliance when that makes sense. If you do need to see a doctor, the charts tell you whether you need emergency help, an urgent appointment, an appointment within 24 hours, or just a routine one. This book will give you the information you need to make the best use of your doctor.
The charts in this book have been developed by doctors and reviewed by medical experts. We hope that this book will make an important contribution to giving people more control over their own health.

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