Encyclopedia of Family Health - Vol. 1

Encyclopedia of Family Health - Vol. 1

Encyclopedia of Family Health - Vol. 1

Encyclopedia of Family Health - Vol. 1

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The decision to create this updated and expanded edition of the popular Encyclopedia of Family Health reflects the broad scope of new advances in the health care field. This third edition has been extensively rewritten, and many new topics have been added. The new edition is intended to provide students and the general public with up-to-date and accurate information that is also concise and useful, and like previous editions offers an overview of numerous medical topics in such a manner as to allow immediate comprehension of medical conditions and health issues. The encyclopedia’s easy and attractive style will help readers understand medical terms and diseases and thereby assist in preventing problems and encouraging wellbeing. The substantial level of medical knowledge contained here is not readily available in any other single source for general readers and will allow users to dispel misunderstanding and apprehension that often lead to fear concerning health care.

Finding quality information about health care can be challenging in the increasingly complex world of modern medicine, which includes a growing number of alternative therapies. Written for the consumer and organized alphabetically, this work provides a quick way to research healthrelated subjects. It is easy for the young reader to find reliable information here about a variety of medical conditions from a trusted source. There are extensive, carefully chosen illustrations and tables that make the topics easy to understand and navigate and also give importance to the most relevant science. The immediately accessible question-and-answer feature in every article addresses the most likely concerns. Indexes in every volume help readers find what they want. For more complicated topics and special problems where additional details are needed, volume 18 contains numerous references to books and Websites as well as to medical and counseling organizations that provide more in-depth knowledge.

Although this encyclopedia does not provide a substitute for personal consultation with your doctor, it is my hope that it will be of practical use to all who are seeking general information about their health care. The more you know about human anatomy and physiology, the better prepared you will be to prevent illness and keep your mind and body healthy.

Michael E. Ryan, D.O., Chairman of Pediatrics, Geisinger Health System, and Director of the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Danville, Pennsylvania Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia . . .

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