The Complete Home Medical Guide is such a good reference book! It is written in a style that is very easy to understand with colourful diagrams and photos. It is quite a big hardback book with nearly 650 pages.
As well as explaining the symptoms, treatments and causes of hundreds of illnesses there are other helpful sections. The first chapter ‘Lifestyle and Health’ has information on immunisations, diet, exercise and family medical history. There is also a chapter of flow charts which you can use to find out possible causes for someone who is feeling ill. Although most of the suggestions advise you to make an appointment to see your doctor, some of them tell you to ring for an ambulance, see an optician or just use painkillers/other home remedies.
Most of the book is taken up with information on different illnesses. It is split up according to areas of the body rather than being in alphabetical order which makes it easier to find what you’re looking for. For example, there are chapters called ‘Teeth and Gums’, ‘Respiratory System’, and ‘Musculoskeletal System’. There is also a chapter on pregnancy which has interesting facts on how breastfeeding works and the stages of pregnancy, along with possible things that could go wrong during pregnancy. Another chapter is called ‘Infancy and Childhood’ and it gives loads of information about how babies develop as they get older as well as common illnesses in children.
At the end of the book is a section about treating disease which tells you about different drugs, surgery and the types of care available at nursing homes, hospitals or home care.
The internet has so much information about every sort of illness you can think of that I wasn’t sure whether this book would actually be much help. However the book has just the right amount of information. Instead of wading through pages and pages from internet, you can quickly find a summarised version in the book containing all of the key points. As it is published in association with the British Medical Association, you know that you are getting the right information.
I think this book is going to be very useful over the years and it is definitely an essential for any family. For £35 it is certainly worth the money.