Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Symptom Sorter

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Symptom Sorter

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Symptom Sorter. Edited by K. Hopcroft and V. Forte. Published by Radcliffe Publishing, 2014. 470pp. ISBN: 13976191022718 3.

Public health deals with preventive care of populations. General medical practice concerns the disease management of individual patients. Clinical public health consists of preventive procedures of individual persons in a community or country, such as immunisation, obesity management, starvation care and smoking cessation. A symptom is an indication of presence of a disease or disorder, especially something perceived by the patient and not outwardly visible - for example, pain or nausea. A symptom gives clues for one or more diseases or disorders.

This book describes symptoms in an authentic, concise and readable form. The format of the text is suitable, for practical use, in clinical public health preventive clinics and general medical curative clinics (surgeries in the United Kingdom). Four common public health issues, out of many mentioned in this book, are good examples of preventive medicine.

Obesity occurs worldwide, but it is more common in Western countries. To prevent or treat a disease, we need clues which are called symptoms. Six symptoms indicate diseases due to obesity: abdominal swelling, breast enlargement in men, leg ulcers with gross oedema, shortness of breath, swollen ankles and weight gain. …

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