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Mayo Clinic Guide to Self-Care, 7th Edition

Answers for everyday health problems

Cindy A. Kermott, M.D., M.P.H., and Martha P. Millman, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Healthy cooking tips, updated fitness recommendations — and much more.
  • Research and recommendations on popular integrative medicine therapies and approaches.
  • Adult screening guidelines, as well as new adult and pediatric immunization guidelines.



infoThe Facts


Women below the age of 50 need twice the amount of iron per day as men of the same age.

Nearly two decades ago, Philip T. Hagen, M.D., had a vision for developing a Mayo Clinic guide for consumers that would empower people to take charge of their health. He called on his colleagues to share their expertise on more than 150 topics. Today, that number has grown to more than 300 topics, from how to handle medical emergencies to how to deal with common problems such as back pain.

It all started with a review of the top reasons adults and children visit a doctor based on discussion with Mayo Clinic physicians, nurses and others. The team also consulted with health care providers, employers and managers of corporate health programs to learn what illnesses and injuries are common in the workplace.

The result is an invaluable resource that focuses on how to prevent illness; how to detect illness before it becomes a serious and costly problem; and how to avoid unnecessary trips to the clinic or emergency room.

2017 • 300 pages • Mayo Clinic Press

Cindy A. Kermott. M.D., M.P.H.​Cindy A. Kermott, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Kermott, medical editor of The Integrative Guide to Good Health, and the seventh editions of Mayo Clinic Guide to Self-Care is a specialist in the Executive and International Medicine Program and the medical director of the Preventive Services Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She is also an assistant professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

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Martha P. Millman, M.D., M.P.H.​Martha P. Millman, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Millman, medical editor of The Integrative Guide to Good Health, and the sixth and seventh editions of Mayo Clinic Guide to Self-Care, is an emeritus physician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, with career expertise in preventive medicine, hyperbaric medicine and wound care.

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