Consult the second edition of this authoritative, comprehensive, in-depth medical guide for information on more than 1,700 medical topics in language accessible to adult laypersons. Presented in a single alphabetical sequence, articles range in length from one or two paragraphs for minor topics, to several pages or more for major topics. Disease/disorder articles typically cover definition; description; causes and symptoms; diagnosis; treatments; prevention; and more. Test/treatment articles typically cover definition; purposes; precautions; preparation; risks; normal and abnormal results; and much more. This second edition includes more than 200 new entries, 300 updated entries, approximately 650 color images and illustrations, and a comprehensive subject index. New features include biographical and historical sidebars throughout the text.
Disease/disorder articles contain some or all of the following sections:
Test/treatment articles contain some or all of the following sections:
This title is now available in eBook format through Gale Virtual Reference Library.
"This six-volume set, the fourth edition of this ready-reference title, incorporates new topics and updated information...Color illustrations for some entries are useful in visualizing anatomical systems and structures like the heart, or biological processes such as the allergic response...This title is suitable for high school, public, and undergraduate academic libraries, as well as consumer health collections. Summing up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates, two-year technical program students, and general readers."
--CHOICE, April 2012
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