Body Signs
Joan Liebmann-Smith and Jacqueline Egan
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Body Signs: From Warning Signs to False Alarms...How to Be Your Own Diagnostic Detective
Joan Liebmann-Smith and Jacqueline Egan
322 pages
December 2007
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Do you have an ear fold? What about droopy eyes? Ever wonder about that skin tag, or why people lose their head hair in certain patterns? Would you like to learn more about issues that you find too embarrassing to ask your doctor or donít ask because you donít want to waste their time? Then Body Signs is for you.

Learn about the historical significance of seemingly normal body functions such as the ominous sneeze. Did you know that Egyptians did the first nose jobs in 3000 B.C.? Amazing information like this graces every page, along with facts that will help readers define the significance of their ailment. The concept behind this book is to help people recognize possible signs of physical disorder or disease that might be prevented if diagnosed early. However, another benefit may be fewer medical costs due to a more informed public. The reader will find comfort in the pages, empowering them with information in a friendly and entertaining way.

Hair, eyes, ears, nose, lips, throat and neck, torso, extremities, private parts, body wastes, nails and skin are all briefly touched upon here. The book does not cover viruses or most other diseases with symptoms that would have the person heading for the doctor anyway. These are hidden, potential symptoms of an underlying issue that can be helped if caught early. The book closes with three appendices that offer recommended websites and books, patient checklists, and a review of multi-system diseases and their signs.

Body Signs is co-written by Joan Liebmann-Smith (PhD) and Jacqueline Nardi Egan. Built for durability, for multiple readings and a long-lasting resource, the book comes in hardcover format with a colorful protective slipcover. North American readers will be pleased to know that the book is published and printed locally, reducing fossil fuel use during transport. Other than this, I could find no other eco-printing steps used in the publication of this book, such as recycled content. As such, I feel I have to dock it 1/2 a star. Otherwise I enjoyed the brief format, which is perfect for todayís readers who are both short on time and often lose interest in long-winded books of this genre. I donít usually keep the books I review, as most are donated to the local literacy organization or womenís resource center, but I couldnít justify parting with this one. It has found a place on my resource shelf.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Lillian Brummet, 2008

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