Know Your Ailment

As per the statistics provided by the World Health Organisation, approximately 70 percent of illnesses do not require medication. Simple home remedies can help alleviate them. About 30 percent of illnesses do need treatment. Of those, 25 percent can be resolved with the help of routine investigations and standard medication. About 3 percent of the patients need antibiotics and simple investigations. Specialists, super-specialists, and sophisticated medical investigations are necessary in only about 2 percent of cases.

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978-81-88569-54-0

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280

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5.50 in x 8.50 in

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Paperback

About The Author

Kamaxi Bhate

Kamaxi Bhate

Dr. Kamaxi Bhate is a professor of Preventive and Social medicine and has been teaching UG/PG/Nursing students in G. S. Medical College for 29 years. She is also in charge of the Patient Education Centre & Malvani Urban Health Centre.

Dr. Bhate has authored several medical booklets. In collaboration with Dr. R. D. Bapat, she wrote a weekly column in the Marathi newspaper Loksatta, which was compiled and published as a book titled Swasthyavedh. She has been actively involved in preparing flipcharts, posters & training materials for KEM Hospital, UNICEF, and NGOs like Path Finder, NACO, CCDT, etc.

Ravi Bapat

Ravi Bapat

Prof. (Dr.) Ravindra Bapat was Professor Emeritus of Department of Surgical Gastroenterology at Seth G. S. Medical College & KEM Hospital, Mumbai. He is the former Chairman of Haffkine Bio-Pharmaceutical Corporation Ltd; former Governing Council member of Tata Memorial Centre; former Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi Mission University of Health Sciences; and former Vice Chancellor, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Bapat’s research interests are Surgical Jaundice and Pancreatitis. He is the recipient of various awards. His publications include Art of Clinical Presentation in Surgery, Companion to Surgical Pathology, Ward No.5, KEM (Marathi & English), Swasthyavedh (Marathi & Gujarati) and Postmortem (Marathi & Gujarati). He excels in sports and is associated with various sports, cultural and social organisations.

This ready reckoner is essential reading for all General Practitioners as well as lay persons, and is an important source of reference for evey home.

As per the statistics provided by the World Health Organisation, approximately 70 percent of illnesses do not require medication. Simple home remedies can help alleviate them. About 30 percent of illnesses do need treatment. Of those, 25 percent can be resolved with the help of routine investigations and standard medication. About 3 percent of the patients need antibiotics and simple investigations. Specialists, super-specialists, and sophisticated medical investigations are necessary in only about 2 percent of cases.

So how do we determine whether our illness requires intensive medical treatment or not? How would we know whether the treatment would lead to recovery or is likely to create further complications? What are the measures we can take at home before we decide to consult a doctor? In view of the escalating cost of medical care and the plethora of tests and investigations that are often prescribed, what must a patient know about his illness to ensure that he gets the correct treatment? Two leading doctors address precisely these questions in this ready reckoner.

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