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British Medical Association Family Health Encyclopedia

Platform : Windows 3.1, Windows 98
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  • The interactive symptoms charts help you diagnose illnesses and find out when it is safe to treat yourself and when to consult the experts
  • The Emergencies and First Aid section gives you quick and accurate advice for accidents from burns to fractures
  • The extensive drug glossary gives you advise on side-effects of the scores of drugs available, so you can understand your own treatment
  • Detailed anatomy section shows you how your body's systems and organs work
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  • Platform:   Windows 3.1 / 98
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00004UCN9
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,070 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description Review

Everyone needs advice about health, and this authoritative electronic reference from the BMA could replace many a well-thumbed medical dictionary. It combines several books in one, sensibly arranged to make it easy to find what you are looking for. In addition to a dictionary of symptoms, the contents include an atlas of the body, a guide to first aid and emergencies, background information on some common diseases and advice on positive health and caring for others. The approach is thus thoroughly modern, advising how to live healthily as well as what to do when something is wrong. The self-diagnosis section gives you advice and information about particular symptoms. You can start by selecting the nearest description from a lengthy list, or choose by pain site or body system. For example, you could choose "chest pain" as a pain site, or "respiratory symptoms" from the body systems screen, or "difficulty breathing" from the A-Z list. Having chosen your starting point, you enter a flowchart where you answer questions about your condition to narrow down the causes. If the possibilities are serious you are advised in clear terms to phone your doctor straight away. In addition, the CD offers more thorough search facilities than a book's index, and you can thread your way through cross-references with a single mouse click. The coverage is excellent, from children's health to the care of older people, and the tone is always reassuring and professional. Emotional and mental health problems are covered as thoroughly as physical symptoms.--Frank Pennycook

Manufacturer's Description

The only general health CD-ROM endorsed by the British Medical Association. This disc is packed with up-to-date information and reliable advice containing simple explanations of over 650 diseases and disorders, practical guidance on preventive health care and reassuring advice on caring for the health needs of all your family.
This reliable and practical guide provides all the information needed to make better health care decisions for all your family.

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Oct. 2001
Not being one to shy away from a spot of self-diagnosis when something a bit horrible starts happening to my body, I purchased this in the hopes that I'd be able to avoid a few uneccessary trips to the doctor's surgery or know when to swallow my embarrassment and seek urgent attention for those blush-inducing ailments.
On the occasions I did use this, I found the self-diagnosis section easy to use though a bit lacking in depth, while the format for the rest of the content was all-too reliant on big lumps of text on a white background (a lot like one of those book thingies!). I also found it lacking in sophistication and a bit clunky when it came to searches and navigation (lots of backtracking through menus).
Still, there are some nice little movies for common diagnostic procedures (colonoscopy, angiography etc) so you know what to expect when you visit the hospital, and some useful voiced animations to help explain certain ailments and procedures. It's just a shame that there aren't more of them.
That said, this is a very handy resource for any household, and has certainly put my mind at rest on a few health issues over the last few years. So, a useful bit of software to have around, but the presentation, useablility and depth of content could do with sprucing up.
(N.B This is not really detailed enough for medical/healthcare science students).
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