Mayo Clinic Guide to Self-Care, Seventh Edition, provides reliable, practical, easy-to-understand information on more than 300 common medical conditions and issues relating to your health.
No book can replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. Instead, our intent is to help you understand and safely manage some common health problems. In addition, you’ll learn how to recognize serious problems so that you’ll know when to contact your health care provider and when to call 911 or your local emergency number.
How this book is organized Most chapters in Mayo Clinic Guide to Self-Care begin with a general discussion of the health topic, sometimes including signs and symptoms and a summary of the cause. Next, look for: - Self-care and prevention suggestions highlighted in blue shading - “Medical help” headings, which advise you when to see a doctor or other health care provider and what kind of treatment you might expect - “Kids’ care” headings when there’s special information regarding children (however, the book is not meant to be a comprehensive resource of childhood illnesses) - Information in gray boxes related to topics on a page In the table of contents, you’ll find eight major sections: - Emergencies and urgent care - General symptoms - Common problems - Specific conditions - Mental health - Staying healthy - Your health and the workplace - The healthy consumer Browse the contents to get familiar with the topics and the format. Don’t forget the index at the back. Scan the book so that you know where to look when specific health concerns arise.