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