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The Merck manual of medical information

Material type: TextTextPublisher: Whitehouse Station, N.J. Merck 1997Edition: Home ed.Description: 1509 s. ill.ISBN: 0911910875.Contained works: Berkow, Robert.Subject(s): MedicinOther classification: V | V
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This resource provides the information found in the physician's version of The Merck Manual of Medical Information written in easy-to-understand, everyday language for the health-conscious individual. Each section contains overviews on anatomy and physiology; in-depth information on symptoms, diagnoses and treatment options; and detailed illustrations.

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  • A Guide for Readers (p. liii)
  • Understanding Medical Terms (p. lv)
  • Section 1 Fundamentals (p. 1)
  • 1 The Human Body (p. 1)
  • 2 Genetics (p. 7)
  • 3 The Aging Body (p. 14)
  • 4 Communicating With Health Care Professionals (p. 19)
  • 5 Prevention (p. 22)
  • 6 Exercise and Fitness (p. 27)
  • 7 Rehabilitation (p. 32)
  • 8 Death and Dying (p. 41)
  • 9 Legal and Ethical Issues (p. 48)
  • Section 2 Drugs (p. 53)
  • 10 Overview of Drugs (p. 53)
  • 11 Drug Administration and Kinetics (p. 57)
  • 12 Drug Dynamics (p. 62)
  • 13 Factors Affecting Response to Drugs (p. 66)
  • 14 Drugs and Aging (p. 70)
  • 15 Adverse Drug Reactions (p. 73)
  • 16 Compliance With Drug Treatment (p. 76)
  • 17 Trade-Name and Generic Drugs (p. 79)
  • 18 Over-the-Counter Drugs (p. 82)
  • 19 Medicinal Herbs and Nutraceuticals (p. 92)
  • Section 3 Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders (p. 101)
  • 20 Biology of the Heart and Blood Vessels (p. 101)
  • 21 Symptoms and Diagnosis of Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders (p. 105)
  • 22 High Blood Pressure (p. 117)
  • 23 Low Blood Pressure (p. 126)
  • 24 Shock (p. 132)
  • 25 Heart Failure (p. 134)
  • 26 Cardiomyopathy (p. 142)
  • 27 Abnormal Heart Rhythms (p. 146)
  • 28 Heart Valve Disorders (p. 157)
  • 29 Infective Endocarditis (p. 165)
  • 30 Pericardial Disease (p. 168)
  • 31 Heart Tumors (p. 172)
  • 32 Atherosclerosis (p. 174)
  • 33 Coronary Artery Disease (p. 178)
  • 34 Peripheral Arterial Disease (p. 194)
  • 35 Aneurysms and Aortic Dissection (p. 203)
  • 36 Venous Disorders (p. 208)
  • 37 Lymphatic Disorders (p. 216)
  • Section 4 Lung and Airway Disorders (p. 219)
  • 38 Biology of the Lungs and Airways (p. 219)
  • 39 Symptoms and Diagnosis of Lung Disorders (p. 223)
  • 40 Pulmonary Rehabilitation (p. 233)
  • 41 Bronchitis (p. 236)
  • 42 Pneumonia (p. 237)
  • 43 Lung Abscess (p. 245)
  • 44 Asthma (p. 246)
  • 45 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (p. 253)
  • 46 Pulmonary Embolism (p. 257)
  • 47 Bronchiectasis (p. 260)
  • 48 Atelectasis (p. 263)
  • 49 Occupational Lung Diseases (p. 265)
  • 50 Infiltrative Lung Diseases (p. 271)
  • 51 Allergic Diseases of the Lungs (p. 278)
  • 52 Pleural Disorders (p. 282)
  • 53 Cystic Fibrosis (p. 286)
  • 54 Pulmonary Hypertension (p. 290)
  • 55 Respiratory Failure (p. 293)
  • 56 Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (p. 294)
  • 57 Lung Cancer (p. 296)
  • Section 5 Bone, Joint, and Muscle Disorders (p. 300)
  • 58 Biology of the Musculoskeletal System (p. 301)
  • 59 Symptoms and Diagnosis of Musculoskeletal Disorders (p. 304)
  • 60 Osteoporosis (p. 308)
  • 61 Paget's Disease of Bone (p. 311)
  • 62 Fractures (p. 313)
  • 63 Bone Tumors (p. 323)
  • 64 Avascular Necrosis of the Bone (p. 325)
  • 65 Bone and Joint Infections (p. 327)
  • 66 Osteoarthritis (p. 330)
  • 67 Rheumatoid Arthritis and Other Types of Inflammatory Arthritis (p. 333)
  • 68 Autoimmune Disorders of Connective Tissue (p. 340)
  • 69 Vasculitic Disorders of Connective Tissue (p. 348)
  • 70 Gout and Pseudogout (p. 353)
  • 71 Hand Disorders (p. 356)
  • 72 Foot Problems (p. 364)
  • 73 Muscular Dystrophy and Related Disorders (p. 372)
  • 74 Disorders of Muscles, Bursas, and Tendons (p. 375)
  • 75 Sports Injuries (p. 379)
  • Section 6 Brain, Spinal Cord, and Nerve Disorders (p. 389)
  • 76 Biology of the Nervous System (p. 390)
  • 77 Diagnosis of Brain, Spinal Cord, and Nerve Disorders (p. 395)
  • 78 Pain (p. 402)
  • 79 Headaches (p. 411)
  • 80 Dizziness and Vertigo (p. 416)
  • 81 Sleep Disorders (p. 421)
  • 82 Brain Dysfunction (p. 428)
  • 83 Delirium and Dementia (p. 433)
  • 84 Stupor and Coma (p. 443)
  • 85 Seizure Disorders (p. 447)
  • 86 Stroke (p. 454)
  • 87 Head Injuries (p. 463)
  • 88 Tumors of the Nervous System (p. 469)
  • 89 Infections of the Brain and Spinal Cord (p. 478)
  • 90 Prion Diseases (p. 490)
  • 91 Movement Disorders (p. 492)
  • 92 Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders (p. 504)
  • 93 Spinal Cord Disorders (p. 508)
  • 94 Low Back Pain (p. 515)
  • 95 Peripheral Nerve Disorders (p. 521)
  • 96 Cranial Nerve Disorders (p. 534)
  • 97 Smell and Taste Disorders (p. 539)
  • Section 7 Mental Health Disorders (p. 542)
  • 98 Overview of Mental Health Care (p. 542)
  • 99 Somatoform Disorders (p. 546)
  • 100 Anxiety Disorders (p. 549)
  • 101 Depression and Mania (p. 557)
  • 102 Suicidal Behavior (p. 565)
  • 103 Eating Disorders (p. 567)
  • 104 Sexuality (p. 570)
  • 105 Personality Disorder (p. 573)
  • 106 Amnesia and Related Disorders (p. 578)
  • 107 Schizophrenia and Delusional Disorder (p. 582)
  • 108 Drug Use and Abuse (p. 587)
  • Section 8 Mouth and Dental Disorders (p. 601)
  • 109 Biology of the Mouth (p. 601)
  • 110 Lip and Tongue Disorders (p. 603)
  • 111 Salivary Gland Disorders (p. 605)
  • 112 Mouth Sores (p. 606)
  • 113 Growths in the Mouth (p. 609)
  • 114 Tooth Disorders (p. 612)
  • 115 Periodontal Diseases (p. 619)
  • 116 Temporomandibular Disorders (p. 623)
  • 117 Urgent Dental Problems (p. 627)
  • Section 9 Digestive Disorders (p. 630)
  • 118 Biology of the Digestive System (p. 630)
  • 119 Symptoms and Diagnosis of Digestive Disorders (p. 634)
  • 120 Disorders of the Esophagus (p. 642)
  • 121 Peptic Disorders (p. 646)
  • 122 Gastroenteritis (p. 654)
  • 123 Hiatus Hernia, Bezoars, and Foreign Bodies (p. 661)
  • 124 Pancreatitis (p. 663)
  • 125 Malabsorption (p. 667)
  • 126 Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (p. 671)
  • 127 Antibiotic-Associated Colitis (p. 678)
  • 128 Diverticular Disease (p. 679)
  • 129 Bowel Movement Disorders (p. 682)
  • 130 Disorders of the Anus and Rectum (p. 691)
  • 131 Tumors of the Digestive System (p. 696)
  • 132 Gastrointestinal Emergencies (p. 707)
  • Section 10 Liver and Gallbladder Disorders (p. 715)
  • 133 Biology of the Liver and Gallbladder (p. 715)
  • 134 Diagnostic Tests for Liver and Gallbladder Disorders (p. 717)
  • 135 Clinical Manifestations of Liver Disease (p. 720)
  • 136 Fatty Liver, Cirrhosis, and Related Disorders (p. 725)
  • 137 Hepatitis (p. 729)
  • 138 Blood Vessel Disorders of the Liver (p. 733)
  • 139 Liver Tumors (p. 737)
  • 140 Gallbladder Disorders (p. 740)
  • Section 11 Kidney and Urinary Tract Disorders (p. 744)
  • 141 Biology of the Kidneys and Urinary Tract (p. 744)
  • 142 Symptoms and Diagnosis of Kidney and Urinary Tract Disorders (p. 747)
  • 143 Kidney Failure (p. 752)
  • 144 Nephritis (p. 760)
  • 145 Blood Vessel Disorders of the Kidneys (p. 767)
  • 146 Tubular and Cystic Kidney Disorders (p. 771)
  • 147 Urinary Incontinence (p. 778)
  • 148 Urinary Tract Obstruction (p. 783)
  • 149 Urinary Tract Infections (p. 787)
  • 150 Injury to the Urinary Tract (p. 792)
  • 151 Cancers of the Kidney and Urinary Tract (p. 795)
  • Section 12 Disorders of Nutrition and Metabolism (p. 799)
  • 152 Overview of Nutrition (p. 799)
  • 153 Undernutrition (p. 806)
  • 154 Vitamins (p. 809)
  • 155 Minerals and Electrolytes (p. 818)
  • 156 Obesity (p. 831)
  • 157 Disorders of Cholesterol (p. 836)
  • 158 Water Balance (p. 842)
  • 159 Acid-Base Balance (p. 845)
  • 160 Porphyrias (p. 847)
  • Section 13 Hormonal Disorders (p. 851)
  • 161 Biology of the Endocrine System (p. 851)
  • 162 Pituitary Gland Disorders (p. 853)
  • 163 Thyroid Gland Disorders (p. 860)
  • 164 Adrenal Gland Disorders (p. 868)
  • 165 Diabetes Mellitus (p. 873)
  • 166 Hypoglycemia (p. 881)
  • 167 Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndromes (p. 883)
  • 168 Carcinoid Tumors (p. 884)
  • Section 14 Blood Disorders (p. 886)
  • 169 Biology of Blood (p. 886)
  • 170 Symptoms and Diagnosis of Blood Disorders (p. 888)
  • 171 Blood Transfusion (p. 890)
  • 172 Anemia (p. 894)
  • 173 Bleeding and Clotting Disorders (p. 902)
  • 174 White Blood Cell Disorders (p. 908)
  • 175 Plasma Cell Disorders (p. 912)
  • 176 Leukemias (p. 916)
  • 177 Lymphomas (p. 922)
  • 178 Myeloproliferative Disorders (p. 928)
  • 179 Spleen Disorders (p. 931)
  • Section 15 Cancer (p. 935)
  • 180 Overview of Cancer (p. 935)
  • 181 Symptoms and Diagnosis of Cancer (p. 938)
  • 182 Prevention and Treatment of Cancer (p. 944)
  • Section 16 Immune Disorders (p. 950)
  • 183 Biology of the Immune System (p. 950)
  • 184 Immunodeficiency Disorders (p. 956)
  • 185 Allergic Reactions (p. 962)
  • 186 Autoimmune Disorders (p. 971)
  • 187 Transplantation (p. 973)
  • Section 17 Infections (p. 982)
  • 188 Biology of Infectious Disease (p. 982)
  • 189 Immunization (p. 988)
  • 190 Bacterial Infections (p. 990)
  • 191 Bacteremia, Sepsis, and Septic Shock (p. 1012)
  • 192 Antibiotics (p. 1014)
  • 193 Tuberculosis (p. 1018)
  • 194 Leprosy (p. 1022)
  • 195 Rickettsial and Ehrlichial Infections (p. 1024)
  • 196 Parasitic Infections (p. 1027)
  • 197 Fungal Infections (p. 1039)
  • 198 Viral Infections (p. 1044)
  • 199 Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection (p. 1057)
  • 200 Sexually Transmitted Diseases (p. 1064)
  • Section 18 Skin Disorders (p. 1073)
  • 201 Biology of the Skin (p. 1073)
  • 202 Diagnosis and Treatment of Skin Disorders (p. 1075)
  • 203 Itching and Noninfectious Rashes (p. 1078)
  • 204 Acne (p. 1090)
  • 205 Pressure Sores (p. 1093)
  • 206 Sweating Disorders (p. 1095)
  • 207 Hair Disorders (p. 1096)
  • 208 Pigment Disorders (p. 1098)
  • 209 Blistering Diseases (p. 1100)
  • 210 Parasitic Skin Infections (p. 1102)
  • 211 Bacterial Skin Infections (p. 1103)
  • 212 Fungal Skin Infections (p. 1108)
  • 213 Viral Skin Infections (p. 1111)
  • 214 Sunlight and Skin Damage (p. 1112)
  • 215 Noncancerous Skin Growths (p. 1115)
  • 216 Skin Cancers (p. 1119)
  • Section 19 Ears, Nose, and Throat Disorders (p. 1123)
  • 217 Biology of the Ears, Nose, and Throat (p. 1123)
  • 218 Hearing Loss and Deafness (p. 1126)
  • 219 Outer Ear Disorders (p. 1131)
  • 220 Middle and Inner Ear Disorders (p. 1134)
  • 221 Disorders of the Nose and Sinuses (p. 1139)
  • 222 Throat Disorders (p. 1144)
  • 223 Nose and Throat Cancers (p. 1147)
  • Section 20 Eye Disorders (p. 1151)
  • 224 Biology of the Eyes (p. 1151)
  • 225 Symptoms and Diagnosis of Eye Disorders (p. 1154)
  • 226 Refractive Disorders (p. 1161)
  • 227 Eye Injuries (p. 1164)
  • 228 Eyelid and Tear Gland Disorders (p. 1167)
  • 229 Disorders of the Conjunctiva and Sclera (p. 1170)
  • 230 Corneal Disorders (p. 1173)
  • 231 Cataract (p. 1176)
  • 232 Uveitis (p. 1178)
  • 233 Glaucoma (p. 1179)
  • 234 Retinal Disorders (p. 1182)
  • 235 Optic Nerve Disorders (p. 1187)
  • 236 Eye Socket Disorders (p. 1189)
  • Section 21 Men's Health Issues (p. 1192)
  • 237 Male Reproductive System (p. 1192)
  • 238 Disorders of the Penis and Testes (p. 1194)
  • 239 Prostate Disorders (p. 1199)
  • 240 Sexual Dysfunction (p. 1205)
  • Section 22 Women's Health Issues (p. 1211)
  • 241 Biology of the Female Reproductive System (p. 1212)
  • 242 Symptoms and Diagnosis of Gynecologic Disorders (p. 1217)
  • 243 Menopause (p. 1224)
  • 244 Menstrual Disorders and Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding (p. 1229)
  • 245 Endometriosis (p. 1235)
  • 246 Fibroids (p. 1238)
  • 247 Vaginal Infections (p. 1240)
  • 248 Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (p. 1243)
  • 249 Pelvic Floor Disorders (p. 1245)
  • 250 Sexual Dysfunction (p. 1247)
  • 251 Breast Disorders (p. 1252)
  • 252 Cancers of the Female Reproductive System (p. 1265)
  • 253 Violence Against Women (p. 1274)
  • 254 Infertility (p. 1277)
  • 255 Family Planning (p. 1282)
  • 256 Detection of Genetic Disorders (p. 1291)
  • 257 Normal Pregnancy (p. 1296)
  • 258 High-Risk Pregnancy (p. 1305)
  • 259 Drug Use During Pregnancy (p. 1318)
  • 260 Normal Labor and Delivery (p. 1323)
  • 261 Complications of Labor and Delivery (p. 1329)
  • 262 Postdelivery Period (p. 1334)
  • Section 23 Children's Health Issues (p. 1339)
  • 263 Normal Newborns and Infants (p. 1340)
  • 264 Problems in Newborns (p. 1350)
  • 265 Birth Defects (p. 1365)
  • 266 Chromosomal and Genetic Abnormalities (p. 1380)
  • 267 Problems in Infants and Very Young Children (p. 1383)
  • 268 Normal Preschool and School-Aged Children (p. 1390)
  • 269 Behavioral and Developmental Problems in Young Children (p. 1395)
  • 270 Normal Adolescents (p. 1403)
  • 271 Problems in Adolescents (p. 1405)
  • 272 Bacterial Infections (p. 1410)
  • 273 Viral Infections (p. 1418)
  • 274 Respiratory Disorders (p. 1431)
  • 275 Digestive Disorders (p. 1434)
  • 276 Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders (p. 1441)
  • 277 Eye Disorders (p. 1447)
  • 278 Bone Disorders (p. 1449)
  • 279 Hereditary Connective Tissue Disorders (p. 1453)
  • 280 Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (p. 1457)
  • 281 Diabetes Mellitus (p. 1458)
  • 282 Hereditary Disorders of Metabolism (p. 1461)
  • 283 Childhood Cancers (p. 1466)
  • 284 Cerebral Palsy (p. 1469)
  • 285 Mental Retardation (p. 1471)
  • 286 Mental Health Disorders (p. 1474)
  • 287 Social Issues Affecting Children and Their Families (p. 1481)
  • 288 Child Neglect and Abuse (p. 1486)
  • Section 24 Accidents and Injuries (p. 1490)
  • 289 Burns (p. 1490)
  • 290 Heat Disorders (p. 1494)
  • 291 Cold Injuries (p. 1496)
  • 292 Radiation Injury (p. 1499)
  • 293 Electrical and Lightning Injuries (p. 1503)
  • 294 Near Drowning (p. 1506)
  • 295 Diving and Compressed Air Injuries (p. 1507)
  • 296 Altitude Illness (p. 1512)
  • 297 Poisoning (p. 1514)
  • 298 Bites and Stings (p. 1521)
  • 299 First Aid (p. 1527)
  • Section 25 Special Subjects (p. 1533)
  • 300 Medical Decision Making (p. 1533)
  • 301 Surgery (p. 1536)
  • 302 Complementary and Alternative Medicine (p. 1541)
  • 303 Travel and Health (p. 1545)
  • 304 Amyloidosis (p. 1551)
  • 305 Familial Mediterranean Fever (p. 1552)
  • 306 Diseases of Unknown Cause (p. 1553)
  • Appendixes (p. 1557)
  • I Weights and Measures (p. 1557)
  • II Common Medical Tests (p. 1559)
  • III Drug Names: Generic and Trade (p. 1566)
  • IV Resources for Help and Information (p. 1592)
  • Index (p. 1607)