This book is not as helpful as the description leads you to believe. It does very little to describe possible causes of your symptoms and each symptom has a ridiculous chart that goes something like this:
Does your head hurt? Yes --> Is there bleeding? --> Yes --> Go to the emergency room
Does your head hurt? Yes --> Is there bleeding? --> No --> Take some pain reliever
Take care of yourself and get Time-Life's Dr. Koop's guide instead. It's a much more detailed and informative book.
This is the world's bestselling health guide, and the only one that has been found to help reduce visits to the doctor. "Take Care of Yourself" is easy to use, even in a crisis. Simply look up a symptom in one of the chapters listed at the left. You'll find a complete explanation of likely causes and how you might relieve that problem at home. Diagrams will help you recognize problems and, in many cases, treat them quickly and easily. Easy-to-follow decision charts tell you exactly when to see a doctor. This book also covers emergencies, how to avoid health problems, what to keep in a home pharmacy, and how to work best with your doctor.