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Mayo Clinic Guide to Self-Care

Answers for Everyday Health Problems

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.