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Starting with First Aid and Hygienic practices, there are many medical books that are meant to sooth the needs of non-professionals and non-medics. “The Merck Manual of Medical Information (Home Edition)” is one of such books. But that’s not the gist. The gist is that it stands head and shoulders above the rest: in terms of sheer information.
What this book contains is fantastic. And, the simplicity of its narratives is something else. I just can’t recommend it enough! As a knowledgeable person on disease etiologies, I was impressed by how this book made complex scientific processes easily comprehensible. The same goes with its coverage of nutrition and fitness. Everything seemed dynamic and digestible.
The biggest and only shortcoming of this book, which I noticed is that there are not many pictorial illustrations in it—when compared to its many narratives. For this reason, those who prefer to visually scan pages before reading them, may not like it too much. However, if you value impeccable narratives, which are not just accurate, but as educative as they are entertaining: then you are in for a great treat!
One of the things that continues to impress me concerning this book is it very low price. Merck is certainly not the best firm in the world. Still, it should be praised (and even awarded accolades) for making such a wealth of clinically relevant information cheaply available. There is no aspect of medicine that eluded the tentacles of this book. Even surgical prognoses were highlighted.
Without any second thought, this is one medical book that I would recommend for any non-professional, who may wish to pay closer attention to his or her general well-being. The vast information it harbors on nutrition and the benefits of staying trim and fit, is another reason why I should suggest that it is given a shelf-space in every home.
Yes, Merck claims that it is the world’s most widely used medical reference, which is available in everyday language. Well, I can neither confirm nor disprove that. All I can say is that every cent spent on this book is money well-spent. There are a number of other medical books, which Merck geared towards non-professionals. I have perused most of them; and none seemed (to me) as impressive as this Home Edition of “The Merck Manual of Medical Information”.
In the past, Merck Manuals were exclusively meant for doctors and other healthcare professionals. But for the past ten or fifteen years, things have turned for the better. And here we are today: with one of the most rewarding bundle of information, selling cheaper than peanuts of equal weight. That is what any reasonable mind would term sensibility.
More than two hundred clinicians and other medical experts contributed to the writing of this manual. And their efforts braced all aspects of health including the following:
· Accidents and Injuries
· Heart Diseases
· Lung Disease
· Skin Disorders
· Hormonal Problems
· Kidney Problems
· Digestive Disorders
· Nutrition and Fitness
· Hematologic Disorders
· Mental Health
· Care of the Dying
Many other topics pertaining to issues like drug abuse, prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs, toxicology, vaccines and immunization, are also included. Towards the end of the book are a number of useful Appendices, which contain several help resources and related info.
Everything in the book could be easily reachable via a well-detailed search index. There are many other positive attributes of this book, (like various tabulated illustrations and statistics), which I have no time to emphasize here. And as already mentioned, the lack of many diagrams and pictorial illustrations are the only bane that it needs to overcome.
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